Creating a sustainable energy future for Western Australia

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (http://www.seaaus.com.au) is a peak body representing over 300 members in the sustainable energy industry. As a business chamber, it promotes the development and adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies and services.

SEA is today delighted to release its policy position ahead of the Western Australian State Election on 09 March 2013.

"Creating a sustainable energy future for Western Australia" draws on the substantive views of SEA members who were surveyed on what they would like to see from the next State Government.

The survey produced five key recommendations that embrace SEA's overall aims: 

1. Adopt a state-based renewable energy target

2. Reduce barriers to commercial self-generation

3. Commit government to purchase a set amount of renewable energy generation

4. Accelerate improvements to Western Australia's public transport services and infrastructure

5. Support the roll out of smart meters

"Recent research has found that renewable energy is the preferred energy source for the future and that 90% of Perth respondents believe the State's energy should come from a renewable source," says Chief Executive Kirsten Rose.*

"We are very pleased to be able to put forward comprehensive, yet succinct sustainable energy priorities for the WA State Government," says Chief Executive Kirsten Rose.

Businesses in Western Australia are looking for certainty around Government support for renewable energy and well conceived economic incentives go a long way towards achieving that.

"With a renewable energy target of its own, the State would essentially establish a measure by which to judge its renewable energy progress. It is also a good starting point for the other reforms from where business should expect less red tape and a willingness from Government to make use of clean technology in infrastructure development and public services," says Ms Rose.

SEA encourages the State Government to recognise the economic benefits that flow from growth in the renewable energy sector.

Download "Creating a sustainable energy future for Western Australia" (http://www.seaaus.com.au/files/sea_creating_a_sustainable_energy_future_for_western_australia.pdf)

*Source: http://www.shell.com.au/future-energy/foe-survey.html

 
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