Time to get real on Renewable Energy Target negotiations
Reports today that the Federal Government is seeking the resumption of negotiations with Labor on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and is willing to negotiate on its previous position is good news for the renewable energy sector, the Clean Energy Council said.
28 Nov, 2014
New Senate inquiry is Groundhog Day for renewable energy
It is Groundhog Day for the renewable energy industry following Senate approval for the ninth review into renewable energy in just three years, with another inquiry set to waste taxpayers’ money on a political witch hunt into issues that have been explored time and again, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Nov, 2014
New Renewable Energy Target proposal would be economic vandalism
A new proposal from federal senator David Leyonhjelm would destroy the future of renewable energy in Australia while driving up power prices, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Nov, 2014
Joint statement on the Renewable Energy Target – Clean Energy Council and Australian Aluminium Council
The Clean Energy Council and Australian Aluminium Council today called on the Australian Government and Australian Labor Party to resolve the current Renewable Energy Target (RET) crisis, and provide much needed certainty to both the Australian renewable energy and aluminium sectors.
20 Nov, 2014
Victorian wind policy would unlock regional jobs and investment
The Victorian Opposition's strong support for the wind industry today is a very welcome and clear demonstration of support for the jobs and investment wind energy can bring to the state, the Clean Energy Council said today.
13 Nov, 2014
Broken promise on Renewable Energy Target puts 21,000 jobs at risk
The renewable energy industry’s peak body says it is extremely disappointed that the Federal Government is refusing to drop its plan to dramatically slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET), putting at risk more than 21,000 jobs and Australia’s reputation as a safe place to invest.
12 Nov, 2014
Second stage of Snowtown Wind Farm blows away the competition
The Clean Energy Council has congratulated Trustpower and Siemens on the launch of the second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm in South Australia, but warned other projects would be few and far between under the Federal Government’s current proposal to slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
02 Nov, 2014
Broken promise would wreak havoc on renewable energy investors: New report
Slashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as proposed by the Federal Government would smash the value of projects that are already operating, and potentially expose the government to massive compensation claims by those affected, new analysis by law firm Baker & McKenzie reveals.
28 Oct, 2014
Job losses continue as renewable energy speculation bites
The decision by Keppel Prince Engineering to lay off 100 workers from its Portland operation is the sad and frustrating result of months of uncertainty, along with continued speculation that the Federal Government would dump its long-standing commitment to the legislated Renewable Energy Target, the Clean Energy Council said today.
23 Oct, 2014
Government proposal on Renewable Energy Target would devastate industry
The Clean Energy Council has warned that a so-called ‘real’ 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) would be a broken promise by the Federal Government that would lead to the decimation of the renewable energy industry and drive up power prices for consumers.
22 Oct, 2014
Clean energy jobs can boost Victorian economy
The Victorian economy could receive a much-needed boost through the creation of hundreds of new jobs that could be created quickly with no additional cost to consumers, according to a new paper released by the Clean Energy Council today.
22 Oct, 2014
Industry frozen as another Renewable Energy Target review commences
The Clean Energy Council has called for an end to ongoing reviews of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and for the removal of future legislated reviews, after the third review of the policy in two years was announced today.
21 Oct, 2014
13,000 solar workers tell PM: ‘Don’t mess with our jobs’ in new campaign
Thousands of workers in Australia's solar power industry are joining together to tell Prime Minister Tony Abbott 'Don't mess with our jobs' in a new campaign by the Clean Energy Council, launched today.
30 Sep, 2014
Top consumer groups join call for no change to Renewable Energy Target
Some of Australia’s leading consumer and community groups have joined forces with the renewable energy industry to call on the Federal Government to leave the Renewable Energy Target (RET) unchanged to keep power prices down and allow the policy to create employment opportunities.
29 Sep, 2014
South Australia to reap huge benefits from boosting Renewable Energy Target
South Australia is poised to reap huge benefits in investment and jobs by increasing its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2025, the clean energy industry says.
23 Sep, 2014
Renewables critical to achieving Energy Green Paper goals
The Federal Government’s new Energy Green Paper is a welcome contribution to the discussion on the future of Australia’s energy sector, the clean energy industry says.
23 Sep, 2014
Large-scale solar chiefs hit Canberra to defend Renewable Energy Target
Heads of companies behind Australia’s major large-scale solar projects are today taking their fight to save the Renewable Energy Target (RET) all the way to Canberra.
23 Sep, 2014
Thousands of supplier jobs lost if Renewable Energy Target cut
Suppliers working on Australia’s renewable energy projects say many thousands of jobs will be lost – most of them in rural and regional areas – if the Federal Government slashes the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
19 Sep, 2014
Time to return to bipartisanship on the Renewable Energy Target
The Federal Government has not convinced the industry or the public of a need to change the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and should leave it alone, the renewable energy industry’s peak body said today in response to comments from Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
11 Sep, 2014
Businesses go solar to save millions
More than 15,000 Australian businesses have now installed solar power to reduce their energy bills, and there is the potential for tens of thousands more to follow suit if the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is left as legislated, the Clean Energy Council said today.
10 Sep, 2014
New analysis shows state investment and jobs at risk from cutting Renewable Energy Target
New South Wales and Queensland are the states with the most to lose if the Federal Government adopts the recommendations to slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET) put forward by Dick Warburton last week, according to new analysis released by the Clean Energy Council today.
08 Sep, 2014
Launch of Australia's largest solar farm a much-needed bright spot
The launch of Australia’s largest solar farm today is a landmark achievement and a bright moment for an industry whose future is currently under a cloud, according to the Clean Energy Council.
03 Sep, 2014
Polling shows massive support for renewable energy across political spectrum
Polling by Crosby Textor has been released today clearly showing that Australian voters across the political spectrum want more renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said.
02 Sep, 2014
Review recommendations could bankrupt Australian renewable energy sector
The recommendations from the review of Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET), released today, would decimate the industry, resulting in massive financial damage to over $10 billion worth of investments already made and putting 21,000 jobs at risk, the Clean Energy Council said.
28 Aug, 2014
Cutting solar support would scrap jobs
Slashing the support for solar provided by the Renewable Energy Target would lead to the immediate loss of up to 5800 jobs and make it harder for low and middle-income households to access technology to reduce their power bills, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Aug, 2014
'Real' 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target would decimate industry
A new paper released by the Clean Energy Council today shows that cutting the Renewable Energy Target to a so-called 'real' 20 per cent figure would reduce the amount of new large-scale renewable energy built by almost two thirds (64 per cent) and devastate investments already made under the policy.
21 Aug, 2014
Potential Renewable Energy Target changes spook international investors
Australian and international investors worth hundreds of billions of dollars have called on the Federal Government to recognise the importance of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) to the investments that they have made and highlighted the sovereign risk that would be created if the policy was changed.
20 Aug, 2014
Slashing renewable energy would be out of touch with the Australian community
Australians have yet again shown their strong public support for renewable energy, with more than 99 per cent of the submissions to the review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in favour of the policy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
19 Aug, 2014
Reckless slashing of Renewable Energy Target would devastate jobs and investors
Slashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) would devastate Australia’s renewable energy sector, send hundreds of companies to the wall and tens of thousands of hard-working Australians onto the employment scrapheap, the Clean Energy Council said today.
18 Aug, 2014
Clean energy industry thanks Victorian Opposition for support of energy efficiency target
Efforts to save the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) by the state’s opposition were welcomed by the clean energy industry, although legislation to close the scheme was ultimately passed by the Victorian Government this month.
12 Aug, 2014
Wind power record blown away in July
South Australia’s wind farms produced enough electricity to meet a record 43 per cent of the state’s power needs during July, according to new figures released by the Clean Energy Council today.
08 Aug, 2014
Wind farm planning changes to put Victoria back in the race for renewable energy investment
A Victorian Government decision to allow modest changes to approved wind farms will effectively reduce red tape for business and make the state more attractive to renewable energy investors, the Clean Energy Council said today.
01 Aug, 2014
Clean Energy Council solar award winners recognise best and brightest
The solar industry’s best and brightest were honoured last night at the Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards, presented at the ReneSola Australia ATRAA Dinner as part of Clean Energy Week.
25 Jul, 2014
New solar power guide to help consumers shine on
A new solar power guide for consumers produced by the Clean Energy Council takes people through a simple seven-step process to help them select the ideal solar system for their needs.
24 Jul, 2014
Groundbreaking project to create a clean energy grid
The Clean Energy Council will today launch a groundbreaking new project that will work to ‘future proof’ Australia’s energy system and improve the electricity grid to support the growth of clean energy.
23 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Council award winners outshine rivals at Clean Energy Week
The Doomadgee Solar Farm in far north-west Queensland and the community engagement process for the Boco Rock Wind Farm in New South Wales were the winners of this year’s Clean Energy Council Industry Awards, beating strong competition to outshine their rivals.
22 Jul, 2014
Search for bipartisanship on renewables as Clean Energy Week starts in Sydney
A New South Wales Government Minister has said he wants his state to be the ‘California of Australia’ for renewable energy as part of the opening proceedings for Clean Energy Week’s Policy and Finance Conference.
22 Jul, 2014
Major investors warn politicians on changes to Renewable Energy Target
A group of major local and international investors has warned their existing renewable energy projects may suffer ‘financial distress and the potential for financial failure’ if significant changes are made to the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) as a result of the current review of the policy.
22 Jul, 2014
Gem of a clean energy idea to reduce expensive diesel use
A new project to use solar and wind power in combination with storage and diesel at the town of Coober Pedy in South Australia would enable the community to get about 70 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
15 Jul, 2014
New senators rev up support for renewable energy
The support of key cross-bench senators is a big boost for the majority of Australians who want more renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
09 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Week to fire up an industry at the crossroads
Last week Clive Palmer ignited debate on the Renewable Energy Target, this week Federal Government backbenchers weighed in on behalf of aluminium producers, and meanwhile the anti-dumping investigation into solar panels continues – meaning the upcoming Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney is primed to fire up with lively and topical discussion from industry leaders and politicians.
04 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Council award finalists showcase best in business
A ‘Solar Wikipedia’, a community fun run around a wind farm, a home-grown battery storage unit and a host of best-in-class solar installations are some of the finalists vying for honours in this year’s Clean Energy Council Awards.
27 Jun, 2014
Clive Palmer gives titanic boost to renewable energy industry
The renewable energy industry’s peak body has congratulated Clive Palmer for his strong support of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target today.
25 Jun, 2014
Power of nature keeps renewable energy on target
Some of the strongest hydro generation in recent years and the opening of the largest wind farm in the country lifted renewable energy’s share of Australia’s power generation to over 14 per cent in the 2013 calendar year, according to analysis from a report released today by the Clean Energy Council.
24 Jun, 2014
Australian clean energy industry winding up to mark global celebrations
The wind energy sector stands ready to deliver thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to the Australian economy if the Renewable Energy Target is left alone to do its job, the Clean Energy Council said to mark Global Wind Day.
15 Jun, 2014
Energy leaders come clean on business benefits of Renewable Energy Target
Leaders of the renewable energy industry have come clean about the benefits of the country’s Renewable Energy Target in a series of short interviews released by the Clean Energy Council today.
12 Jun, 2014
Australia falling behind as global renewables race gains pace
A new global clean energy report released overnight shows Australia slipping behind the pace, with 144 countries now adopting renewable energy targets and renewable energy powering about a fifth of the world.
06 Jun, 2014
Victorian Government wants to have renewable energy cake and eat it too
The in-principle support shown for the Renewable Energy Target by the Victorian Government is welcome, but industry is concerned that wider changes suggested in the government’s submission to the current review of the policy would just add to investment uncertainty, the Clean Energy Council said today.
04 Jun, 2014
Renewable Energy Target not power price villain: Queensland Competition Authority
The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) confirmed on Friday what the clean energy industry has been saying for years – that the Renewable Energy Target is not a major factor in rising power prices.
02 Jun, 2014
New South Wales recognises benefits of Renewable Energy Target
The support shown by the New South Wales Government for the Renewable Energy Target in a submission to the review of the policy shows that it understands the benefits it can deliver to both consumers and the local economy, the peak body for the clean energy industry said today.
29 May, 2014
Solar powering the future of Australia's resources sector
A new solar-diesel hybrid plant which will power a Rio Tinto mine in remote Far North Queensland is a perfect example of the potential for renewable energy to help protect the competitiveness of the Australian resources sector, the peak body for the clean energy industry said today.
22 May, 2014
Cutting energy efficiency scheme will hit all Victorians
Cutting the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) will make power bills more expensive and increase costs for taxpayers, the Clean Energy Council said today.
21 May, 2014
Scrapping ARENA will send innovation and jobs offshore
The proposed scrapping of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in tonight’s Federal Budget will be a backwards step for Australia’s drive to develop innovative new renewable energy technologies, and for Australian and international companies who have been working to bring investment to Australia, the peak body for the clean energy industry said tonight.
13 May, 2014
Changing the Renewable Energy Target will damage investment and throw away jobs
Reducing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as a result of the current review would increase power bills and lead to thousands of lost jobs, the Clean Energy Council argued in its submission this week to the panel reviewing the policy.
08 May, 2014
Wind win for farmers under tax changes
Farmers hosting wind turbines will be able to claim additional financial benefits for their businesses and families if a new tax amendment is passed by Federal Parliament, the Clean Energy Council said today.
31 Mar, 2014
Wind industry sells out to excellence
The Clean Energy Council’s inaugural Wind Industry Forum in Melbourne was a sell-out yesterday, with 200 industry professionals fronting up to get the latest insights from some of the leading experts in their fields.
20 Mar, 2014
AMA statement on wind power should reassure communities
A public statement on wind farms and health released by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) this week should provide additional peace of mind for communities living in the vicinity of existing or proposed wind power projects, the Clean Energy Council said today.
19 Mar, 2014
Cutting Victorian energy efficiency scheme would hit vulnerable households and jobs
Claims that axing the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) would provide significant price relief on household electricity bills are both wrong and short-sighted, the Clean Energy Council said today.
17 Mar, 2014
Seismic shift will rein in costs, give consumers more power: CEC paper
Already more than two million Australians have voted to take control of their energy costs and are driving a more competitive, productive, and open energy market, according to a paper produced for this week’s Australian Davos Connection Forum on National Infrastructure by Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green.
14 Mar, 2014
Queensland Government should act to protect consumers from solar cuts
The Queensland Government should act to protect solar power consumers who could be negatively impacted by its decision to cut support to the state's solar power scheme, the Clean Energy Council said today.
06 Mar, 2014
Industry welcomes pledge on Renewable Energy Target from Will Hodgman
A weekend pledge by Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman to lobby for retaining Australia's Renewable Energy Target in its current form if elected as the state's Premier was extremely welcome, the Clean Energy Council's Chief Executive David Green said today.
04 Mar, 2014
ACT set to become shining light for community solar power
The ACT is set to become a shining light for community solar power, thanks to the Canberra Community Solar initiative announced today by the ACT Government, according to the Clean Energy Council.
28 Feb, 2014
Draft report finds no reliable link between wind farms and health effects
The release of the draft position statement on wind farms and health from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today was an important step in reassuring communities living near wind farms that their health is not at risk, according to the Clean Energy Council.
24 Feb, 2014
Renewable Energy Target review: bring it on
The renewable energy industry today welcomed the start of the Federal Government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, saying the scheme’s low cost and massive benefits could now be decisively demonstrated and critics’ misleading claims debunked.
17 Feb, 2014
Trina Solar to energise Clean Energy Week 2014 as major sponsor
The Clean Energy Council announced today that Trina Solar, one of the world’s leading solar PV companies, has signed on as the major sponsor of Australia’s premier renewable energy and energy efficiency industry event, Clean Energy Week 2014.
17 Feb, 2014
Ceres Wind Farm approval underlines importance of Renewable Energy Target
The approval of Senvion Australia's $1.5 billion Ceres Wind Farm demonstrates how the national Renewable Energy Target and supportive government policy can work together to generate major economic benefits, the Clean Energy Council said today.
13 Feb, 2014
ACCI blows it on renewables
The Clean Energy Council has challenged the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to explain its calculations after the group appeared to over-estimate the cost of renewable energy by billions of dollars in a media release late yesterday afternoon.
13 Feb, 2014