Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has announced a plan to lower on-farm energy bills with $100 million in grants for efficiency and infrastructure on energy-intensive farms.
"The clean technology, food and foundry grants program for food processors has been one of the success stories of the package negotiated with the Greens to tackle climate change, but it didn't go far enough," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
"Many farmers rely on cool storage and high energy usage with water heating, sterilisation, and irrigation pumps and they need help on the farm to upgrade their equipment to save money and become more efficient.
"The Greens understand that and are now ready to offer this additional help to farmers.
"Only the Greens have recognised the potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency to help farmers lower their costs and increase their business sustainability.
"The grants will be open to agricultural producers who can demonstrate reliance on high-energy usage and will be used to upgrade equipment for maximum efficiency or to install renewable energy to run intensive operations.
"Tony Abbott and Labor stand ready to axe the existing funding for food and foundry processors, let alone extend it to farmers. That's because Tony Abbott doesn't believe in climate change, and Kevin Rudd has to find billions to fund his backflip on carbon pricing.
"Only the Greens stand ready to continue to support food processors and farmers as they transition to cleaner energy and reduce their power bills," said Senator Milne.