To encourage the development of new wind power facilities in Victoria to meet the state's plan for 1000 MW by 2006, the state government has launched a Wind Energy Support Package (WESP). "Appropriate development of Victoria's wind energy resources will increase the diversity and capacity of the state's electricity supply, provide regional development and job opportunities and reduce greenhouse emissions," says energy minister Theo Theophanous. The package will provide funding to assist with grid connection costs where these would otherwise make the investment marginal, says Joe Helper, parliamentary secretary for state and regional development. "Wind farms have been a boon for local communities," he says. "The support package will have the added benefit of strengthening the electricity grid in regional Victoria." Project proposals are due in by the end of May 2005.