This week the Clean Energy Council released Power Shift: A blueprint for a 21st century energy system.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said Power Shift contained many actions that could be integrated by policymakers and regulators to pave the way for a modern energy system which creates a more competitive market and empowers consumers to generate, store and manage their own electricity use.

And there are many benefits on offer from the move to a cleaner and smarter way of producing and using electricity across the country.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Positioning Australia at the forefront of energy innovation and cementing our competitive advantage in niche aspects of clean energy development and integration
  • The cost of renewable energy will soon be cheaper than any alternative for energy generation
  • The creation of new economics opportunities and jobs, particularly in rural and regional Australia. The current Renewable Energy Target is expected to unlock $40 billion of investment and 15,200 jobs
  • Driving and attracting new investment. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global investment in new clean energy reached a record US$329 billion in 2015. By 2030 this opportunity is predicted to deliver more than US$5 trillion of investment globally
  • Reducing Australia’s reliance on volatile and expensive fossil fuels, while allowing it to maximise its energy export opportunities
  • Empowering consumers to play an active role in managing and producing their electricity.

The full Power Shift blueprint is available for download at