An announcement yesterday by Clive Palmer.
Clive Palmer has told Fairfax Media that he is a “supporter of renewable energy” and WA Senate candidate, Mr Wang also said he thought the current review of the Renewable Energy Target was a “waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Clive Palmer is obviously a colour public character who many in the community hold a wide variety of views on. But, through a show of public support, the Palmer United Party have realised that it’s not politically feasible to go backwards on renewable energy.
Palmer went on further to say “It is also very important that we leave behind a sound environment so future Australians can enjoy their lives like we do today. It is for these reasons, that I believe the RET scheme should remain as is. It worries me when the government says everything is on the table in reviewing the RET”.
Mr Wang said the solar industry in WA employed more people than oil, gas and coal industries combined.
The 20per cent RET, established under the Howard Government and expanded under Labor, mandates that at least 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2020. There is significant concern in the renewables industry that the scheme is about to be slashed or even dumped by the government.
Without a doubt there is a systematic attack on solar owners and renewable energy in this country. This attack is being carried out by the big energy generators and retailers who have an interest in maintaining their dominance over our energy system. The review of the Energy Target is the government’s latest attempt to slow the roll out of solar across Australian rooftops. There is also a chance that following the review the government will try to cut the target.
This support from Mr Palmer and his colleagues for renewable energy will make that harder to achieve.
The Renewable Energy Target is legislated and any changes to that legislation would have to be passed through the Senate. As the party that is likely to hold the most cross-bench seats in the Senate after July 1, PUP’s position on the Renewable Energy Target will be crucial in deciding the future of solar in Australia.