Australian Government to Debate Renewable Energy Bill

16 August 2009 (Last Updated August 16th, 2009 18:30)

Australia’s senate is set to debate an energy bill where 20% of power will be gained from renewable energy, less than a week after rejecting legislation aimed at reducing carbon pollution. The bill will help spur A$28bn ($23bn) of investment and the creation of 28,000 jobs in industries

Australia’s senate is set to debate an energy bill where 20% of power will be gained from renewable energy, less than a week after rejecting legislation aimed at reducing carbon pollution.

The bill will help spur A$28bn ($23bn) of investment and the creation of 28,000 jobs in industries such as wind and solar power.

“We need the laws passed in three days, not three months,” Clean Energy council chief executive officer Matthew Warren told Bloomberg in an e-mailed statement.

The climate-change laws were defeated last week in the senate, where the government needs seven additional votes to pass legislation. The opposition Liberal-National coalition plans to support the renewable energy bill with minor changes.