The Clean Energy Council has noted concerns raised on Tuesday’s episode of Credlin on Sky News by Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt, along with the program’s host, Peta Credlin.
Three million Australian households with rooftop solar already know the benefits of renewable energy. Misinformation like what went to air on Tuesday evening is tone deaf to the level of understanding that Australians have about the opportunity for clean energy in our country.
The Clean Energy Council has indeed challenged Australia's political leaders to commit to meeting the country's domestic electricity demand with clean energy by 2030.
However, despite Ms Credlin’s assertions that “China will get rich, we’ll get poor”, it is Australia that will benefit from this rapid transition to clean energy through billions of dollars in private sector investment that will create thousands of jobs, bring economic activity to regional communities and lower power prices for consumers. Over the last three financial years, investment in large-scale renewable energy projects has delivered around $16 billion into the economy. It’s the tip of the iceberg.
The lights will stay on, too. Late last year, the entire state of South Australia was powered by large-scale solar farms, wind farms and rooftop solar for six and a half days. The Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Daniel Westerman sees a future where, by 2025, the grid can run on 100 per cent renewable energy at any moment in any day.
It’s time that Australia’s federal political leaders be honest with communities and take a proactive approach to the clean energy transition. Australian communities deserve a coordinated strategy to better manage the transition to a clean energy system and unlock the enormous potential at hand.
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