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Greens announce RenewAustralia – a plan to power the new economy

On the eve of global climate negotiations kicking off in Paris, the Australian Greens have today released their detailed plan ensure that by 2030 Australia's energy generation is at least 90% renewable and twice as efficient. A new government authority called RenewAustralia would deliver a 15 year pipeline of clean energy projects through a combination of reverse auctions and direct investment.

"Today the Greens unveil RenewAustralia - our plan to power the new economy and create thousands of jobs ," said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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PM Abbott’s war on renewables hurts low-income families, retirees

The Abbott government's decision to stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in rooftop solar will hurt Australians who are trying to make ends meet, said Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters.

"Tony Abbott is making life harder for everyday Australians, suffocating innovative new businesses, and handcuffing this country to the coal age," Senator Waters said.

"The CEFC helps rooftop solar companies offer free installation of solar panels, which means retirees and low-income families can start saving immediately. Well, not anymore.

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Compromise no victory for RET

At Parliament House this morning Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne stood with students studying for clean energy jobs, urging the other parties not to help Tony Abbott degrade the Renewable Energy Target.

"The Renewable Energy Target must not be tampered with. The only compromise should be getting the Abbott government to move with the times and start shutting down fossil fuels," said Senator Milne.

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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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Barnett’s solar re-think must extend to the big picture

The Australian Greens have welcomed the WA Government's more reasoned approach to solar feed-in-tariffs, while warning Mr Barnett must recognise that renewable energy is the way forward for WA.

"Congratulations to the thousands of Western Australians who stood up to Mr Barnett and made him realise that he couldn't break a promise to electricity customers," Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

"Now it's time for Mr Barnett to see the bigger picture.

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