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RET review - what does it mean for renewable energy in Australia?

Grattan Institute and Melbourne Energy Institute

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

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The renewable energy target (RET) has been the single largest driver of the uptake of renewable energy technologies in Australia, facilitating the installation of well over 3 GW each of wind turbines and solar photovoltaics. In late August the government made public the report from the RET Review panel, stating that the RET was a relatively expensive way to reduce emissions and with recommendations that the target be significantly reduced from its current level.

This Energy Futures seminar will present a range of views from industry experts on the immediate and long-term impacts of possible changes to the renewable energy target in Australia.


Cathy Alexander is a research fellow at the University’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, where she works on research translation on the environment and climate change. She was previously a journalist for eight years, including stints at Crikey, and at AAP in the Press Gallery in Canberra. Her main media round was the environment so she’s followed the fortunes of the RET in the Parliament.


Tony Wood is the Energy Program Director at Grattan Institute with deep experience in the energy sector. He worked at Origin Energy for 11 years, and was an adviser to the first Garnaut climate change review. Tony is also program director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation. 

Anthea Harris is the current CEO of the Climate Change Authority. Prior to her appointment, Anthea was a Chief Adviser within the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she played a leading role in the development of the Australian Government's carbon pricing mechanism and associated climate change measures. Anthea contributed to both the government's Green and White Papers on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Ivor Frischknecht is ARENA’s inaugural CEO. Before joining ARENA he was responsible for clean technology investments at venture capital firm Starfish Ventures. Ivor was previously Director of New Ventures at Idealab, a company involved in developing and investing in renewable energy technology start-up companies. Before focussing on investments, Ivor was a senior executive, including CEO, of a number entrepreneurial and clean energy companies.

By registering to attend this event, you will have the opportunity to ask one of our panellists a question at Q&A time. 

Have questions about RET review - what does it mean for renewable energy in Australia?? Contact Grattan Institute and Melbourne Energy Institute

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Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3010

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

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Grattan Institute and Melbourne Energy Institute

Grattan Institute


Grattan Institute is based in Melbourne, Australia, and was launched in 2009 with strong support from both the private and public sectors. It aims to focus on the important rather than the urgent. The things that could make a difference to the well-being of Australians over the long run, not distracted by three year electoral cycles. Since launch, Grattan Institute has established a profile as a leader of independent analysis of Australian domestic public policy. We aim to influence both public discussion and senior decision-makers.

Melbourne Energy Institute

The Melbourne Energy Institute is an access point for industry, government and community groups seeking to work with leading researchers on innovative solutions in the following areas: new energy resources; developing new ways to harness renewable energy; more efficient ways to use energy; secure energy waste and frame optimal laws and regulation to achieve energy outcomes. The Melbourne Energy Institute brings together the work of over 150 researchers providing international leadership in energy research and delivering solutions to meet our future energy needs.


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