A move to ban wind farms in NSW and Queensland could see thousands of homes and businesses affected by the state’s power crisis.
The Coalition is also seeking to overturn the High Court ruling, which upheld the state government’s decision to ban the construction of large-scale wind farms.
The Government said on Monday that the decision would have a direct impact on the energy security of thousands of people in the states.
The decision came after the High Courts declared the High Country Electricity Market had been created to be the “market for energy”.
Under the government’s proposal, only two large wind farms could be built in the state, the last one being at the site of the current wind farm in the town of Newstead.
A spokeswoman for the NSW Department of Environment said that the government was reviewing the High Ct ruling, but that it was working with industry to ensure the industry could continue to compete with large- scale wind farms, while ensuring the high quality of energy that was needed.
Ms Goss told ABC Radio Hobart the Government was working closely with industry, particularly on the design and construction of the large wind farm.
The state Government has also been reviewing a range of other options for power supply, including a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade system.
A spokesperson for the State Government said that there were no plans to impose a moratorium on large wind turbines in NSW.
It is currently working with the state industry on the implementation of the recommendations of the High Cost Carbon Assessment (HCCA).
In a statement, the Department of Energy and Mines said it was continuing to work with industry and the community to provide a safe and sustainable future for energy customers.
The NSW Government is currently reviewing the HCCA, which sets out the emissions of fossil fuels from electricity generation, and has set a target of reducing the state to a “zero carbon” emissions by 2030.
Ms Gillard’s government is also looking at whether to impose new carbon taxes.
The Opposition has also called for a national emissions trading scheme, with a cap on emissions to be introduced at the end of the decade.
Mr Shorten said on ABC Radio Sydney the issue of power generation was one that was being ignored by the Coalition, but said the Government needed to be a “party of the people”.
“There’s a lot of people who are concerned about climate change, there’s a very large number of Australians who are worried about it and there’s an increasing number of people, and the people who do the most work on the issue are the people in rural and remote communities,” he said.
“And the thing that is important in all of this is that the Government is doing the work that is necessary to get us there, because there’s no other way to achieve that goal.”
The Greens have called on the Coalition to introduce a new carbon tax.
Ms Rudd said the Coalition was committed to tackling climate change.
“We are determined to move away from the policies of the previous government and take a leadership role in a world of renewables,” she said.