Excerpt from solarcitizens.org.au:
It’s not good. Scott Morrison has released a Budget which threatens Australia’s clean energy future — it confirms the Government’s commitment to fossil fuels and hollow support for renewables. To add insult to injury, the Budget includes an unspecified amount of funding to prop up the ageing and controversial Vales Point coal station.
This comes just weeks after announcing plans to force the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) into supporting gas and carbon capture and storage projects, under Morrison’s alarming overhaul of the nation’s clean energy agencies.
Despite experts calling for a renewable recovery to lead our economy out of the COVID-19 recession, it’s clear the Federal Government won’t back the clean energy industry [International report reveals that Australia should focus on renewables, Energy Matters, 7 October 2020.]. This is why it’s so critical that our state governments take the lead. Here’s how:
There are less than 22 days until Queenslanders go to the polls to vote in their next state government. The Queensland election is extremely important to the nation’s energy future. With a dominant and vote-swaying resources industry, the Sunshine State represents the largest hurdle and the biggest prize in Australia’s energy transition.
We know that a thriving renewable manufacturing industry — manufacturing ‘green steel’, battery storage systems and renewable hydrogen — can create tens of thousands of jobs across Queensland and speed up the transition to clean, affordable energy [Using Clean Energy to Create Steel, Solar Citizens, 9 June 2020].
But right now we’re not seeing clean energy ambition from all sides of Queensland state politics. The Liberal National Party is planning to scrap Queensland’s 50% renewable energy target, risking 12,000 new clean energy jobs. While we’ve had some big wins with Labor committing to funding and support for three Renewable Energy Zones, and $500 million for publicly owned renewable energy, there’s still plenty of room to ramp up clean energy generation and create new job-rich industries in renewable manufacturing. Read more at solarcitizens.org.au