Electricity emissions target 26pct: NEG

April 16, 2018

State governments are being urged to consider the community benefits of wind farms.

State governments should consider renewable energy policy that benefits regional communities, the wind sector says.

A new report by the Australian Wind Alliance says wind farm construction has boosted regional Australia's economy by $4 billion.

Host communities are also expected to receive $10.5 billion from existing and under construction wind farms over their 25-year life span, the sector forecasts.

"With COAG due to consider the National Energy Guarantee later this week, it's crucial states insist on the right policy settings to make sure this boom continues and delivers even greater benefits for rural communities," AWA national co-ordinator Andrew Bray said.

There are currently 82 wind farms across Australia, another 14 are under construction and more than 70 are in the development stage, the report says.

It predicts regional communities will continue to benefit from payments to landholders and community enhancement funds as Australia works toward the 2020 renewable energy target.

The target is part of the national energy guarantee which will be considered by state and federal energy and climate ministers in Melbourne this week.

The Energy Security Board circulated a design document outlining the framework on Friday.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told the National Press Club last week that he hopes to have the guarantee signed off by states and territories shortly with the hope legislation to implement it could pass federal parliament by the end of the year.

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