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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Industry, Tourismand Resources
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane
25 March 2003
The Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane today named a high level Panel to review the Commonwealth's Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) legislation.
The Government's Mandatory Renewable Energy Target commenced in April 2001 and requires the sourcing of 9,500 gigawatt hours of extra renewable electricity per year by 2010, enough power to meet the residential electricity needs of four million people.
The Panel, which comprises a mix of industry, academic and government policy skills and experience, will report later in 2003. The Howard Government will consider its findings in formulating national energy policy and the development of Australia's forward strategy on climate change.
Members of the Review Panel are:
"Mr Tambling has extensive ministerial and parliamentary experience and will bring a rural and remote Australia perspective to his chairmanship of the Review," Dr Kemp said.
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane, also welcomed the appointment of the Panel and highlighted the important role renewable energy is playing in Australia's greenhouse response.
"A key objective of MRET is to drive the development of Australia's renewable energy industry and leverage investment in renewable energy technologies," Mr Macfarlane said.
Terms of Reference for the MRET Review and short biographies for Review Panel members are attached.
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's Office): 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Kirsty Boazman (Minister Macfarlane's Office): 02 6277 7580 or 0412 171 444
The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 establishes the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target which requires Australian electricity retailers and other large buyers of electricity to collectively source an additional 9 500 gigawatt hours of electricity per annum from renewable sources by 2010.
The Panel is to review the operation of Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, to determine:
|The Hon Grant E J Tambling||Former Senator for the Northern Territory, Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Security and Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services.|
|Monica Oliphant||Research scientist specialising in renewable energy and residential end-use efficiency, Convenor of the 2001 International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress, Principal Energy Research Scientist Electricity Trust of South Australia Power/Energy, Member of the South Australian Government Research Advisory Committee, Member of the South Australian Government Renewable Energy Working Group|
|Peter Laver||Former Group General Manager and Senior Vice President, BHP Minerals Environment, Safety and External Affairs, Chairman of the Australian Building Codes Board, Chairperson of the Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission, Council Member of the National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon).|
|Neville Robert Stevens AO||Former Secretary, Department of Communications and Arts; Former Secretary, Department of Industry; member of the Board of the Information Technology and Communications Research and Development Centre of Excellence; Chairman of the Australian Communications Industry Forum.|