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This article was originally posted at Climate Progress. View the original article here

The government of Queensland, Australia is just beginning to implement a new energy policythat changes the way businesses are charged for electricity, a policy that the solar industry says is designed to make sure businesses have no reason to install commercial-scale rooftop solar panels.

According to a report in RenewEconomy, the policy reduces the price of actual energy consumption for businesses, but increases the price for energy service in general. That “service fee” has made it so businesses that were originally charged $42 dollars a day are now being charged $488 a day. With the area’s Goods and Services Tax, that amounts to a charge of $533 every day for electricity use. Prices on energy consumption have fallen to 10.4 cents per kilowatt hour from 11.6 center per kilowatt hour, the report said.

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Shadow energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio (Labor) addresses the packed Portland Forum. Shadow energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio (Labor) addresses the packed Portland Forum.

Victoria has got what it takes to grow and maintain a thriving renewable energy jobs sector, but government policy roadblocks are standing in its way, a packed forum of locals heard in Portland on Sunday.

Former Australian Liberal party leader, Dr John Hewson, kicked off the Renewable Energy & Jobs Forum. Dr Hewson said governments need to do much more than we’re doing today to address climate change. “There are enormous opportunities from a sensible response to climate change,” Dr Hewson stated, referring to the jobs that can be created by the growing renewable energy sector.

John Hewson Former Australian Liberal leader, Dr John Hewson thinks a Victorian Renewable Energy Target is a good idea.

Speakers from Portland-based businesses that employ hundreds of locals told the packed audience that renewable energy is a key pillar of south west Victoria’s regional economy. 

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I have to confess, until I saw Rod Quantock speak at a Western Vic Greens fundraiser last week, I had no idea right-wing “think tank” the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) had written a 100-point plan of their vision for Australian policy. Repealing the carbon tax is number on the list – tick.

I found a great article on Crikey.com where each point has been analysed to see what has been adopted and what might be adopted. It’s scary stuff.

What the IPA will get from Abbott

What the IPA will get from Abbott (part 2)

 

I cannot begin to say how impressed I am with this piece. The writer really takes a long, hard look at the way we live, in the society we are allocated. The writer is C Shaw – he deserves such credit for raising such an important issue. Thanks Ross Lark for sharing this with me.

Depression is not a Disease but an Indication that Human Consciousness needs to Change.

Just got sent this great story on community owned energy. This is terrific news for the sector. Thanks to Trent Hawkins, a senior energy consultant at Enhar, for sharing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-06/nr-energy/5652356