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The Institute is an apolitical, not-for-profit, energy policy body.
It provides a mechanism by which all stakeholders in Australian energy may collaborate on risks and concerns impacting on energy finance, production, supply and export, where those risks may not have been fully addressed by existing industry organisations.
It acknowledges all environmental concerns as well as the paramount interest of the public in having access to affordable, clean and secure energy.
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The Institute's response to the Energy Green Paper contains nine recommendations, framed as a single package. In summary we are making two main points.
Firstly, that the principle of technology neutrality is critical to Australia's future energy policy. Energy wars only do damage to the economy, industry and the community (Recommendation 1).
Secondly, Australia cannot arrive at, much less pursue, a long-term national energy vision simply by the Commonwealth publishing a White Paper every time there is a change of government. An independent review mechanism is required to bring together the necessary resources and expertise in a way that is attuned to industry and community concerns. A task force that reports to the COAG Energy Council may be as good a place as any to start (Recommendation 8).
Click here to download and read the full submission with all of the Institute's nine recommendations.
Released 11 June 2014 ...'The Importance of Energy for the G20 and B20 Agendas'. Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia