Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Next Lighter Footprints Meeting - Wednesday May 28th

Renewable Energy - a view from the inside 


Wednesday 28th May
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - 1 Faversham Rd 
Canterbury

Our speaker is Peter Dreher, 
"Bringing Renewable Energy Online : Facts and Fiction."


 Peter is a corporate and projects partner at HWL Ebsworth with a specialisation in energy.
We are fortunate to have someone who knows the inside story about renewable energy projects - at a global and national level, and what helps to get them up - or not.  
 
As an Energy Projects lawyer, Peter will present on the RET and renewable energy projects, including what it takes to bring a renewable energy project into existence and the role of the RET. Peter has advised in more than 25 renewable energy projects, principally in wind energy with some solar. He advised in the first project-financed wind farm (Challicum Hills) and has worked for developers, owners and suppliers in projects in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. His most recent project was the Taralga Wind Farm Project in which he acted for the owners (CBD Energy and Santander Bank).
Peter currently advises solar developers and acted for the supplier in the Alice Springs Airport Solar Project, and has also advised in respect of hydro electricity developments.

Having also practised as a lawyer in England and Germany, Peter’s legal work has an international flavour, with a number of European –owned clients (particularly from German speaking countries). 

Apart from his role as a Partner at HWL Ebsworth, Peter is the Executive Officer of the Australian German Association, a board member of the Australian Wind Alliance (VicWind) and a director of Melbourne Boomers.

Contact  for further information
Carolyn Ingvarson 
Convenor
0411 115 186




Sunday, 4 May 2014

Renewable Energy support in the Suburbs

Fighting for more clean energy investment, rooftop solar, jobs and lower electricity bills at  Burwood Festival

Lighter Footprints continued its fight at the Burwood Festival on Saturday 3 May to  protect and increase the amount of  clean energy in Australia's power system.

Since 2001, the bipartisan Renewable Energy Target has done just that, encouraging new investment in clean energy in a gradual predictable fashion that gives certainty to investors.

Under the target, federal law specifies the increase in gigawatt hours of new renewable energy which must enter the grid each year, building up to 41,000 gigawatt hours by 2020..

The Clean Energy Council, which represents the renewable energy industry,  estimates that the target,  if left untouched to 2020, would provide $14.5 billion of new investment in renewable energy, create 18,400 new jobs and save  the average household $50 on annual electricity bills.

However, since the Abbott Government's election, self-confessed climate skeptic Dick Warburton  has been appointed to head a review of the target, sparking widespread fears that the target  will be wound back or even scrapped.

 These includes  fears that even the highly popular and labour-intensive rooftop solar industry  could be harmed,   despite the repeated Coalition election  promise of putting  rooftop solar on an extra million rooftops.

At Burwood festival, the public once again demonstrated their strong support for clean energy, being happy to sign letters urging local Federal MPs to honor their election promises to retain the target.

Lighter Footprints also collected more than 80 letters to the RET review,  urging the panel to recommend retaining the existing target and increasing it  so we can move faster on climate change. See copy of letter below photos..











Here is the letter that people signed to the Review of the RET
Send one of your own before May16:


Renewable Energy Target Review
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600



Doing something about climate change matters a great deal to me.

I wish to make a brief submission to the Renewable Energy Target review that you are conducting.

The whole purpose of the target is to address climate change by bringing more renewable energy into our electricity supply in a gradual predictable fashion that encourages investment.

The Coalition has promised at the two most recent elections to retain the target. I expect the Government to honour all its climate promises.

I would like the target of 41,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy by 2020 to be kept as is, or else increased, so that we can move faster on climate change.

I understand that the present target is costing the average household about an extra dollar a week for electricity.  I am more than happy to pay this small charge to clean up our power.

Yours sincerely,


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