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'No plans' to cut renewable energy target


Source: The Guardian 24/1/17

The Turnbull government has “no plans” to change the Renewable Energy Target, environment minister Josh Frydenberg has said in response to reports conservative Coalition MPs want the target dropped.

In an interview on Radio National Frydenberg said the RET was “balanced” but “not cost free” – warning it added $63 a year to household power bills and attacking Labor for its 50% target on renewables.

On Monday, deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce refused to commit the government to maintaining the RET. Tony Abbott and South Australian senator Cory Bernardi have both publicly argued that renewable energy targets should be scrapped.

On Tuesday, Frydenberg said the government had “no plans” to change the target of 33,000 gigawatt hours of energy from renewable energy by 2020, or about 23.5%. He said it was a challenge to meet the target, but a balanced one.

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