Chris Bowen Amends ARENA Regulations

Updated: Aug 24

Chris Bowen is the Federal Member for McMahon and the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy under the Albanese Government. In July 2022, Mr. Bowen introduced new regulations regarding ARENA, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Chris Bowen, with the text "Chris Bowen" foregrounded.

ARENA Regulation Amendments

On the 21st of July 2022, Mr. Bowen introduced amendments to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Regulation 2016. The primary changes concern specific terminology, introducing the new terms "electrification technologies" and "energy efficiency technologies."

The former refers to technologies which either replace technologies which use fossil fuels or facilitate the replacement of technology which uses fossil fuels. The latter refers to those technologies involved in energy conservation, management of demand and energy efficiency.

The insertion of these terms then omits the terminology used under the previous Coalition government, "clean energy technologies" and "clean energy projects." These previous terms had been described as "vague," and the amended terminology reflects Mr. Bowen's and the Albanese Government's intention to "reverse the former Morrison Government’s attempts to redirect renewable energy funding to non-renewable technologies."

Mr. Bowen stated that ARENA had also been restricted in achieving it energy transformation goals as a result of "three separate attempts to broaden ARENA’s mandate by regulation so it could fund non-renewable technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and blue hydrogen." The Albanese Government intends to reduce missions by 43% by 2030, with Mr. Bowen stressing this target as a minimum:

"...43% is our minimum commitment – and does not prevent our collective efforts delivering even stronger reductions over the coming decade”.

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