MEMBERS of the local community Repower Port Augusta group attended the launch of Beyond Zero Emissions new report, Renewable Energy Superpower on Friday at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
RPA spokesperson Lisa Lumsden, gave an address at the launch and was on the Q&A panel.
The report was launched by Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, and is the fifth in their Zero Carbon Australia Project.
Their initial report, the Stationary Energy Plan, was the genesis for their later sub-report Repowering Port Augusta, which saw the formation of the local Repower Port Augusta community group, and its alliance of other Australia wide NGO’s.
The alliance advocates and lobbies for concentrating solar thermal with storage electricity generating facilities to be built in the vicinity of Port Augusta.
That mission has been an evolving story and is not yet complete.
But with ever rising and encouraging support and interest from the government and industry stakeholders, it shows the need to work together to realise the benefits these projects will bring.
The Renewable Energy Superpower report detailed the opportunities for Port Augusta and Australia to become a renewable energy superpower as the world transitions to renewable energy.
Gary Rowbottom, Chairperson of the local Repower Port Augusta group, also attended the event in the interested and engaged audience.
“It was a very interesting launch, and he was pleased to be there to hear details first hand,” Mr Rowbottom said.
“It show support for the highly respected organisation that had opened many eyes, including his, to the opportunities for Port Augusta.”
“The concentrating solar thermal prospects and patently obvious opportunity in Port Augusta was mentioned by most of the speakers.
“Our Lisa Lumsden left the audience with the comment that she hoped Port Augusta is ready able and willing to be the hub for Australia as a renewable energy superpower.”
Beyond Zero Emissions has been rated as one of the top 10 of global think tanks to watch in 2016 by University of Pennsylvania.
Other speakers and panellists included the Hon. Mark Butler MP, Labor Party Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Australian Labor Party National President, federal senator Robert Simms (Greens), Professor Hugh Saddler - Adjunct Assoc Prof, Crawford School, ANU, Darrin Spinks - Executive Chair, HeliostatSA and Andrew Bray - National Coordinator, Australian Wind Alliance were also in attendance.
The Nick Xenophon Team did not have an invited election candidate as a speaker or panellist, but did have representation in the audience.
The Coalition were not able to have an invited speaker or panelist available.