Victorian Premier Dan Andrews blathered on his FaceBook page that wind farms create lots of jobs. In March this year I revealed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) renewable employment figures which showed all states seeing declines. By state, South Australia has seen a 65% fall in green jobs since the peak in 2011/12. Victoria down 46%, Queensland down 49%, NSW down 32% & WA down 55%. The problem with green jobs is they are not sustainable.
ABS Program Manager of Environment and Agricultural Statistics, Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly, said that Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia provides experimental estimates of the levels of employment in renewable energy by state and territory, and by types of renewable energy activities.
“Annual full time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy activities was estimated to be 11,150 in 2015-16, down 16 per cent from 13,300 in 2014-15 and down from a peak of 19,220 in 2011-12,” Ms Wardlaw-Kelly said.
Wind Power in Australia made up 1,200 jobs in total in 2014/15 down from 1,700 in 2013/14 according to the ABS. Total employment in the industry is around 65,000. So for the boom that Premier Andrews is talking about the stats tell a different story. As the ABS stats clearly show, renewable jobs aren’t sustainable. While there is a spurt in construction this disappears and then consumers are faced with higher electricity prices and blackouts because they don’t provide baseload power.