If you missed this meeting that was held on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the Bermagui Country Club you can view the presentations click here
The three presentations covered are from
John Walters who spoke on Renewable Energy Options for the Bega Valley
Bill Southwood who described the responses CEFE had received from potential commercial partners and
Jo Lewis who reviewed the options for establishing a community based power company and the prospects for solar gardens.
At the meeting there was also an overview by Bill Caldicott in which he showed how electricity bills are made up and how they can be reduced.
The resolutions passed by those assembled at the conclusion of the presentations are also included.
If you missed this very informative session you can view the presentations of the speakers here
Karl Edmonson from Reposit on the tools they provide for intelligent management of household energy systems incorporating solar PV and batteries
Harry Chami from Solar Juice for an update on domestic solar PV
Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency for an overview of what other communities are doing
John Waters from Ekonomix on large scale solar and battery systems
Tony Pfeiffer on the community owned energy retailer Enova and
John Keeble from Wattwatchers on another approach to improving efficiency and reducing energy spend through monitoring and control
About 80 people attended a Q&A session organised by CEFE Northern Beaches at the Narrabeen Tram Shed on March 9 2015. Upper house candidate Justin Field represented the Greens, James Wheeldon, candidate for the seat of North Shore represented the ALP and Rob Stokes Minister for the Environment represented the Coalition. CEFE’s John Davis moderated. The questions came from CEFE members and other local environmental groups. They were given to the panel members in advance and each had the same time to answer.
See videos of the answers to som of the questions below
11 Oct, 2011 08:21 AM
Bishop George Browning chaired the Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) meeting at St John’s Church hall and said this was an issue which confronted everybody.
Bishop Browning said economic problems facing the world had been caused by people living beyond their means and leaders must face up to the consequences or will he pay the price.
“We have to work out what sort of society do we want to live in” he said
The Bishop said that gambling was a huge problem with Australians betting and losing twice as much as people in other OECD countries, and 40 per cent of those were problem gamblers.
“We need to do something about this and about other issues that affect us all. I cannot bear to think that the children of today will pay the price for what my generation hasn’t done. Churches and religion must contribute to the solution. We have to find a level of co-operation now between political parties and the community,” he said.
Dr Matthew Nott from CEFE said the proposed carbon tax looked like becoming law but the alternatives had to be considered, such as the Opposition’s Direct Action and the NSW Government’s Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme.
Under a carbon tax, it is proposed the 500 most polluting companies will be taxed and this may mean they will bring in measures to reduce emissions or pass some of the costs on to the consumer.
From the moneys the government will raise, half will be spent compensating households and the other half on renewable energy, Dr Nott said.
The Direct Action policy covers an emissions reduction fund, the replenishment of soil carbons, tree planting and funding for more solar homes.
All these schemes would be paid for by the taxpayer.
With the tree planting many of 60 million trees would have to be planted in marginal land where water will become a real problem, Dr Nott said.
He said the basic difference between the two schemes is that with the carbon tax scheme the polluters were paying whereas with the Opposition’s Direct Action scheme it would be “bureaucrats making the decisions and taxpayers footing the bill”.
The NSW Government commissioned Frontier Economics to look at the economic impact of carbon tax and Premier Barry O’Farrell said that, based on the report, 31,000 jobs would be lost in NSW.
Dr Nott said that was not the impression he got from reading the report.
Admittedly jobs would be lost in the Hunter and other coal mining regions but the report also said that three regions of the state would benefit from the carbon tax and south-east Australia was one of them.
Dr Nott said the NSW Government’s Greenhouse Gas Abatement scheme was a great success.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said he recently had an audit at home and had found out numerous ways to save electricity including turning his refrigerator down to a lower level.
“We have learnt to change our water use, now we must learn to change our electricity use.”
Mr Constance said the NSW Government was against the carbon tax because there would be such a flow-on effect on families, and despite what had already been said there would be a great loss of jobs, and he was not aware where the jobs in the south-east would come from.
There would also be a loss of capital investment, he said.
The NSW Government was also not being compensated as the Victorian Government was with the introduction of carbon tax and would be $867 million in the red.
Mr Constance said the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme had been successful but that would not continue once the carbon tax was introduced.
He also queried why those at the meeting who seemed to be very concerned about pollution weren’t backing the Wolumla residents who were fighting to stop a pollution landfill at Wanatta Lane.
The meeting was then opened to questions and Mr Constance fielded queries from people angry at the time it was taking for the NSW Government to make a decision on the Solar Bonus Scheme.
He was told that hundreds of jobs were being lost because of the tardiness of his Government.
He said that it was being reviewed by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal and he was sorry that it was taking so long but it had to be done thoroughly and the review would be finished by March, 2012.
Bishop Browning said that he was “disgusted” at the way such a vital issue at what to do about climate change was being so politicised.
“I saw a letter in a local paper which talks about “Gillard’s science”.
“It’s not Gillard’s science, it’s all our science.
“The major problem with the way the carbon tax and climate change issue was publicised was that everything was so adversarial,” Bishop Browning said and received the loudest applause of the evening.
18 Oct 2011 bega District News
MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance says the Federal Government?s carbon tax will hurt families and seniors, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs and a force a sharp jump in power prices in NSW.
“Labor’s carbon tax will be a disaster for NSW families and seniors,” Mr Constance said.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals have done everything possible to stand up for families and seniors but unfortunately Labor has chosen to side with the Greens to impose a great big new tax on everything.”
NSW Treasury analysis has found the carbon tax will cost at least 31,000 jobs and deliver a $3.7 billion annual hit to the state’s economy.
It will also force up electricity prices for NSW households by up to $498 a year.
Businesses will pay $927 to $4191 more a year, depending on usage.
“The Federal Government has betrayed families, seniors and small business by imposing this carbon tax after promising not to do so,” Mr Constance said.
“Labor’s carbon tax will result in the loss of more than 18,500 jobs in the Hunter region alone and 7000 for the Illawarra.
“This will affect the South Coast.”
Mr Constance said these regions in particular can’t afford to shed jobs.
“After 16 years of Labor’s economic mismanagement, the NSW economy is already struggling and my government is kick-starting it; the last thing this state needs is a big new tax to hamper growth,” he said.
“Power prices are expected to rise by at least 15 per cent under Labor’s carbon tax.
“The tax would also reduce the dividends from NSW electricity generators by about $45 million this financial year, rising to $290 million in 2014-15.
“The NSW Government will off-set the impact of Labor’s carbon tax by increasing mining royalties but ensure companies are no worse off.”
Three questions for Mr Constance
At the recent carbon tax information session at St Johns Church in Bega, Mr Andrew Constance was very keen to avoid a debate. I think participants and audience showed great respect for his wishes.
Since that meeting however, Mr Constance has been quoted in an article in the Bega District News titled “Constance Slams Carbon Tax”. In that article, Mr Constance has made several statements that I feel need to be challenged.
The Frontier Economics report, commissioned by the O’Farrell government states that “the adverse affect of the carbon tax will be modest”. According to the report, the economy will continue to grow and jobs, incomes and standards of living will continue to rise.
Mr Constance says the carbon tax will result in the “loss of thousands of jobs”. He correctly refers to job losses in the Hunter and Illawarra, but I have questions about his comment that “NSW Treasury analysis has found the carbon tax will cost at least 31,000 jobs.”
The Frontier Economics report predicts jobs and productivity growth in nearly all regions in Australia apart from the Hunter and Illawarra.
If you take account of jobs growth in the renewable energy sector and billions of dollars in compensation for polluting industry (which the Frontier Economics report does not) then there will be 400,000 new jobs created by 2020 in NSW alone, according to federal treasury modelling.
Mr Constance says the carbon tax “will also force up electricity prices for NSW households by up to $498 a year” and that “Labor’s carbon tax will be a disaster for NSW families and seniors.”
Ben Phillips is the principal research fellow at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra. On ABC radio last week he was quoted as saying that the average Australian household will be $2.50 per week better off under the carbon tax after all costs, compensation and tax breaks were taken into account.
I have three questions for Mr Constance. How do you arrive at the “31,000 job loss” figure given that the modelling you quote describes a net increase in employment? Could you explain what you think the cost to households will be once compensation is taken into account? If you have a more cost effective solution to climate change, could you tell us what it is?
Mr Constance, I think you should reconsider your opposition to the carbon tax. Modelling commissioned by your government demonstrates that the proposed carbon tax will have a positive impact on jobs and output in SE NSW. The benefit is clearly spelt out on page 35 of the Frontier Economics report, ‘Carbon Price Modeling’
We have the solutions
One of the strong messages highlighted by Dr Mark Diesendorf (Uni of NSW) at the Monaro/ Snowy Mountains Renewable Energy Forum held in Berridale on Nov 6 08 was that we do have the necessary technologies available right now to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% within just a few decades given social and political will to make it happen. Dr Mike Kelly (Federal Member for Eden-Monaro) agreed that action on climate change was necessary and praised his electorate for its forward thinking and action on the issue so far.
This praise is well justified as illustrated by Philippa Rowland whom informed the forum that our region has procured $100,000 in Green Precinct funding for Clean Energy For Eternity to conduct a feasibility study to establish Australia’s first community owned 2MW solar farm in the Bega Valley. This farm will not only move the Bega Valley shire towards achieving a 50% reduction in GHG emissions, but also provide an investment opportunity in the SE region by prospective investors from all over Australia.
The forum also heard that wind power also has the potential to provide great ecological and economic benefits for our region due to the availability of this resource on Monaro. As an example, CEFE’s founders Dr Nott pointed out that the proposed Boco Rock windfarm would generate a total investment of $20 million as well as produce enough renewable power to account for at least half of Cooma Monaro shire’s energy needs.
But the possibilities don’t end there, as David Shapiro (Future Energy) illustrated with his presentation about the (smaller scale) Hepburn Community Wind-farm in Victoria which has now launched its prospectus and is accepting investment by shareholders, thanks to the commitment and vision of a community willing to take leadership and create local solutions.
Real solutions that reduce GHG emissions and safeguard our children’s future ecologically, socially and economically are needed to tackle climate change, and the forum demonstrated that we are well placed to do so. Look out in future CEFE columns for more detailed information on Community Renewable Energy Farms.
Report from Summit Sun in advance of above forum…
Our views will count
DENISE DION Summit Sun
Local people will have the opportunity to directly influence the Federal Government’s White Paper on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) at a meeting in Berridale, Thursday November 6, Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly has said.
Dr Kelly said that local views on climate change and the carbon pollution reduction scheme will be fed directly to Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong’s office for input into the White Paper due out at the end of the year.
Dr Kelly and Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE) will host the Berridale meeting in an effort to garner opinion on the Government’s current Green Paper on CPRS and also to look at solutions to climate change issues.
The climate change forum will give members of the public a chance to hear first hand about the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and give their views, feedback and suggestions on the scheme and strategies for tackling climate change, Dr Kelly said.
“After these meetings in Bega and Berridale I will be taking the feedback from these meetings back to Minister Wong,” Dr Kelly said.
CEFE founder, Dr Matthew Nott, said: “This is a huge opportunity for us to help shape policy through Mike Kelly. I understand that the comments will go directly to Penny Wong’s office and that she has made a special allowance to include this feedback.”
Ms Wong’s office confirmed that there were numerous levels of consultation going on and that they expected to be releasing Treasury modelling on the CRPS at the end of this month.
Dr Nott encouraged everyone to attend the Berridale meeting November 6, 5.30-7.30pm.
Sue Edmondson, CEFE, Snowy Mountains committee member said that the meeting wouldn’t be a talk fest on the problems of climate change but rather a chance to hear ideas and practical solutions from inspiring speakers.
Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of CEFE, will give an update on windfarm development on the Monaro.
Dr Mark Diesendorf from the University of NSW will talk about why action is so urgently needed and the renewable energy solutions.
David Shapero will talk about the Hepburn experience of developing a community owned windfarm in Daylesford, Victoria.
Dr Kelly has called climate change the single biggest challenge this country has faced since World War II and has said that he wants to use the forum to ensure the community has a voice and an opportunity to comment on the CPRS Green Paper.