Napthine has no medicine for wind power pain

There was hope that new Victorian leader Denis Napthine would alter the highly restrictive planning rules governing wind farms. This morning those hopes were dashed, but changes could mean less turbines and cheaper energy.

Newly minted Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has announced a ministerial reshuffle that has kept Matthew Guy in his position as minister for planning while ensuring his closest rival and former energy minister, Michael O’Brien, is kept very busy as Treasurer. Nicholas Kotsiras has replaced O’Brien in the energy portfolio.

With Kotsiras views on energy policy largely unknown, concern in the energy sector centres on what Guy’s retention of planning means for the highly restrictive planning rules governing wind farms.

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