Science & Technology Australia (STA) urges a speedy, decisive and bipartisan response to the Chief Scientist’s Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market.
“This Review demonstrates that we can prioritise clean energy and emissions reduction while also achieving stability and reliability, and meeting current and future energy needs,” said CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie Walker.
“The Review also highlights the potential for Australia to be a world leader in new energy generation and storage technology, innovating through sound investment in Australian energy science and technology.
“We are keen that both sides of politics move to take full advantage of this opportunity to modernise our energy policy, and support the growth of a strong clean energy sector while taking significant steps in the important work of reducing CO2 emissions.”
STA highlighted the need to be mature and decisive in our actions when deciding on future directions for Australia’s energy sector.
“Science & Technology Australia commends the Chief Scientist for providing a solid and effective framework for building Australia’s energy future, and we urge bilateral leadership in responding to the Review.”
The peak body also echoed the Review’s calls for better data, early testing of technology, cyber threat awareness, workforce preparedness and the best available weather impact and forecasting capabilities to prepare for the deployment of new technologies.
“We have a real opportunity to boost our energy capacity and security; while fostering innovation by empowering and enabling leading scientists and technologists in Australia,” Ms Walker said.
“The sector, along with all Australians, will be waiting eagerly to hear what is planned next.”
The full report is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/energy/national-electricity-market-review.
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