Cer­tain death to an in­dus­try

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Noel Thomp­son SHARE YOUR VIEWS: Let­ters to the ed­i­tor can be emailed to ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett­times.com.au or mailed to PO Box 312, Kin­garoy, Q 4610. All let­ters are sub­ject to edit­ing. Anony­mous let­ters will not be pub­lished.

OUR Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment be­fore the elec­tion showed support for the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try. Im­ply­ing it would keep the re­new­able en­ergy tar­get (RET), which un­der­pins in­vest­ment in en­ergy sources such as wind and so­lar.

But the gov­ern­ment has taken con­trol of a sched­uled re­view and says the RET may have out­lasted its ini­tial pur­pose and needs to be re-eval­u­ated be­cause of the rise in power prices.

The re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try is also be­com­ing in­creas­ingly alarmed at sig­nals the gov­ern­ment in­tends to dras­ti­cally re­duce, or even abol­ish, the tar­get.

Mod­el­ling re­leased last month sug­gested abol­ish­ing the RET could cost 2000 jobs in the so­lar panel in­dus­try.

The move against re­new­able en­ergy would also see re­bates on res­i­den­tial so­lar sys­tems re­duced. It would cer­tainly kill the in­dus­try that has been built on the in­su­la­tion of do­mes­tic so­lar sys­tems and set back the move to re­new­able en­ergy sys­tems for many years.

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