Early end to Solar Credits Scheme untimely and unnecessary

The early closure of the Australian Federal Government's Solar Credits scheme announced today by Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is both untimely and unnecessary, according to The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA - www.seaaus.com.au).

The Government will abolish the solar multiplier, cutting the rate from two renewable energy certificates to one for every megawatt hour of electricity produced, from January 1 2013. This move brings forward by six months the decrease in the multiplier, which was previously planned for 1 July 2013.

New members on SEA Board

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia held its Annual General Meeting yesterday and is pleased to announce new members on its board.

Under the election system introduced last year, half the board are elected for two years and the other half for one year.

Australia keeps adding solar to homes.

Commentary by Prof Ray Wills, chief adviser to the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) through advisory firm Duda&Wills.

The latest data from the Australian Clean Energy Regulator (ACER) shows that more than 858 000 homes in Australia are now equipped with solar photvoltaic panels totalling almost 2.0 GW of installed capacity in solar PV, reports the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA - www.seaaus.com.au).

Australian homes also now have more than 600 000 solar hot water systems installed.

Give consumers choice - CCI electricity market reform call supported by SEA.
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA - seaaus.com.au) has welcomed the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA paper (CCI - http://www.cciwa.com/docs/media/14-september-2012-energy-paper.pdf) on the future of the State's electricity sector which urges the WA government to speed up energy market reform to allow market competition and consumer choice.

SEA agrees with CCI that an open, transparent and competitive market is the best means of achieving secure, affordable and efficient supply of electricity. Such reforms will facilitate investment in efficient electricity generation, drive efficiency and innovation through retail choice and incentivise energy efficiency.

‘Energy market reforms leading to the disaggregation of Western Power in 2006 were strongly supported by industry to create a competitive market, and those reforms are not yet complete,' says SEA chief adviser Professor Ray Wills.
Sustainable Energy Association announces new CEO.

Chair of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA - www.seaaus.com.au), Sean Webb has announced the SEA Board has selected Kirsten Rose as SEA's new Chief Executive.

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