Government names panel set to review renewables targets

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The Australian renewables industry has welcomed an announcement by federal environment minister David Kemp in which he named the panel that will review the laws governing Australia's renewable energy targets. The announcement is seen as a sign that the government does not plan to scrap the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET), as had been recommended in an energy policy review published by the Council of Australian Governments last year (Windpower Monthly, December 2002). "The government is determined to see the renewable and sustainable energy industry as part of Australia's future and is committed to making sure we have a strong component of renewable energy. We see that as part of longer term energy security," Kemp says. "We are delighted with the impact so far of the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target, a world leading scheme. It's clearly generating an enormous amount of interest in innovative approaches to renewable energy." Welcoming the announcement, the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy's Andrew Stock says: "Australia's level of renewable energy is well below other developed countries and the review into MRET needs to deliver a ten per cent increase in market share by 2010."

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