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SPOKES ALERT: Gov's Overhaul of Energy Agency

Thursday, 17 September

The Morrison Government’s significant overhaul of Australia’s renewable energy agency released today will fail to reduce emissions and pave the way for fossil fuels.

The Government has announced it wants to use ARENA and CEFC to invest less in solar and wind, and drive investment in hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, which could extend the life of coal-fired power stations.


The following spokespeople can talk about the announcement and what it means for Australia’s emissions, renewable energy projects, costs to households and impacts of climate change:


Analysis of funding:


Tristan Edis, director and analysis and advisory, Green Energy Markets

Dr Bruce Mountain, economist, Green Energy Markets

Dylan McConnell, energy analyst, University of Melbourne

Bruce Robertson, investment analyst and gas expert, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Tim Baxter, Senior researcher, Climate Council


Clean energy/regional solutions:


Andrew Bray, national coordinator of Australian Wind Alliance

Ellen Roberts, Director of Solar Citizens

Climate Impacts:

Mike Hayes, Siromet Wines on the impacts of Climate Change in his region and on his business and the implications of slowing or reversing what little action is happening.

Dr Scott F. Heron, Senior Lecturer at James Cook University and expert in coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Angus Emmott, Grazier at Longreach can talk about local climate impacts and concern at slowing or reversing existing action.

For interviews, contact Kate Davies on 0419 723 196 or