Leaders of the clean energy industry met this morning with Labor Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Climate Change and Energy Minister Mark Butler to outline the extraordinary progress of renewable energy and battery storage, and call for bipartisan support to unlock major job and investment benefits.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton called for political collaboration on long-term policy settings that will support Australia's transition to a modern and zero-emissions energy sector. The event is part of a series of roundtables the industry will hold with the major political parties this year, he said.
"Our industry welcomes the opportunity to meet with the federal Labor Party to discuss the progress and potential of both renewable energy and battery storage, and seek commitment to genuine bipartisan support for enduring policy measures that can unlock this huge opportunity for Australia," Mr Thornton said.
"The country has already begun an energy transition that will see many of our coal-fired power stations replaced with new renewable energy generation.
"We need to begin the process of working together to develop a clear and comprehensive national energy strategy to ensure this change happens securely and at the lowest possible cost.
"Australians have embraced renewable energy, and the industry is poised to deliver tens of billions of dollars in investment and thousands of new jobs,” he said.
The industry released a statement today calling for both parties to support longer, stronger policies to encourage more renewable energy beyond 2020.
"The renewable energy industry is committed to working with all sides of politics to deliver a clean energy future for Australia," he said.
Today’s statement follows the Clean Energy Council’s Power Shift blueprint released earlier this year, which includes a suite of policy measures to deliver a zero-emission energy sector no later than 2050.