Feed-in tariffs

Lindsay and Duncan from Climate Action Newcastle met with Minister Greg Combet on Tuesday, to share information with him about all of you - the very many committed community members who are working for renewable energy in their communities, and who will fight for a price on pollution that will deliver good renewable energy outcomes.

Expect a more detailed blog post from Lindsay later today with more interesting commentary as to how the meeting went, but in the meantime, we've put out the following media release:

17 May 2011

MEDIA RELEASE

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A couple of ripping letters from some regional Victorians in this week's Age. In support of Tony Windsors statements in this article.

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The coming weeks will prove to be very important for the future of renewable energy in Australia.

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Feed-in tariffs have been the single most effective policy at boosting investment in renewable energy around the world. They have led to the creation of millions of new jobs, billions of dollars of new investment - and the installation of heaps of new renewable energy projects.

Unfortunately, they are probably also one of the worst named policies around - as anyone whose tried to talk to people on the street about this policy will have found.

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From today's Age letter pages:


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Yesterday Steve, Harry and Graeme from Climate Change Australia in Port Macquarie, headed off for a meeting with their local member and federal government king maker Rob Oakeshott. In their hand they had a letter signed by 60 community groups from across regional and rural Australia.

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Feed-in tariffs: are they just middle-class welfare? Do they just help the wealthy invest in solar at the expense of those least able to do the same?

These have been some of the questions posed to the 100% Renewable campaign recently by those concerned that the feed-in tariff could have adverse impacts on low income households.

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Andrew Bray hits the letter pages! The Age, Thursday 9 Nov, 2010.
 

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Has been good to see recently a few of our states just start thinking seriously about feed-in tariffs for large scale renewables.

First Victoria announced its intention to support the development of medium scale projects and large scale solar power with feed-in tariffs, and then last week the ACT's feed-in tariff review led to a big re-think and expansion of its tariff scheme too.

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Local groups running the national have now reached nearly 2000 people, as the survey gathers steam out in the community.

Over 20 groups have now shared interim reuslts with the national campaign and the results are surprisingly clear. Whether in the burbs of Brisbane,  the cool climes of Orange, or the Clarence coast community members think we need to be doing more on renewable energy.

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