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April
30
2013

Renewable energy rorts probed

 

Source: The Australian, 30 April 2013




ALMOST 150 suspected rorts of the Gillard government's Renewable Energy Target scheme were reported to the regulator last year, with NSW and federal authorities assisting with the execution of two search warrants as a part of the probe.



The Clean Energy Regulator yesterday released its annual report to government on the administration of the RET -- a scheme that provides certificates for both large and small-scale renewable energy generation as part of the bipartisan target of ensuring 20 per cent of Australia's electricity comes from renewables by 2020.


The regulator's audit report revealed that during 2012 it received 147 allegations of rorts, the majority of which related to the creation of dodgy certificates for rooftop solar panels.


In the course of its investigations the Clean Energy Regulator executed three "monitoring warrants" -- with the NSW Police assisting in the execution of one and another conducted under the Crimes Act with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police.


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