Cuts to Queensland solar feed in tariff a logical market evolution.
The reduction of a solar feed in tariff in Queensland announced by Premier Campbell Newman is a rational, timetabled change to the feed in tariff structure says the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA).

‘The Premier has offered forward notice to the industry and customers, allowing forward planning and a 12 month installation timeframe for installations, and provides solar businesses the opportunity to make structural adjustments in an evolving market,' says SEA chief adviser Professor Ray Wills.
Green electricity tariffs shouldn't include a price on carbon.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned the business community to not raise consumer prices before the impact of the carbon tax on their own costs have been properly evaluated. The ACCC has highlighted the only commodity that can easily document the impact is the electricity generation industry, and this will be reflected in their tariffs from 1 July 2012 as generators can readily evaluate the impact of a $23 per tonne price on carbon on their fossil fuel costs.

As a price of carbon is implemented around Australia, the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) will be joining the scrutiny of electricity pricing to ensure that renewable electricity tariffs do not increase with a price on carbon. 

Build of renewables now around half of new additions to global electricity projects – REN21 report.

The 2012 edition of REN21's Renewables Global Status Report ( reveals the world has changed how it sources energy, says the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA).

‘The REN21 report reveals 118 countries have now implemented RE targets with more than half in developing countries,' says SEA chief adviser, Professor Ray Wills.

Electricity consumption has peaked around the world, not just Western Australia.
A report of falling electricity consumption in Western Australia as homes cut electricity use should not be surprising - electricity consumption is falling all around the world, and has been falling for the past few years, in some countries since 2007, says the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA).

Falls in electricity consumption globally over the last few years can be largely attributed to improving energy efficiency, and is the result of successful regulation and programs on energy efficiency by governments leading action on reducing emissions to combat global warming through efficiencies in all areas of industrial, commercial and domestic energy consumption.

Sustainable Energy Association to seek new CEO.
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) will commence a job search for a new Chief Executive following the decision of existing CEO Professor Ray Wills to accept a new role.

‘It is with regret that I announce that Ray Wills has resigned from the role of SEA Chief Executive Officer, finishing on the first day of June,' says SEA Chair Greg Denton.

‘The good news is Ray is not going far - Ray has accepted an invitation from the Board to be co-opted as a SEA Board member.'

‘The Board looks forward to Ray's continuing contribution to support and grow our Association.'

‘Ray's energy and enthusiasm for sustainable energy is infectious, and will continue with him providing representation on behalf of SEA as a Board member.'

‘Ray has also agreed to continue as SEA's media spokesperson and to provide other external representation on behalf of SEA for as long as needed in the transition to a new CEO.'

Professor Wills is to become a Partner in the SEA Corporate Member business, highly regarded government relations advisory firm Smith&Duda Consulting.

‘I'm pleased to be able to contribute significantly to SEA while taking up my new role as a Partner at Smith&Duda providing specialist government and business relations advice to clients - with my position having the flexibility to work with and provide pro-bono advice back to SEA,' says Prof Wills.

‘The Board is delighted that these changes can be effected, with the support of Smith&Duda, in such a way that members will continue to benefit from Ray's tireless and passionate advocacy, his incredibly strong relationships with decision-makers, and his encyclopaedic understanding of the sector and all the players in it,' says Mr Denton.


‘The SEA Board will today initiate a competitive recruitment process and seek candidates for the CEO role. With a new CEO, the SEA Board aim to continue to strengthen the role SEA play in supporting the interests of our Members, and advancing Australia towards a more sustainable future,' says Mr Denton.

‘We expect strong interest in the CEO's position from across Australia.'

Sustainable Energy Association to seek new CEO.

SEA Media Release - 23 May 2012

Sorry but we’ve installed too much renewable energy.
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia challenges the notion that spending more on renewables is somehow a bad thing.

In what is reported by various media as a "blowout in the Western Australian Government's household solar subsidy scheme", no analysis has been done to consider what the benefits of the additional expenditure have created.

Premier needs Liberal principles to lead competitive electricity markets.

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia refutes the suggestion by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett who has been reported as saying that WA's electricity market is one of the smallest in the world and retail competition for households "isn't needed and won't work."

‘Monopoly operations anywhere are a barrier to developing a free market with competitive pricing,' says Professor Ray Wills, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA).

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