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Federal Election policy recommendations

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Posted on 18 February, 2019

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Our policy recommendations for the Federal Election 2019

Australian energy policy is at a crossroads. The absence of any long-term energy strategy at the federal level is crippling the Australian energy sector and increasing power prices for consumers.

Despite the lack of government leadership in this area, the clean energy sector has been getting on with building clean, low-cost power with a record-breaking year in 2018. But imagine what the clean energy industry could achieve with strong federal leadership. We cannot let this momentum stop.

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The Clean Energy Council is calling on all political parties to adopt the following recommendations to ensure we can get on with building a cleaner Australia.

  • Commit to a target of zero emissions from the electricity sector well before 2050 and a minimum target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030
  • Accelerate reforms and finance support to develop Australia’s electricity transmission network for a clean energy future
  • Encourage the uptake of energy storage and batteries
  • Maintain the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)
  • Mandate solar power in all new homes
  • Support innovation in finance, technology and integration and extend the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)
  • Commit to the development of a clean energy export strategy
  • Support skills development to meet the demand of a growing clean energy industry
  • Support the establishment of a battery manufacturing and recycling industry
  • Develop a single national electrical safety body

You can read our policy recommendations in full here: