WA urged to adopt renewables policies

THE Clean Energy Council has called on the Western Australian government to take on a selection of policy measures in order to boost the state’s draw for renewable energy projects.

Andrew Snelling

The council yesterday launched a WA chapter in Perth, dedicated to creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of renewable energy businesses in the state.

"Over the past few years we've seen Australia's renewable energy industry grow from a niche player to a multi-billion dollar industry, but Western Australia hasn't fully capitalised on the opportunities on offer – yet," CEC CEO Kane Thornton said.

"The Clean Energy Council is calling on the Western Australian government to cement its place as the resources capital of Australia, and take advantage of its abundant sun, wind, biomass and waves to generate affordable clean energy.

"I have written to Energy Minister Dr Mike Nahan to ask him to advocate for a bipartisan resolution to the Renewable Energy Target, which would see Western Australia attract more than $1 billion in new investment out to 2020.

"The Clean Energy Council has also recommended 15 simple policy measures that would help Western Australia race to the top of the national leader board on renewable energy, while driving greater competition and consumer choice in the electricity sector."

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