The big talking point at Clean Energy Summit was the absence of the Coalition government and the lack of network planning. The consequences are about to be felt.
The Coalition government tried and failed to stop the RET, but it is clear that while that target will be easily met, any further growth in wind and solar will be hampered by the lack of policy and network planning as the physical, institutional and cultural hurdles take their toll.
Meanwhile, Victoria energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio says she has not heard of federal minister Angus Taylor since the election. The federal policy vacuum will continue for a while.
Still D’Ambrosio is facing a crisis of her own in the state’s solar rebate scheme, where the quota for August disappeared in 90 minutes as though they were concert tickets. D’Ambrosio is insisting there will be no changes to the structure of the $1.3 billion scheme, but that position does not look tenable.
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