Independent renewable energy industry, The Smart Energy Council, has slammed the government’s net zero plan, saying it claims credit for policies the government has been trying to axe and banks on technologies that don’t work or won’t happen.
The Smart Energy Council Chief Executive John Grimes says the Coalition “tried to abolish the renewable energy target,” which helped people get rooftop solar.
“They’re claiming credit for something they tried to abolish; they tried to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation; most recently they’ve had coal keeper programs,” he told Sky News Australia.
Mr Grimes said it was the “height of hypocrisy” for the government to say they had backed these schemes.
He said the government had “unwittingly” educated the three million Australian households, which now have solar panels, as they understand it lowers energy bills.
“I think the government is talking out the side of its hat when it claims credit for those programs,” he said.