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Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Thu May 15, 2014 1:23 pm

If you support renewable energy in Australia, please send in a submission to the RET review before 16th May.
The RET keeps the cost of installing a solar system down, I'm sure many on this forum have benefited from it, and it has also reduced the average wholesale price of electricity.

Here is an Energy Matters news item about it:
http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.p ... le_id=4306

GetUp have a submission form to make it simple to do:
https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/clim ... ble-energy

I sent mine in last week.
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Re: Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby davidg » Thu May 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Gordon-Loomberah wrote:GetUp have a submission form to make it simple to do:
https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/clim ... ble-energy
I sent mine in last week.

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Re: Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby Tracker » Fri May 16, 2014 8:06 am

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One problem that I have, is what is covered by the concept of the Renewable Energy Target..

Whilst I like the idea of encouragement for homes to install solar power, I have great difficulty accepting the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to wind turbine investment companies, and especially when you see them turning when no wind exists ..
If it is not possible to install wind farms and make money from the energy produced, then the farms should not exist.. The embedded energy of a single generator, would likely never be repaid... the environment looses..

Then, given the current costs of PV installations, I do wonder if that cost is something that is now affordable, without the need of taxpayer assistance..
My first system had a wholesale purchase price of 10 big ones..

So the thought arrises...
Can we have a RET, and keep it as a target, without taxpayer involvement..?

And I am cynical about anything that GetUp is involved with.. :(

I am also concerned for a community that gets all touchy-feely wet over the concept of a RET, and does NOTHING to control energy waste in poor quality appliances and products, that are increasingly more unrepairable..
More should be done to legislate for appliance reliability and serviceability, as this alone will have a massive impact on the RET... IMHO..
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Re: Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby debe » Fri May 16, 2014 7:51 pm

Reliability & serviceability are 2 words not in keeping with consumerism & profits.
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Re: Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby Smurf1976 » Fri May 16, 2014 10:22 pm

Tracker wrote:Can we have a RET, and keep it as a target, without taxpayer involvement..?

It could certainly be without taxpayer involvement but someone has to pay.....

If it's left to pure market forces then only the cheapest options will be used for power supply. In the context of the grid that is coal, existing hydro and to a limited extent gas. Those are the cheapest and comprised virtually all power generation prior to the RET and renewable subsidy schemes. Therein lies the problem if we want to use more renewables - they currently cost more than coal.
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Re: Get your submissions in for the RET!

Postby Tracker » Fri May 16, 2014 11:27 pm

Smurf1976 wrote:....... Therein lies the problem if we want to use more renewables - they currently cost more than coal.

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And Gas is something that we have no idea of the related cost... the environmental cost, after the Great. Artesian. Basin is polluted by tracking..
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