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Making NSW renewable : The next steps (politics) Australia’s Climate Action Summit Greens NSW Making NSW renewable : The next steps (politics) Australia’s Climate Action Summit Greens NSW MP John Kaye June 2013, Glebe NSW

The challenge – 2013 John Kaye Greens NSW MP The challenge – 2013 John Kaye Greens NSW MP

John Kaye Greens NSW MP 3 John Kaye Greens NSW MP 3

The barriers Climate deniers Impact on probable next federal govt Power of fossil fuel The barriers Climate deniers Impact on probable next federal govt Power of fossil fuel industry Political Fear of change Job and economic insecurity Politicians lacking imagination No vision for a new future

The non-barriers Technology UNSW, BZE …: 100% renewable NSW possible Existing technologies: wind, solar The non-barriers Technology UNSW, BZE …: 100% renewable NSW possible Existing technologies: wind, solar thermal, PV Economics Costs plummeting Jobs: 73, 800 in clean energy generation, vs 6, 000 in coal and gas generation Investment capital $10 bn invest (+ 4, 000 jobs + 22 Mt CO 2) in wind alone

Plummeting costs of renewables Plummeting costs of renewables

Wind, sun, coal and jobs Jobs in NSW Coal-fired electricity 6, 000 (including mining) Wind, sun, coal and jobs Jobs in NSW Coal-fired electricity 6, 000 (including mining) Renewables & efficiency 73, 800 Jobs in NSW Aluminum smelting 1, 500 Rooftop solar 5, 400 John Kaye Greens NSW MP 7

The zero-carbon technologies Central Wind Concentrating solar thermal storage Biomass Distributed Rooftop panels Micro-hydro The zero-carbon technologies Central Wind Concentrating solar thermal storage Biomass Distributed Rooftop panels Micro-hydro Energy efficiency

100% Renewable is: Possible Technology is ready Investment is available Time is right 100% Renewable is: Possible Technology is ready Investment is available Time is right

100% Renewable is: Affordable makes economic sense renewables now cheaper than new coal-fired PS 100% Renewable is: Affordable makes economic sense renewables now cheaper than new coal-fired PS Social costs of carbon are economically unsustainable cost NSW: $2. 4 bn to $6. 9 bn Health, infrastructure create thousands of new jobs up to 73, 800 jobs in NSW

100% Renewable is: Essential Unacceptable costs of fossil fuels: environmental social economic NSW biggest 100% Renewable is: Essential Unacceptable costs of fossil fuels: environmental social economic NSW biggest Carbon addiction Dead CO 2 emitter in Aus end economy Renewables Export growth area

Breaking through Campaign of solutions: Possible, Affordable, Essential Focus on jobs growth Works with Breaking through Campaign of solutions: Possible, Affordable, Essential Focus on jobs growth Works with carbon price Legislation: Transforming NSW Energy Sector (Towards 100 percent Renewables) Bill 2013 A greenprint for a 100% renewable NSW Showing how it can be done Force debate on choice: CSG & coal or renewables Councils as change agents Towards 100% renewable communities

Part 1: Legislation Objective: require NSW govt to take first steps to replace state's Part 1: Legislation Objective: require NSW govt to take first steps to replace state's coal-fired electricity generating fleet with renewable energy and energy efficiency Steps: Develop the equivalent of 500 MW coal by 2017 solar, wind and energy efficiency Close 500 MW unit at Wallerawang power station 2017 Guarantee employment all workers at Wallerawang Ban new fossil fuel power stations of 15 MW or more Remove artificial barriers to distributed energy wind power Establish timeline for closing all coal-fired power stations by 2030 Guarantee employment for all power station employees

Part 2: Councils as change agents Councils best located to provide Councils know more Part 2: Councils as change agents Councils best located to provide Councils know more than any other agency about: leadership coordination and support (esp. finding funding sources) Community Housing stock Land Possibilities of renewable energy Build confidence in new technologies Aggregating expertise and knowledge

Possible roles councils can take Direct installation E. g. Waverley – 31 k. W Possible roles councils can take Direct installation E. g. Waverley – 31 k. W of PV Bulk purchase and retail Warrnambool – savings Establish Renewable Energy Parks Expand capacity as residents buy-in Works best with modular – e. g. solar PV Establish/foster Renewable Energy Coop Central NSW RE Coop Hepburn Springs wind turbines

Community benefits Jobs Low income participation Investment and economic activity Lower electricity costs Identity Community benefits Jobs Low income participation Investment and economic activity Lower electricity costs Identity and community strengthening “What’s great is that locals who are low income earners can even be part owners for as little as $100, and they have the same vote as everybody else - that’s inclusiveness and democracy at its best. I don’t have much money but I invested all I could in it. ” Hepburn member

Next step: Gather baseline data and identify opportunities: Next step: Gather baseline data and identify opportunities:

Towards 100% Renewable NSW Action needed at all levels of govt and community Reduce Towards 100% Renewable NSW Action needed at all levels of govt and community Reduce emissions rapidly Secure jobs and build export markets Take pressure off power bills Massive benefits Early adopters are winners Community buy-in Create constituency for change Just transition

2013 – the year of transition Greens moving Transforming NSW Energy Sector (Towards 100 2013 – the year of transition Greens moving Transforming NSW Energy Sector (Towards 100 percent Renewables) Bill 2013 Create the debate Demonstrate the possibility and affordability Greens developing Councils as change agents Piloting in a number of local government areas On-the-ground demonstration of possibilities and benefits We believe it is: Time to stop talking and start transforming