The following letter to the Editor was submitted to The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday 26 April in response to an article about renewable energy and power prices.

The price of gas has tripled this decade, causing stress and bill shock for businesses and households who use it for electricity and heating. It is now cheaper to buy Australian gas in Japan than it is here.

Yet somehow power price rises were pinned on renewable energy yesterday (“$400 power jolt”, 26/4) – which is odd, given renewables produce just 12 per cent of the electricity used in NSW.

The cost of renewable energy like wind and solar has actually fallen so much over the last 10 years that it is the cheapest kind of power that can be built today. We should be building more of it, not less.

Mark Bretherton
Clean Energy Council