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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
and
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
Ian Macfarlane

20 July 2006

More than $10 million awarded for renewable energy projects from ethanol to wind power


The Australian Government has today awarded funding to another six renewable energy projects, including ethanol, biodiesel, wind and solar power operations, under its $100 million Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) program.

Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, and Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, have announced the successful round two recipients while also calling for round three applications for the program which supports projects at the cutting edge of renewable energy development.

The $100 million REDI program has so far delivered grants in excess of $33 million to 16 renewable energy Australian companies nationwide.

"The diversity in this round's recipients bodes well for development of future energy technologies from alternate transport fuels through to wind farms, solar energy, geothermal and biomass technologies. All of which will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," Mr Macfarlane said.

"REDI’s focus on R&D and commercialisation of renewable technologies fills a niche in Australian Government support for the sector and complements other Australian Government renewable energy and low emissions program," Senator Campbell said.

The six projects awarded funding are:

"The Australian Government is committed to encouraging development of the full suite of energy options as our future energy, and climate change, needs will be met by a combination of traditional and renewable energy technologies," the Ministers said.

Further details of the REDI program can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au (under AusIndustry products). Closing date for round 3 applications is 7 September 2006.

Media contacts:
Kirsty Boazman, Macfarlane office, 02 6277 7580, 0412 171 444
Rob Broadfield, Campbell office, 02 6277 7640, 0409 493 902

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