Greenpeace Australia Pacific has applauded today’s announcement of a $3 billion boost of Western Australia’s clean energy transition, saying that it shows the state’s future is in renewables, not gas.The Albanese and Cook Governments announced the landmark deal today, which will include funding for priority upgrades to Western Australia’s electricity grids to prepare the state for the renewable energy boom.

Jess Panegyres, Head of Clean Energy Transition at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, said the announcement paves the way for WA to become a renewable energy superpower.

“Today’s announcement shows that Western Australia’s future lies in clean energy, brimming with opportunities and good, clean jobs right across the state. It’s a great indication of the direction of travel for both our State and Federal Governments, and it’s fantastic to see cooperation to ensure our state has the funding and support it needs to capitalise on the renewables boom,” she said.

“Greenpeace has been calling for funding to secure WA’s clean energy future, and applauds this as an important step forward for our state.

“We’re looking forward to further details, and will be watching closely to ensure this important funding doesn’t end up in the hands of the gas industry, who have been actively attempting to commandeer funds earmarked for clean energy. We look forward to further in-budget Federal and State funds allocated for this important work.

“While this is fantastic news, the climate benefits of this funding will be undermined if Woodside is allowed to proceed with its Burrup Hub project, the most polluting new fossil fuel project in Australia.”

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