John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

John McVeigh MP

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FAQ - Renewable energy

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Coalition Government is very focused on participating in a constructive and meaningful debate about our national energy mix.

It’s a very complex picture, but it is clear that the transition to renewable energy supplies and a lower emissions future is well and truly underway.

Renewables are a critical part of our energy future, but significant research and development is required. We need to see new technology take significant steps to make the transition to renewables a cost effective, efficient process and one that assists the provision of reliable supplies. 

We can all be confident this transition is underway and that there will be remarkable changes in the coming five years. 

A considered approach is necessary using the best technology to develop a grid that uses wind, close-cycle gas turbine, solar, and wind technologies being supported by storage, together with high-efficiency, low-emission (HELE) coal plants.

The energy mix is changing on a daily basis. The Prime Minister has recently unveiled plans to increase the efficiency of the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme and battery storage is being discussed for South Australia.

It is our Government’s aim to meet our international emission reduction commitments while at the same time maintaining energy security and affordability. 

This is an important step in a methodical approach to climate change policy and will build on the success of the Government’s approach while ensuring policies remain effective in achieving Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments.

We need to establish a credible, scalable and predictable national climate change policy to have a chance of achieving emissions reduction targets without compromising power reliability or security of supply for all regions of Australia; for businesses and families alike. 


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