Australia

Australia

Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Kane Thornton

CEO, Clean Energy Council

(pic: TAPhotohraphy)
(pic: TAPhotohraphy)

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Tireless champion in an uphill fight

When an agreement over the renewable energy target (RET) achieved cross-party consensus in 2015, it finally appeared that Australia had opened the floodgates to renewable sources of energy.

What had not been expected — though it should have been, in hindsight — was the fervent resistance of the fossil-fuel industry, which ultimately toppled the prime minister, Malcom Turnbull, and led to the watered-down national energy guarantee (NEG) in place of the RET, swiftly dropped by his successor.

Thornton, no stranger to the feeling of banging his head on a brick wall, branded the federal energy policy of being "in chaos".

Thornton’s support for the country’s wind industry will remain vital as it moves into a new decade with no support framework for renewables in place.

The CEC has helped launch a new centre for promoting corporate power purchase agreement, which at least offers one route to market for wind developers.

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