Two New South Wales federal electorates, held by Coalition MPs, are identified as having the most potential in Australia for renewable energy generation.
Key points:The federal seats of Calare and Hume in NSW are identified as having the best potential for renewable energy generationThe regions have two of three high powered transmission corridors into SydneyThe federal government is urged to invest in more infrastructure to meet demand
The seats of Calare and Hume cover the state's Central West, Southern Tablelands and parts of south-western Sydney, around Camden and Liverpool.
Professor Andrew Blakers from the Australian National University said these regions have ample sun, wind and pumped hydro.
But he said they have another quality setting them apart from other areas of the country.
"Two of the three high-powered transmission corridors go through Lithgow and up the Hume Highway, so any solar and wind farm that's close to those two corridors has a big advantage: They can get their power into Sydney," Professor Blakers said.
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The seat of Calare is held by Nationals MP Andrew Gee and Hume is represented by the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor.
The electorates have been targeted by renewable energy companies for years.
"They and their constituents are sitting in perhaps the best region in the whole of Australia for rapid deployment of solar and wind with tens of billions of dollars of investment going into their electorates with thousands of jobs," Professor Blakers said.
"That makes them right at the top of districts in Australia for rapid roll out of renewable energy."
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Professor Blakers said that the country currently produces about 40 gigawatts of solar and wind power and will reach 400 gigawatts by 2040.
"The federal government really needs to get on board," he said.
"If the federal government is not prepared to get the transmission built, it should get right out of the way and let the states get on with it."
He said the commonwealth needs to make policy changes to allow more private investment in the infrastructure.
"The rules around new transmission need to be thrown away and new ones rapidly introduced so that private companies can get on and fix the problem.
"The more transmission that is built, means more solar and wind is built, which means prices go down, not up."
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said the government was supporting market reforms that would improve transmission and investment, and maintain grid stability.
The statement said all major priority transmission projects in the National Energy Market were being supported.
In a statement, Andrew Gee said the Australian Energy Market Operator was responsible for planning and forecasting infrastructure needs that would apply to the Calare electorate.
Earlier this week, Mr Gee announced that Lithgow will benefit from the Coalition's agreement to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
"No one at any level of government from the Prime Minister down, Angus Taylor all of our party could be in any doubt about the situation that communities such as Lithgow could be facing and so we need to be getting those regional plans in place," Mr Gee said.
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