ENERGY

ENERGY

Policy
Australia should develop an energy supply that is smart, affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally sustainable.

Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Empower Australian consumers to manage and reduce their energy use through the provision of consumer-friendly smart meters providing real time energy usage information.
  • Progress towards using a predominantly renewable energy supply (see ENVIRONMENT policy).
  • Fund and subsidise research and development into renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency initiatives (see ENVIRONMENT policy).
  • Empower Australian consumers to choose and use distributed (non-centralised) energy systems including solar photovoltaic (PV), micro wind and ground source heat pumps, supported by battery storage.
  • Fully assess pumped hydroelectric energy storage opportunities.
  • Implement domestic energy reservation policies for relevant resources, including natural gas (see FINITE & NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE USE policy).
  • Impose a moratorium on all fracking, including for coal seam gas, until a thorough and independent review of fugitive emissions and groundwater contamination is completed.
  • Aspire towards a future without domestic nuclear power, whilst engaging in responsible management of Australian-generated low and intermediate-level medical etc radioactive waste.
  • Consider all baseload energy production options to help deliver our climate policy targets and ultimately a 21st century emissions-free Australian energy supply (see ENVIRONMENT policy).
  • Achieve a sustainable population with lower immigration (also see SUSTAINABLE POPULATION & IMMIGRATION – AUSTRALIA policy).

Related policies

  • Also see ENVIRONMENT (for renewable energy targets), FINITE & NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE USE and SUSTAINABLE POPULATION & IMMIGRATION – AUSTRALIA policies.

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