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Renewable energy wave rolls across Australia

Australia should look to the oceans to provide clean, baseload renewable energy as well as thousands of jobs, according to a report released today by WWF-Australia.

Power to Change: Australia’s Wave Energy Future was released in Fremantle by WWF and Carnegie Corporation, whose CETO wave energy demonstration plant in Western Australia is leading the world in this breakthrough technology.

The report estimates that the wave energy industry will create 3,210 jobs by 2020, including jobs in local manufacturing and maintenance. By 2050 this figure is expected to grow to 14,380 jobs.

“Renewable technologies are the nuts and bolts of Australia’s clean energy future,” said Greg Bourne, WWF-Australia CEO.

“What we are seeing here is the birth of a new industry that will provide tens of thousands of jobs and a technology and expertise that we can export around the world, as well as renewable energy to power Australia.

Mr Bourne stressed that the jobs created would not be limited to white collar work. “Deploying wave energy across Australia would mean jobs in manufacturing. It would mean jobs for metal workers, welders, builders, divers and maintenance workers.”

Dr Michael Ottaviano, Managing Director of Carnegie Corporation said the wave energy industry is expecting significant growth as Australia puts a price on carbon.

"We expect Carnegie and the Australian wave energy industry to grow rapidly, with regional areas in the southern half of Australia in particular set to benefit from wave power generation. Australia has the largest and most consistent wave energy resource globally and at least 35 per cent of our current baseload power needs could be generated from the Southern Ocean."

Regions such as Geraldton and Albany in Western Australia, Port MacDonnell in South Australia, Portland, Warnambool and Phillip Island in Victoria, western Tasmania and the southern and central coasts of New South Wales are optimal sites for wave energy plants.

WWF is calling on the Federal Government to support emerging base loads renewable energy sources like wave by changing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme.

“By ‘banding’ the RET to support different renewable energy types, the Government can help deliver tens of thousands of jobs and a low carbon economy,” said Mr Bourne.

WWF last week released a report indicating that the geothermal industry is set to create 17,300 jobs by 2050, meaning Australia’s renewable energy sector is set to provide a massive boost to Australia’s employment.

WWF stressed that building any infrastructure in the marine environment should include an assessment of all ecological risks before construction begins. “Particular care should be taken to avoid any potential impacts on threatened, endangered or protected marine species or communities,” said Mr Bourne.

Power to Change: Australia’s Wave Energy Future is available at 

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Paula Schibeci, Media Officer
Phone: 0406 381 137

Jonathon Larkin, Media Officer
Phone: 0410 221 410

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