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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Renewable energy is big news in regional electorates across Australia

National polling commissioned by The Australia Institute showed that a staggering 71% of voters say would consider voting for a party that supported distributed small-scale solar and storage.

Recent polling in the seat of Bass by Solar Citizens and other groups has raised concerns that the local member, Andrew Nikolic, is not doing enough to help Tasmania harvest its diverse renewable energy resources.

Bass ranks 114 out of 150 electorates on the policy scorecard published by Solar Citizens.

More than 1.5 million Australian households have rooftop solar.

These households are part of a transition which saw global investment in renewables (excluding large-scale hydro) overtake fossil fuels last year.

New renewables accounted for over half (53.6%) of new generation capacity and more than a quarter of a trillion dollars (US$286 billion) of global investment. This is a significant achievement when you consider that most new renewable energy is relatively small-scale.

It is in fact the small scale of renewable energy technology that makes it so powerful. Renewable energy can be distributed widely and evenly, where it is needed, right down to the individual household.

This ‘distributed’ energy paradigm can actually provide more reliability than the old, centralised model that relied on a few major assets, such as coal fired power plants, big hydro dams or grid interconnectors such as Basslink.

Renewable energy also means jobs, and for regional areas particularly. The Australia Institute’s research shows that if the Renewable Energy Target was protected out to 2030 and increased to 90% (up from 23%), that would provide over 35,000 jobs.

Internationally there are over 8 million people employed in renewables. Unfortunately, under the policies of the Coalition government, while international investment and jobs in renewables grew, Australia’s renewable sector stagnated.

Unlike some environmental battles which can be controversial, renewable energy is universally popular across electorates across Australia. This means that any candidate can take the lead, and use diverse and distributed renewable energy to provide reliable energy and create jobs.

*Dan Cass is strategist at the Australia Institute and an honorary associate at Sydney Business School.

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  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    July 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    So, a nation-wide poll showed that “a staggering 71% of [we the] voters say they would consider voting for a party that supported distributed small-scale solar and storage”.

    Well, we would, wouldn’t we – if it’s free!? (Or ‘free’)

  2. mike seabrook

    July 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    but who is gunna pay for the losses in selling this electricity at est. 4c per kwh delivered to the aluminium smelter and the zinc works and the other favoured customers contracted on long terms to est. 60% of tassies electricity output

  3. john Ward

    June 30, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Any claim that we are transitioning to a golden age of renewable energy will be over Tony Abbott Greg hunt and Senator Cormann’s dead cold bodies. This article is part of the Fossil Fuel industry Psychological warfare against the renewable industry, going on since 1980.

    I charge Prime Minister Turnbull, under Section 329 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918; of making fraudulent, deceptive and misleading representations on a “Grand Scale” to the voters of Australia.

    The Prime Minister is, betting that the electors don’t question where this largesse is coming from; how and when, but hoping they only hear the bribe numbers. If he already had the power he would actually, have dispersed the funds he is 
    “dollar whistling” about now.

    s 329  Misleading or deceptive publications etc.
                             (1)  A person shall not, during the relevant period in relation to an election under this Act, print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or authorize to be printed, published or distributed, any matter or thing that is likely to mislead or deceive an elector in relation to the casting of a vote.
    Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the defence in subsection (5) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code).
              (5A)  Section 15.2 of the Criminal Code (extended geographical jurisdiction—category B) applies to an offence against subsection (4).
                 (6)  In this section, publish includes publish by radio, television, internet or telephone.

    Our Prime Minister has turned out to be one big time gambler with our future. Malcolm Turnbull claims he has taken $1billion from the CEFC’s $10 billion funds that the Julia Gillard Labor Government created to fund his new Clean Energy Innovation Fund (CEIF), by intending to have the ARENA and the CEFC act jointly as administrators of the CEIF. A further $1 billion has been ‘drawn ‘ from his “Green Bank ” to clean up the Barrier Reef, a $100 mill set aside to prevent the closure of the Steel works in Whyalla, SA and now, a “Better Cities” Program will receive $1billion out of the CEFC fund. In addition, Northern Tasmanian electorates have been pledged $150million for the UTAS Launceston Campus. Finally, just to prove he has not run short of funds he has pledged to provide $1.5 billion for a second Bass Strait cable to pump hydro power to the mainland and brown coal power to Tasmania.
    The “Green Bank” promises are up to $5.6 Billion and still counting.

    What does the Law say about this? The Law calls it Misfeasance.

    Section 49(2) (a) of The Crimes and Misconduct Act 2001 says that
    directing misapplication of monies is an offence of fraud. There is evidence of misleading and deceptive behavior by Ministers of the Crown, including the Prime Minister, under Section 49 (2) (a) of the Crimes and Misconduct Act 2001.

    On the 2th of May 2016, 7 days before both houses of Parliament were dissolved, and while the Senate was settling how the method of voting for the Senate would be changed,
    Ministers Hunt and Cormann were somewhere else in the building, writing directions to the Board of the CEFC that directed the CEFC should not fund new Solar panels on roofs or land-base wind farms and re-wrote the investment mandate and section 64 of the Act to allow “any other directions” given by responsible Ministers under sub section 64(1) of the Act. They stated that statutory pre-conditions had been met in relation to the 2016 Mandate. The responsible

    Before the Writs for the dissolution of Parliament were issued, they had plotted how they would fund a $multi billion give-away election fund from “Bob Brown’s Bank”.
    Both Ministers have been advised that their ‘chutzpah’ will not pass the scrutiny of the High Court of Australia.

    They claim they have legitimately changed the Act. But, without Parliament’s authority that it not possible. The last Parliament declined for three years to pass the amendments to the CEFC that the LNP wanted.

    The LNP is lying about their ability to direct the CEFC and its funds without the authority of the Parliament.

    John Ward

  4. Russell

    June 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    As Malcolm Turnbull answered someone when they questioned him about global warming while he was in Tasmania for a day to have a gawk at the recent floods (after our driest year ever and months of bushfires), “It’s not economical to comment about this issue.”

    No environment = no economy.

  5. Chris

    June 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Lik or Nik ya vote but lets heat cole cos we has an Habbotite longing for the return of the mad monk.
    ABBA Any Body But Abbott
    Vote below the line put Singh as No1 then the women liberals then leave the coal lition squares blank.

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