February 2, 2011
The NSW Government’s announcement to scrap a raft of green projects from the Climate Change Fund to pay for its $1.5 billion solar bonus scheme is a poor policy decision, says the Alternative Technology Association.
Damien Moyse, the ATA’s Energy Policy and Projects Manager, said it made no sense to target environmental projects, including the longstanding rainwater tank rebate, in a bid to save money on the poorly designed Solar Bonus Scheme.
“This is bad policy following bad policy – it’s robbing Peter to pay Paul,” he said.
“Electricity consumers – not taxpayers – should foot the bill for feed-in tariffs. Correctly designed, feed-in tariffs need not cost electricity consumers more than two cups of coffee per year.”
“Now we are faced with a situation where the NSW Government is retreating from important environmental commitments to pay for its previous mistakes.”
This decision follows last week’s announcement by the Federal Government to axe $1.7 billion worth of climate change programs to pay for the flood levy.
“When hard decisions need to be made, it’s often the environment that loses out. And yet, many of these axed programs are just what we need to build our response to climate change,” Mr Moyse said.
The ATA is Australia’s leading not-for-profit, consumer-based organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable home design and water saving.
ATA Energy Policy and Projects Manager Damien Moyse: 0439 900 692