The Renewable Energy Target creates jobs and cuts pollution. But Australia’s biggest polluters are lobbying the government to scrap the target – because they rake in billions from their dirty coal-fired power stations.
Tony Abbott’s push to ditch renewables could hand coal and gas industry $10bn
Research shows bills would not fall, but the coal industry would reap a massive windfall if renewable energy target was scrapped. See:
Plans for one of Australia’s largest solar power stations scrapped
Decision to suspend Mildura solar power station comes amid speculation renewable energy target may be scrapped. See:
Fighting dirty on clean energy
The federal government has tried to blame rising electricity prices on the RET. But while electricity prices have doubled in the last six years, the RET has played very little part in this – previous reviews and modelling have shown only a three to four and a half per cent rise in electricity prices attributable to the RET. See: