Call for elections focused on energy overhaul | Liverpool City Champion

A rapid transition to renewable energy should be an election priority, according to a group of clean energy brokers.

The Clean Energy Council released a policy roadmap on Tuesday and called for a short-term target of 2030 to spur immediate investment.

“Signals from the private sector indicate that the federal government’s latest policy statements on net zero emissions are not enough,” said Clean Energy Council Chairman Kane Thornton.

The Morrison government has a long-term plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 while preserving jobs and generating new opportunities for industries and regional Australia.

Mr Thornton said a power grid powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030 would cut emissions by 44.5% from 2005 levels, as well as jobs, investment and growth .

“It’s just below the global average of 45% – it’s not a lofty or difficult goal – it’s the low hanging fruit.”

Key players will face off in a webinar on Tuesday, including former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a vital battleground for the federal election due to take place by May.

Deputy Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Tim Wilson, Labor Climate and Energy Spokesman Chris Bowen, Greens Leader Adam Bandt and Independent MP for Indi Helen Haines will also be part of the industry-led panel.

Clean Energy Council’s Nine Point Plan:

* Electrify Australia’s economy and industry with wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy and battery storage.

*Helping customers and communities transition to clean energy.

* Build a strong, smart 21st century power grid.

*Create quality jobs in clean energy and a local supply chain.

* Support communities and the coal industry as the phase-out of coal production accelerates.

*Modernize the energy market and its governance for energy transformation.

*Turbocharger-specific energy innovation.

*Decarbonize Australian industries using clean energy.

* Become a global clean energy superpower exporting renewable energy to Asia and beyond.

Australian Associated Press

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