I’m guessing we’ll be hearing a lot about the Renewawble Energy Target (RET) over the next few weeks so today we’re going to chat about what RET actually means, why Australia needs it and how the government is trying to get rid of it. I’ll also give you some ideas on how to show your support for the renewable energy target if you feel compelled to do so (which I hope you do!)
What is the renewable energy target?
The RET is a federal government policy put in place to ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s energy needs comes from renewable sources (wind, solar, geothermal ect) by 2020. It started out modestly in 2001 with a 2 per cent goal; this was increased to 20 per cent in 2009 in the light of emerging climate-change science.