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Nine Federal grant funds for research, development and deployment of low emission technologies, including renewable energy technologies

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, responding to written questions from Labor MP John Murphy, said in the Federal House of Representatives on 11 September 2007 that he was aware of the article titled “Call to put more money into renewables”, which appeared in The Australian Financial Review on 15 August 2006.

Allocation of funds: The Environment Budget Overview 2006-07 detailed the programmes (listed below) that had funds allocated to the research, development and deployment of low emission technologies, including renewable energy technologies. They were:

• Renewable Energy Equity Fund;

• Photovoltaic Rebate Programme;

• Renewable Energy Commercialisation Programme;

• Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme;

• Low Emissions Technology and Abatement;

• Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund;

• Solar Cities;

• Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies Programme; and

• Renewable Energy Development Initiative.

“The above information does not include funding allocated to the Department of Education, Science and Training and research agencies, as this information is not readily available for renewable energy research and development,” Turnbull said.

Uranium and wind technologies: Turnbull said: “My Department has not undertaken a cost-benefit study into the use of uranium as an energy source. The Prime Minister…established a Prime Ministerial Taskforce to undertake a comprehensive review of uranium mining, processing and the contribution of nuclear energy in Australia in the longer term. The Review has contributed to a wide ranging public debate on Australia’s future energy needs and the broad range of emerging energy technologies. The final report is now complete and is available at the following website: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/umpner/index.cfm. My Department has not undertaken a cost-benefit study into wind energy as this is a mature technology and it is a matter for individual companies to analyse on a commercial basis.”

IEA reports commended: “My Department is aware of reports published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which is an autonomous body linked with the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development,” said Turnbull. “The IEA publishes Renewable Information annually, and in 2006 released the Renewable Energy: RD&D Priorities- Insights from IEA Technology Programmes. These and other reports provide detailed analyses of the status of energy technologies in member countries. I commend them to the honourable member. The IEA reports can be accessed directly from the IEA through their website at http://www.iea.org/”

Reference: John Murphy, Member for Lowe, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, Commonwealth; Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Member for Wentworth, Liberal Party of Australia, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 11 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 11/9/2007

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