Renewable energy in Australia

Wednesday, 16 May, 2007

The House of Representatives Industry and Resource Committee will continue its inquiry into the development of Australia's non-fossil fuel energy industry with a new case study into selected renewable energy sources.

Having completed a case study into the strategic importance of Australia's uranium resources, the committee will now commence a comparative study of the following renewable energy sectors: solar, wave, tidal, geothermal, wind and hydrogen.

The case study will examine the relative state of development of these sectors in Australia and their prospects for economically viable electricity generation, storage and transmission.

The House Industry and Resource Committee chairman, Geoff Prosser, said that renewable energy sources have the potential to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production and use in Australia.

"The committee will examine the current state of play among the renewable electricity-generating and energy-storage technologies in Australia, and determine what the prospects are for economically viable electricity generation, storage and transmission for each sector."

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