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“*Dictated by Senator Abetz and sent in his absence
Thank you for your email regarding the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
It was the Howard Government which introduced the RET in 2004.
Under legislation, the RET is due for review in 2014. The review will be led by an independent expert panel which will seek submissions in an open and transparent manner and will consult widely. I would encourage you to give thought to making your own submission.
We will not pre-empt the results of this review, however the Coalition is mindful to ensure that Government policies are not artificially inflating power prices.
In recent times, I have been dismayed to hear from members of the community who can no longer afford to heat their homes following the soaring cost of power. To this end, the Coalition Government is committed to easing the pressure of electricity pricing on homes and businesses.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Liberal Senator for Tasmania"
Dear Renewable Energy Target review panel,
It is my view that everything should be done to encourage the continued take up of natural non-carbon based energy sources such as wind, solar, wave, hydro and biomass. Many advanced economies around the world are moving head long into a renewable energy future including China, Japan, US, Denmark, Germany and many many others, which I am sure you are all very familiar with.
It is not the 19th century. We can create energy in a smarter and more efficient way than burning coal or gas. Lets keep the RET and not become the laughing stock of the world for going backwards, despite our obvious advantages of plentiful solar and wind resources.
We love solar energy and want to see our renewable energy program expanded.
“Dear Renewable Energy Target review panel,
I am writing in response to your open call for submission for the review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
The last review was conducted less than 18 months ago and found that the renewable energy target was working as designed. Given the comprehensive nature of the last review, I do not believe this new review is warranted.
I therefore submit the findings of the 2012 review as my submission: http://goo.gl/q6gOuP
In addition, a report released by Schneider Electric in 2014 titled “Australia’s Renewable Energy Target: Three Consumer Benefits”, has found the RET in its current form will put downward pressure on electricity prices, through falling wholesale prices, and be a significant contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector.
The report can be found here: http://www.secontact.com/dl/australia_lret_whitepaper.pdf
The RET is also a modest cost, accounting for less than 5% of a household electricity bill, yet network investment costs, in comparison, are at least 50%.
Therefore, the RET should not be revised or downgraded, as it will compromise investment certainty, a key finding of the 2012 review.
The Government should focus its review on electricity network investment and upgrades, which has driven up the price of electricity significantly, to deal with escalating power prices in Australia.
Australians love solar energy and want to see our renewable energy program retained and expanded."
“We all know that electricity prices have been driven up primarily because of unnecessary spending on “poles and wires” since a predicted growth in demand for power did not occur. Your government has worked hard to push the blame onto the RET, but those of us who are open minded and listen to Background Briefing know otherwise. See http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2014-04-27/5406022 "
And like others – Hats of to solar citizens for all their efforts