Port Stephens Econetwork Community Forum looks at renewable energy

Dr Mark Diesendorf to return to Port Stephens to discuss renewable energy.
Dr Mark Diesendorf to return to Port Stephens to discuss renewable energy.

 

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EcoNetwork is holding a community forum addressing the issues of transitioning to renewable energy on 12 November at 2pm at the Tomaree Community Centre, Town Circuit, Salamander Bay.

Special Guest Dr Mark Diesendorf, Honorary Associate Professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of NSW, is researching rapid mitigation of global climate change and the integration of renewable energy on a large scale into electricity supply-demand systems, given the Turnbull Government’s controversial new energy policy that replaces the Clean Energy Target with a National Energy Guarantee.

Nigel Dique, spokesperson for EcoNetwork-Port Stephens, which has organised the forum, told News Of The Area, “This is a great opportunity for people who may be confused about government policy on energy to ask questions from the person with the most knowledge on the subject.”

He believes that this is a timely update from Dr Diesendorf who last addressed a forum here in 2011 and the changes since then in technology with solar and batteries having made changes to the playing field.

“The devil is in the detail, we really don’t know enough about the National Energy Guarantee as yet,” he said.

The forum will also hear updates on Port Stephens communities defending their neighbourhoods.

Local community leaders will report on a new council facing new challenges; saving the Mambo wetlands from a current development application; and Nelson Bay town threatened by poor planning and excessive development including high-rise.

You can find out more by visiting the EcoNetwork website at www.econetworkps.org.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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