Unpacking the Finkel Review

16.06.17 By

On Friday, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, released the findings of a review into the future of the National Electricity Market.

The Finkel Review was tasked with developing a “blueprint” for the national electricity market (NEM) that:

It’s a hefty 212 page document so we’ve put together an explainer to help unpack the content.

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The Finkel Review is an opportunity for politicians, regulators and industry to deliver for much needed certainty for climate and energy policy in Australia.

However, there are a number of concerns relating to how the Finkel Review addresses climate change and renewable energy:

The Finkel Review report is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to reduce the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluter – the electricity sector – by ramping up renewables and energy storage uptake and making energy efficiency improvements.

Australians are crying out for a strong, clear direction from government. The review is an orange rather than green light for a renewable powered future.

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