Free public forum: Energy Transition After the NEG
The NEG is dead – but it seems an energy transition is happening in Australia without, or despite, policy intervention from the Federal Government. Join us at this free UTS public form hosted by the Climate Justice Research Centre and ISF.
Energy Transition After the NEG:
Building a renewable future from the ground up
A free UTS public forum hosted by the Climate Justice Research Centre and the Institute for Sustainable Futures
Date: Thursday 25 October, 5.30pm
Location: UTS, Building 8, level 5, room 001
The NEG is dead – but it seems an energy transition is happening in Australia without, or despite, policy intervention from the Federal Government.
Investment in renewables in Australia has surged in the last three years. The National Electricity Market is set to receive one-third of its power from renewable energy by 2020 - almost a doubling in renewables’ share since 2015.
And in places like Port Augusta in South Australia, the energy transition Australia is happening “from below”.
After a five-year campaign by the local community, the world’s largest solar thermal plant with storage will commence construction in early 2019. Along with a $600 million hybrid wind and solar energy park and a dozen other projects in the pipeline, this former coal and steel town is set to become a major hub for renewable energy.
Yet some industry commentators warn investment in renewables will “fall off a cliff” after 2020 without further investment.
In the current Federal policy vacuum, it’s more important than ever to know how we can build community support and political consensus for the energy transition Australia needs.
This forum draws on the real-life experiences of communities undergoing transition. What lessons can we learn from those experiences? How important is it for unions and industry to be involved in the process? And are ideas of “just transition”, and “energy democracy”, useful in strengthening public support for a decarbonised, fully-renewable future?
Lisa Lumsden, Repower Port Augusta
Ron Ipsen, Voices of the Valley
Daniel Spencer, Australian Services Union
George Woods, Lock the Gate
Cameron Reid, AGL Program Manager – Transition & Rehabilitation
Lance McCallum, ACTU
We hope to see you there!