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Australian wind farms face A$17b wipeout from political impasse

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Wind farms are Australia's No 2 renewable energy source, behind hydropower but ahead of solar, providing a quarter of the country's clean energy and 4 per cent of its total energy demand.

Sydney

AUSTRALIA faces a A$17 billion (S$17.9 billion) exodus of investment from its wind farm industry because of a political deadlock, threatening to deal the country a major economic blow and kill hopes of meeting a self-imposed clean energy target.

Some 44 Australian wind farm