19. It delays deployment of existing renewable energy technologies

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Members of the Government have argued renewable energy is not ready yet, and its approach to clean energy appears to focus on R&D (eg. creating a carveout in the RET for emerging technologies). Its goal of 1 million new solar roofs is already on track to be achieved by 2017 anyway. If the Government decides to reduce the RET, it would effectively halt the deployment of renewables by 2016. And renewable energy is not mentioned anywhere in the Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper (except in relation to the Renewable Energy Target). We urgently need large-scale deployment of existing renewables, which can provide 100% of Australia’s energy.

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