WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH, 2012 |
Newman's Razor Starts Slashing Queensland Renewables
Queensland's new Premier, Campbell Newman, hasn't wasted any time in gutting
green energy and climate change programs.
RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson wrote yesterday a policy document released a day
before the election revealed
to axe a number of Labor’s environmental funds, including the Solar
Flagships program and the $50 million Renewable Energy fund.
True to his word, Newman acted quickly.
According to The
, Premier Newman has ordered Greg Withers, previous Premier Anna
Bligh's husband, to begin dismantling green energy programs he helped create.
"We want him to unravel those programs because he's the bloke who set 'em
up," the new Premier is
quoted as saying
Other initiatives to be axed include:
- The $430m Queensland Climate Change Fund
- $50m Renewable Energy Fund
- $50m Smart Energy Savings Program,
- Waste Avoidance and Resource Efficiency Fund
- Local Government Sustainable Future Fund
- Solar Initiatives Package
- Future Growth Fund
announcing the 59-page CanDo
Resources and Energy Strategy
document claims these and other carbon
reduction initiatives are "redundant and a waste of taxpayers’ money in
light of the federal government’s mandated renewable energy target and the
While Newman's renewables razor is sharpened, Queensland's hugely popular solar
feed in tariff, which pays households installing home solar power systems 44c
per kilowatt hour for surplus electricity exported to the mains grid, will
Queensland has emerged as Australia's small scale solar power stronghold, with
households in the state embracing the installation of rooftop
solar panel systems
in an effort to defeat rapidly increasing power bills.
In 2011 under the previous Labor government, Queensland sailed
past solar targets
three years ahead of schedule. At that point, small scale
solar comprised 224 megawatts of the State’s 226 megawatts of installed solar
PV generating capacity.
Other news for Wednesday 28 March, 2012
Return to main renewable energy news section
Other Energy Matters News Services