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Australia’s has inadequate renewable energy policy , in opposing solar feed-in tariffs

The Australian laws – dubbed the ”clean energy future package” by the government….The package also includes a
$10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in and underwrite the development of fledgling technologies.

But the government opposes feed-in tariffs and is reducing a national solar incentive scheme. State solar feed-in tariffs have been wound back

German experience: clean energy requires subsidies, The Age, Adam Morton February 18, 2012 AN ARCHITECT of Germany’s rapid growth in clean energy – it has nearly half the world’s rooftop solar power – has warned that Australia’s climate policies will not alone drive a switch to greenhouse-gas-free electricity.

Germany reached its 2020 target of generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources nine years ahead of schedule, largely through feed-in tariffs that guarantee new power forms an inflated rate for the power they use to make them competitive.

It installed 3 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic panels in December alone – roughly enough for 1.5 million homes. Australia has less than half this in total.

Hans-Josef Fell, an author of the German Renewable Energies Act
introduced in 2000 and a Greens MP, backed the Australian carbon price
as a positive step that would start to factor in the cost of burning
fossil fuels to the climate and people’s health. But he said the
experience of the European emissions trading scheme suggested
Australia’s laws alone would not trigger the uptake of clean energy.

Speaking in Melbourne, he said feed-in tariffs were needed to help
solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power overcome barriers that made
them more expensive than fossil fuel energy. He cited International
Energy Agency data that found global subsidies for fossil fuel energy
increased to $US409 billion in 2010 ($A380 billion), compared with
$US64 billion for renewable energy.

”In the beginning, all new technologies are more expensive than
existing technologies, so we must help them,” Mr Fell said. ”We must
make money available for renewables and lower the tax subsidies for
fossil fuels and nuclear power.”

The Australian laws – dubbed the ”clean energy future package” by
the government – include a carbon price of $23 a tonne charged to
about 500 big emitting companies. It starts in July and will evolve
into an emissions trading scheme in 2015. The package also includes a
$10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in and
underwrite the development of fledgling technologies. But the
government opposes feed-in tariffs and is reducing a national solar
incentive scheme. State solar feed-in tariffs have been wound back.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/german-experience-clean-energy-requires-subsidies-20120217-1teju.html#ixzz1mlyY6dbC

February 18, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, solar |

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