What the REC is this?

August 5, 2009 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Don’t reck the REC

The government has proposed giving five times the normal number of renewable energy certificates (REC) to people installing solar panels on their roof until 2015. This means four out of the five certificates will represent energy that isn’t actually produced!

Extra certificates can act as a financial incentive to install solar panels because installers sell them on to retailers. Subsequently, on paper Australia will be achieving its annual targets for renewables, but in reality achieving much, much less.

Further to this, with so much of the annual targets in the first five years taken up by fake solar hot water RECs, there won’t be enough space within the targets to get large scale projects off the ground – including wind projects that are ready to go now.

This may delay large scale projects until 2015, meaning not just delayed renewables, but delayed investment in jobs too. If people thought that their investment in solar panels could reduce large scale investment in renewable energy, this may also be a significant disincentive to install solar panels.

The Renewables Energy Targets can be easily fixed.

The government could fix the RET by:

  • Doubling the RET to at least 90,000GWh by 2020;
  • Excluding solar hot water from the scheme and supporting it with other measures instead (solar hot water does not actually add to renewable electricity in the grid); and
  • Ensuring that all renewable energy accounted for is actually delivered. They can do this by increasing the annual target for renewable energy in line with the amount of extra credits that are traded by owners of solar panels annually.

Climate Action Moreland is opposed to the government inflating Solar RECs and demand it amends this policy now. We call on all Morelanders to take action now.

You can do this by sending a letter or email to Moreland’s federal representative, Kelvin Thomson. To make it even easier just download the letter below and add your details or any extra comments.

Alternatively, save a stamp and some paper, just copy and paste the letter into an email and send it to Kelvin at Kelvin.Thomson.MP@aph.gov.au

> Download Dont Reck The REC letter here.

Entry filed under: renewable energy. Tags: , , .

Pulling Yourself Off The Ground By Your Whiskers At last – someone is talking sense.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Petition Dan Andrews on Climate Emergency

Sign the petition to Premier Dan Andrews to declare an Ecological and climate emergency declaration

What Lies Beneath

Read David Spratt’s What Lies beneath:
Spratt-What Lies beneath-cover

Elephant in the Sky

New report on Aviation emissions and Australia, The Elephant in the Sky:

Climate Reality Check

Read David Spratt's Climate Reality Check:

Glasgow, Scotland COP26

UNFCCC climate conferenceNovember 1st, 2021
13 months to go.

Follow Climate Action Moreland on Twitter

  • RT @EnviroVic: All of Australia’s states and territories agree that the future is renewable, says QLD state energy minister Dr Anthony Lyth… 3 days ago
  • RT @dylanjmcconnell: I tell you what, the Fed's are doing a bang-up job of destroying the electricity market! Fantastic. Great move. Well… 4 days ago
  • RT @dylanjmcconnell: Already Origin's shelved their expansion of its Shoalhaven-pumped hydro due to the impact of the (government-owned and… 4 days ago
  • RT @350Australia: Here's what a 'gas fired recovery' looks like https://t.co/enQXIP4AQf 4 days ago
  • RT @Kenmcld: "No highway engineer would build a bypass that doubled or tripled travel times for cars, but they regularly do this for people… 1 week ago
  • RT @victoriawalks: "We are going to make some pretty aggressive decisions about freeing up as much space as possible." If this happens @Dan1 week ago
  • RT @georgefwoods: NSW Nats wouldn't cross the floor to represent rural people fighting to stop #CSG wells drilling through a recharge aquif… 1 week ago
  • RT @takvera: ACT Labor pledge 90 all-electric buses, with 500 new jobs in construction of supporting infrastructure, and engagement of new… 1 week ago
  • RT @takvera: Great to see these statements by Mark Butler: Morrison willingly turning blind eye to clean energy, Labor says https://t.co/qj… 1 week ago
  • RT @BenPennings: Documents from my Supreme Court case reveal the Downer campaign by @GalileeBlockade caused Adani a LOT of bother. Also, Ad… 1 week ago

This is the current C02 in our atmosphere. We need to get it below 350 for a safe climate.

Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere


Visitors to this site

%d bloggers like this: