CCA report 'victory for common sense'

31st Oct 2012

A preliminary report by the Climate Change Authority (CCA) regarding the Renewable Energy Target (RET) has been praised by one industry organisation.

The 150-page document stated that the CCA's current view is that the RET should continue in its existing form, with aims of providing 20 per cent of the country's energy supply from sustainable sources by 2020.

And while the compliments weren't exactly flowing steadily, the Australian Solar Council has described the announcement as a victory for common sense.

John Grimes said the recommendations made by the CCA were largely in line with its own submission to the organisation.

"The Renewable Energy Target plays a critical role in helping Australian families cut their power bills by installing solar panels and solar hot water systems," he explained.

According to Grimes, the scheme will also help propel the construction of big solar plants across the country over the next ten years.

The Australian Solar Council stated it welcomed many of the recommendations put forward by the CCA, including making reviews of the initiative every four years rather than two.

However, it expressed concern over potential changes to the small-scale renewable energy scheme – claiming that any changes could have "unintended consequences".

Posted by Bob Dawson

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