Clean energy industry eyes 2020 target - and beyond

In just eight weeks’ time, Australia’s clean energy industry will gather to discuss how it can achieve the Federal Government’s 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target, and turn cutting edge innovation into mainstream technology, as part of Clean Energy Week 2012.

Hosted by the Clean Energy Council – Australia’s peak body for renewable energy and energy efficiency – Clean Energy Week is an industry-driven conference and trade exhibition that will run from 25-27 July at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is proudly sponsored by Conergy and will incorporate Australia’s largest solar event ATRAA, now in its 35th year.

Clean Energy Council acting CEO Kane Thornton said 2012 was an important year for the industry as it looked towards meeting the 20 per cent by 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET).

“The RET is a critical piece of policy for our industry,” Mr Thornton said. “With a Federal Government review scheduled for later this year we want to ensure the industry is united in terms of achieving the target, understanding the challenges and pushing for the removal of barriers that are inhibiting further development.”

He said the conference will also discuss the impacts and opportunities presented by the 1 July introduction of the carbon price and other legislation associated with the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future package.

“There are some exciting opportunities ahead for our sector as Australia continues to transform its energy system to meet the demands of the 21st century,” he said.

Key members of the government, opposition, energy and finance sectors will also be speaking including:

Greg Combet, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Ian Macfarlane, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Christine Milne, Senator and Leader of the Australian Greens Jillian Broadbent, Chair, Clean Energy Finance Corporation Michael Fraser, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, AGL Energy Ltd Jack Curtis, Vice President, Business Development and Sales Asia Pacific, First Solar

…. and many more.

The ATRAA Professional Development Day (Wednesday 25 July) will give solar PV installers from around Australia the chance to stay up-to-date on industry best practice and advances in technology.

On Friday, the conference program will include a free debate open to the media and general public which will discuss the role for clean energy in Australia’s energy system in 2050. The discussion will be moderated by journalist and TV presenter George Negus.