Originally published at ABC Environment, 13 August 2012
The Prime Minister is serving Australians well by identifying rising network costs as the major driver of power prices, but has missed a major piece of the debate says renewable energy organisation, 100% Renewable.
Last week was Clean Energy Week - the one week each year when people from the renewable energy industry across Australia come together to conference, share ideas and showcase their products and businesses to others across the industry. The 100% campaign, led by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, was on hand to learn about the latest in technology development, policy and what needs to happen to get more renewable energy up in Australia.
One of our invaluable volunteers from Sydney, Sue McKinnon, tells her experience of Clean Energy Week 2012. Thanks also to Tom, Steve, Col, Terry and Dominic who joined us on the stall too.
An upcoming review of the Renewable Energy Target hasn’t even kicked off but already there’s a stampede of people lining up to say how much they love it.
A self-interested but very well organised campaign by Origin's Grant King to water down the RET has gotten voices from all over joining with Joni Mitchell in singing “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.”
Last night a new $10 billion renewable energy fund was passed into law by the Senate.
The 100% Renewable community campaign today welcomed Tony Abbott’s ongoing support for the Renewable Energy Target and his willingness to listen to the evidence that renewable energy is keeping power prices rises down.
Last week, as the drama of the Craig Thompson affair continued to unfold, our national parliament was reduced to a circus of politicians sprinting around the chamber, and the press gallery struggled to digest each new stunt-filled moment, the 100% Renewable campaign took 30 community representatives to Canberra to talk to our leaders about an issue the public actually cares about – building big solar plants in the sunniest country on earth.
by Andrew Bray and Lindsay Soutar
The big solar poll results are in... and the Australian people are close to unanimous!
They show a whopping 95% of Australians think Australia should be building large scale solar. And 95% also support the new $10 billion solar energy loan fund.
Thousands of comments show that for most Australians big solar just makes sense - it is cleaner, cheaper, safer and takes advantage of one of Australia's most bountiful response - our beautiful golden sun.