Clean Energy Week is upon us

Clean Energy Week is upon us

Clean energy week is upon us,

Clean Energy Week is Australia’s largest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, incorporating ATRAA (Australia’s largest solar event), a huge trade exhibition, a schools program and events for the general public.

Hosted by the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s peak industry body, the week will deliver the latest on policy initiatives and technology developments, as well as the opportunity to make valuable new contacts and close critical business deals.

After drawing more than 2000 local and international delegates to Melbourne for the 2011 event, Clean Energy Week is set to be even bigger when it comes to Sydney from25 – 27 July 2012.

David Green spoke with the australian today about insulation in houses, this is what he had to say:

PEOPLE should be encouraged to insulate their walls and double glaze their windows to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and dramatically cut their power bills to ease the pressure of rising electricity prices.

The new head of the Clean Energy Council David Green said “big savings” were possible and Australians should not be scared off by the pink batts debacle from pursuing energy efficiency.

Mr Green, who has arrived in Australia from Britain, will use the industry’s national conference today to urge the federal government not to make wholesale changes to the renewable energy target, arguing that the experience in Britain, where the government had constantly tinkered with the scheme, was to undermine investment certainty.

Opening Clean Energy Week, the industry’s major national conference, Mr Green will argue that the carbon pricing scheme “is a means to an end — not, as some would have us believe, an end in itself. Any traded market has the capacity to be volatile and that’s why, to achieve investment-grade policy, we need measures such as the (RET) and decisive action on energy efficiency.”

Research released yesterday by the Climate Institute shows Australians overwhelmingly support renewable energies, with solar, wind and hydro-electric power the most preferred and coal and biomass the least.

But despite a multi-million-dollar government advertising campaign, the research found the general public was confused and unclear about the details of the government’s carbon tax package.

John Scales, managing director of JWS Research, who performed the qualitative elements of the study, said the public was deeply sceptical and viewed the carbon scheme as something the government was forced into when they formed a minority government with Greens support.

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