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NSW solar mismanagement another reason for a national feed-in tariff

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Christine Milne

Australian Senate Australian Greens Deputy Leader

Contact: Tim Hollo on 0437 587 562

media release

Wednesday 27 October 2010

NSW solar mismanagement another reason for a national feed-in tariff

The NSW government's decision today to slash its feed-in tariff for rooftop solar panels is another reason for the Federal government to support the Greens' move for a national feed-in tariff.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has a bill for a gross national feed-in tariff before the Senate. The bill would support investment in all forms of renewable energy at all scales.

“A feed-in tariff is regarded around the world as the most cost-effective way of supporting renewable energy,” Senator Milne said.

“What the NSW government has done today is just the latest knee-jerk government decision to subject Australia's solar industry to a boom-bust cycle. How are people expected to have job security or investment security in these circumstances?

“It is ridiculous that every State and Territory has different mechanisms and tariffs for renewable energy and energy efficiency, leaving industry having to negotiate all these different policy settings. The federal government must adopt a uniform national framework.

“Federal Labor simply hasn't engaged with the feed-in tariff discussion around the country and around the world. Today's decision by the NSW government really should prompt their federal colleagues to give the policy some serious consideration.

“A well-designed feed-in tariff alongside household energy efficiency measures can put downward pressures on energy bills by reducing electricity demand and reducing the need for more investment in energy network infrastructure.”