Why small is beating big to clean up our energy supply

The mantra that 'bigger is better' could get us in trouble when it comes to clean energy policy, with the impact of quick-to-build small-scale renewables clearly usurping that of large-scale abatement technology in recent years.

Two days ago I wrote about the possibility that the small-scale renewable energy target (SRET) was under threat. One of the issues underlying this was Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s response to a question about the future of the SRET by the AFR:,

“What is important in the transformation of the energy sector is large-scale renewable energy,” Mr Combet said.

After we published the article on Tuesday we received the following response from Combet’s office:


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