New WA Cabinet welcomed

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (http://www.seaaus.com.au) congratulates the new Western Australian Cabinet and looks forward to working with the Ministers over the next four years.

SEA is a peak body representing more than 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.

Before the election SEA released its policy position ‘Creating a sustainable energy future for Western Australia' (http://www.seaaus.com.au/files/sea_creating_a_sustainable_energy_future_for_western_australia.pdf) which draws on what SEA members would like to see from the State Government.

Five important recommendations came from the survey:
  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

The Government's own energy policy recognises the importance of renewable energy and pledges to continue support for the development of renewable energy technologies. It also states the Government's commitment to working with industry to establish renewable energy precincts and to reform the market to facilitate the uptake of renewable energy generation.

"The Government's policy is consistent with SEA's objectives and we are keen to work closely with them on that," says Chief Executive Kirsten Rose.

"There is an opportunity for the Government to demonstrate its pro-business credentials by removing unnecessary regulation and promoting competition in the energy market."

"We've seen the Government cut red tape for the mining industry and we would encourage incoming Energy Minister Mike Nahan to follow suit with renewable energy."

SEA also congratulates Albert Jacob who takes on the Environment and Heritage portfolio.

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)

 
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