Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) is a Federal Government policy designed to ensure that at least 20 per cent of Australia's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.
The future of the RET is currently under review by the Federal Government. Any changes to the scheme would decimate the renewable energy industry.
Find out more:
- Learn about why we need the RET
- Read an analysis of the RET that shows power prices will be lower if is retained. You can also check out our briefing paper on the RET and power prices and an open letter from consumer groups calling for the RET to be retained.
- Find out the real reasons power prices have increased, and what we can do about it
- See why state governments, councils, industry groups and federal politicians on both sides of parliament want to keep the RET
- Discover the many benefits the RET offers rural and regional Australia in a case study of the Nyngan and Broken Hill solar plants
- Read an open letter from 17 leading renewable energy investors on the financial implications of cutting the RET
- Hear what clean energy industry leaders have to say about the RET
- Explore the impacts of reducing the RET to a lower target, and the effect that closing the RET to new entrants would have on individual states
- See why we must retain the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and help us protect 13,000 solar jobs
- Examine the issues associated with the current surplus of generation in the Australian energy market
- Explore the implications of an increased RET exemption for aluminium smelting
- Tell our politicians to stand up for renewables using our simple email your MP tool.
- Spread the word using our shareable infographics and videos
About the Renewable Energy Target
The RET consists of two main schemes:
- the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET), which creates a financial incentive for more and larger renewable energy power stations
- the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), which encourages owners to install small-scale renewable energy systems such as rooftop solar, solar water heaters, heat pumps, and small-scale wind and hydro systems.
The Federal Government is reviewing the RET in 2014, as it does every two years under current law. However, many people within the renewable energy industry are concerned that the latest review may result in the RET being cut back or abolished altogether.
The Clean Energy Council strongly advocates that the Renewable Energy Target should be maintained in its current form to provide the policy stability necessary to attract investment.
You can read more about the effects of dumping the RET in the RET policy analysis from ROAM Consulting.
Benefits of the Renewable Energy Target
The Renewable Energy Target doesn't cost much – in fact, in the long run, it will save every Australian household up to $140 on their electricity bill each year. It also provides huge economic and community benefits, especially in regional areas.
Four facts about the Renewable Energy Target:
- Australian households will save hundreds of dollars on their power bills thanks to the Renewable Energy Target.
- It generates investment in homegrown Australian industry.
- It has created tens of thousands of Australian jobs, with thousands more on the way.
- Removing it will cost a lot more money than it saves.