The Renew Australia Bill 2016 was introduced to House of Representatives on Monday by Greens energy spokesman Adam Bandt…Greens’ energy plan, which aims to increase energy production by about 50 per cent and transition National Electricity Market from dirty to clean power…“Rules of Australia’s energy system need to be rewritten. Government must be the midwife of the clean energy society..National Electricity Market rules have long frustrated clean energy industry, mostly because there is no mention of the environment in its list of “objectives”. They see this is one reason why new tariffs that would recognise environmental benefits of renewable energy and decentralised generation rarely get through…They also say this is one reason why the policy regulators in Australia are so slow-moving. Out-of-date regulation is considered to be the major impediment to the rapid uptake of new technology in Australia…Incumbents are often accused of using this as self-defence, but analysts say this may be counter-productive, and may encourage consumers to take their own action and leave the grid altogether.
“Our existing energy generators, grid and market are no longer ‘fit for purpose’. The transition task is huge and requires government coordination if we’re to ensure no-one is left behind,” he said. “Everyone now accepts that a carbon price alone won’t phase out coal in the time we need, unless it’s very high”.