[permaculture] Fw: enewsletter #143 - and Solar Action

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Tue May 17 04:17:14 EDT 2011

Australian readers might find this newsletter interesting even though it is usually a bit more commercial.  
They seem to be organising a good campaign that our friends down under might appreciate knowing about.


--- On Tue, 5/17/11, Rainbow Power Co Newsletter <rpc-news at rpc.com.au> wrote:
Rainbow Power Company   Enewsletter #143 17th May 2011 


1) This is the first E-Newsletter since Christmas.   I am very sorry about this but we have been so
busy for the past few months reacting to State & Federal Governments action to make life very
difficult for us.  In the past two months we have had three meetings with our local NSW Member
of Parliament, two meetings with the Energy Minister and several hundred calls from customers
trying to understand the situation.  The chain of back-flips and policy vacuums has been truly
amazing.   Here is just a brief summary of them:

a) Federal government reduces the RECs/ STC 'multiplier from 5 to 4 which basically reduced the
'rebate' by 20%

b) NSW gov't announces that the Feed in Tariff (FIT) will reduce from $0.60 to $0.20 per kWh

c) The NSW gov't announces that a statewide cap of 300 MW on solar installations will be
enforced; the program was over subscribed by some 40 MW and once the cap was reached
customers would not receive any payment for excess power to the grid -  eg the $0.60 was now

d) The utilities offer $0.06 / kWh for excess power sold;

f) The Federal gov't further reduces the RECs/ STC multiplier from 5 to 4 and now to 3, reducing
the rebate by some 40%

g) The value of the STCs decreases in value from their supposed fixed value of $40 to $25 - the
effect of all these changes has been to double the 'out of pocket' expense for a 1.5 kW grid feed

h) The NSW gov't announces two summits, the first to work out what to do with existing
customers, the second what to do for future applicants.

i) The NSW gov't proposes to break the contract with some 120,000 customers to reduce their
FIT payment from $0.60 to $0.40 / kWh.


You have no doubt heard about the outrageous NSW government proposal to change the 
FIT from $0.60 to $0.40 / kWh. Here are some suggested actions:

1) Write emails to:

Liberal Party
Premier office at premier.nsw.gov.au
 Minister office at hartcher.minister.nsw.gov.au

National Party
 Andrew Stoner (Deputy Premier) oxley at parliament.nsw.gov.au

Shooters and Fishers Party
 Robert Borsak (S&FP) robert.borsak at parliament.nsw.gov.au
 Robert Brown (S&FP) robert.brown at parliament.nsw.gov.au

Christian Democratic Party
 Fred Nile (CDP) F.Nile at parliament.nsw.gov.au;
 Paul Green (CDP)paul.green at parliament.nsw.gov.au

Sunrise TV Program (they have been very supportive in the past):

Here is some sample text prepared by AuSES - Please DO NOT just copy and paste it- 
include some personal details about yourself- how the decision effects you etc.


I am deeply concerned about the NSW decision to tear up the feed in contract the NSW 
Government has with the people of NSW.

I made an investment decision based on the rules laid out by the government. Now I am going to
be punished for following the rules.

I am not alone. Over 120,000 households and businesses have invested large sums ($3,500 
to $75,000) based on this legally binding promise, including a substantial amount in regional 

Changing the rules retrospectively like this goes against the rule of law and fatally undermines
public trust in government.

You need to act to restore fairness in NSW and protect the reputation of the state as a safe,
stable place to invest and do business.

Do not allow this change to be made.

Vote NO to retrospective cuts to solar, and YES  to an immediate a 1:1 feed in tariff in NSW.

2) Join Facebook Pages:

LIKE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-for-Solar/211096198921304

If you are near Sydney- ATTEND: 

TWEET: http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23rallyforsolar

3) If you are near Sydney, attend the Rally:

The Rally will be held in the Barnet Long Room
Customs House
31 Alfred Street
Circular Quay, Sydney
from 11.30 to 12.30

4) Try and get a GetUp! campaign going by giving 3 votes to each of these:



5) Sign this online petition:

6)  If you are on the Far North Coast, PLEASE attend a rally this Wednesday (tomorrow) starting
at 11:30 in front of the Lismore Library and then marching onto Thomas George's office.

7) Call Slater & Gordon on 1800 555 777 to suggest they take up the cause.


Once again that’s it for this month.

We welcome any comments or articles you think may be of interest to us all for the next

Dave Lambert
Sales Manager

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