Federal Government releases Energy White Paper

The Federal Government has released its Energy White Paper 2012, which sets out a strategic policy framework that builds on past energy reforms and the government’s Clean Energy Future Plan to provide a set of actions to address immediate energy priorities and longer-term change.

The Energy White Paper defines a policy framework to guide the development of Australia’s energy sector over the next four years. The framework is set against a review of Australia’s energy needs and goals over the period to 2035.

In the paper, the Federal Government has identified four priority areas:

  • Accelerating clean energy transformation
  • Delivering better energy market outcomes for consumers
  • Developing Australia’s critical energy resources, particularly gas resources
  • Strengthening the resilience of Australia’s energy policy framework.

It also provides a framework to manage energy security needs in the face of shifting geopolitical balances and changes in global markets.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green welcomed the paper’s recognition of the central role for renewables and energy efficiency in our energy system out to 2050.

“These new industries provide a rich economic opportunity for Australia, helping manufacturers, households and businesses make more efficient use of the energy we all need to use, while creating jobs and investment for regional areas of the country through clean energy projects,” he said.

Mr Green said the Energy White Paper rightly highlighted the need for long-term policy stability if major investments are to be made in cleaner energy.

Coinciding with the release of the Federal Government’s Energy White Paper, CSIRO has released eFuture, a website through which users can use energy modeling tools to experience the energy scenarios presented in the white paper.

eFuture brings together extensive data about Australia’s energy sector in a interactive tool. Users are prompted to make choices on electricity demand, fuel price and technology type and see how that impacts Australia’s energy future.

Director of CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship, Dr Alex Wonhas said “eFuture help us to understand just some of possible pathways before us and what it could mean for technology development, the economy and the environment.”

Visit the Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism website to access the full Energy White Paper 2012.

To use eFuture, visit the tool’s website.

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