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In the leadup to the NSW elections the Greens say they can map a way to stabilise household power bills, eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and creates tens of thousands of new jobs across the state.
The plan would position the Monaro region as a world leader in the fast growing clean energy economy.
The centrepiece of the plan is the creation of Energy Service Agencies within the public sector to support the transition of households and small businesses from coal-based electricity and gas, says Greens candidate for Monaro, Peter Marshall.
“This is about putting households and communities ahead of the vested interests in the energy industry,” said Peter.
“Labor sold off the electricity retailers and the Liberals and Nationals want to make matters worse by putting all of the state energy future in the hands of private corporations.
“Our plans for a public sector Energy Service Agencies will ensure that every household and small business in our electorate will receive the technical advice and in some cases financial support they need to become part of the exciting new economy.
“In The Greens’ vision for a clean energy future, households and small businesses would no longer be passive consumers of electricity.
“Instead they would become active participants in the electricity industry, trading roof top solar electricity and other renewable sources across a publicly-owned network. They will be able to manage their use to minimise their costs and assist the network to transition to clean energy sources,” Marshall said.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: “”The next generation of jobs will only become a reality if this state starts the transition now and gets ahead of the rest of the world.
The Greens say the economic and employment benefits of the plan to transition to 100 percent renewable electricity generation are substantial. It would bring more than 70,000 new jobs to NSW and serve as a platform for the development of an export-oriented manufacturing and services industry.
Combined with large scale approaches to decarbonise electricity generation, including a timetable to phase out coal fired generators, the combined efforts of households to reduce their fossil fuel consumption can have a profound and transformative effect on future of the electricity generation in this state
“Rapid technology development and falling costs for renewable energy sources like wind generators and solar power, mean that it is now feasible and affordable to escape the expense and pollution of coal mining and coal-seam gas drilling,” said Kaye.
Public control essential for home generated electricity generation, smart grid
Households will be critical players in the transition to 100% renewable energy in NSW. But, says Kaye, public control over the distribution and transmission network is essential for the plan to work.
“Premier Mike Baird’s plans to pass control of much of the electricity network to private hands would create political and financial barriers to the remaking of the network.
Key points in the Greens energy plan include:
- The creation of 20 public sector energy agencies to provide financial support and technical advice to households and small business and direct assistance to the low income and vulnerable in each region of NSW;
- A new partnership with households to support the transition away from coal-fired electricity and gas and to help finance rooftop solar, energy efficient equipment and intelligent energy trading and management;
- Investment in a ‘smart grid’ that allows households and businesses to buy and sell clean energy, including roof top solar and regional and state-wide wind power; and
- Maintaining the wires and poles in public hands to allow for the transition to a 21st century grid that is focused on renewable energy and local energy trading.