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Coalition and Labor begin talks on Renewable Energy Target

ballot-boxSmRenewable energy target (RET) talks to begin between the Coalition and Labor, ABC News, AM  30 Sept 14 By political reporter Naomi Woodley The Federal Opposition has indicated it will be pushing for a precise energy use target represented by gigawatt hours, as it begins negotiations with the Government over the future of the renewable energy target (RET).

Labor’s environment spokesman Mark Butler has responded to an invitation from the Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, for a meeting to discuss the RET.

“We start from a position which says the existing renewable energy policy has worked terrifically well for Australia, but beyond that I’ll do Ian Macfarlane the courtesy of hearing what he has to say and do all that we can to get this very successful policy, very critically important policy back on the rails,” Mr Butler told AM.

The RET calls for 20 per cent of Australia’s energy use to be sourced from renewable energy by 2020, and the legislation specifies that target as 41,000 gigawatt hours.

………”I’ve said in my correspondence that we won’t support the recommendations from the Warburton review,” Mr Butler said.

“We don’t think they are supported by any evidence.

“We’ve also heard pretty clearly that their implementation would devastate investment in the sector.”

Mr Macfarlane initially indicated he would like to present the Government’s response to the Warburton review within a month, but that timeframe has been revised. ……..

Neither the Government nor Opposition would be drawn on whether either would seek to extend the timetable for the 20 per cent target beyond 2020.

October 1, 2014 - Posted by | General News

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