Conference Brings Clean Energy World To Adelaide

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30 April 2010

Conference to bring clean energy world to Adelaide

NATIONAL: Adelaide will host the biggest renewable energy conference in Australia’s history this Monday as

more than 700 delegates gather to prepare for a multi-billion dollar expansion of the clean energy industry over

the next decade.

Clean Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said the South Australian Government was a national

leader in encouraging the development of renewable energy, making Adelaide an ideal host city for the


“Renewable energy remains the most successful climate change solution in Australia today,” he said. 

“Developing affordable and reliable clean energy is one of the most effective ways of preparing the economy

for a future constraint on greenhouse emissions.”

Measures to develop and expand renewable energy in Australia have strong public support and the backing of

the major political parties as an affordable and tangible investment in a cleaner energy future.

The Coalition introduced the first renewable energy target in 2001 and this was expanded to 20 per cent of

Australia’s stationary energy by 2020 by the Rudd Government last year, with Coalition support.

Legislation to improve the operation of this expanded target is due into Federal Parliament in the coming

weeks.  If passed, this will unleash more than $20 billion of new clean energy investment and thousands of

new jobs across regional Australia.

Reflecting this bi-partisan support, South Australian Premier Mike Rann will open the conference, with

contributions by Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and Shadow Resources and Energy Minister Ian


The conference has attracted leading national and international speakers including AGL Chief Executive

Michael Fraser, the new Chief Executive of the Australian Carbon Trust, Meg Macdonald, Secretary

General of the Global Wind Energy Council, Steve Sawyer, Mark Lewis from Deutsche Bank’s Global

Carbon Markets division in Paris and Seb Henbest from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

South Australian Premier Mike Rann said the state had seen almost $2 billion in private wind energy

investment since his government took office in 2002. 

“With the investment projected to be delivered in clean energy over the next decade, there are incredible

opportunities for companies in this industry. Australia will generate 20 per cent of its energy from renewable

sources by 2020, while in South Australia we have increased our own target to 33 per cent. 


“I look forward to welcoming the clean energy industry to Adelaide and meeting some of the international

leaders who will be travelling to Australian for this conference,” Mr Rann said.

The Clean Energy Council conference runs from May 3-5 at the Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For media enquiries please call Mark Bretherton 0413 556 981 or 03 9929 4111

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy sector. It is working with all Australian

governments to drive the development of clean energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro,

wave, bioenergy and cogeneration.

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