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Australian Renewable Energy Agency rejects Byron’s Bioenergy Plant

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has rejected Council’s funding application for building what Council alleged was a ‘first in Australia’ $20–25m methane-gas-fired electricity plant (oh it’s bioenergy so must be okay!).

ARENA states: ‘We invest in projects to support the next generation of energy technologies’.

‘We fund projects in renewable energy and low-emission technologies. Since 2012, we have supported 628 projects with $1.86 billion in grant funding.’

Perhaps ARENA understands that Council’s proposed methane-gas-fired Bio-Bullshit Energy Plant project is as greenhouse shonky as many other residents do, and as 69 of 70 submissions to the development application (DA) did.

The GM states that Council will now pursue other funding opportunities. I’d expect receiving red socks in Council’s next ‘we’re a great Council’ community mailout, with a request to return them full. I think Council believes that we are Santa Claus.

‘Our purpose is to support the global transition to net zero emissions by accelerating the pace of pre-commercial innovation, to the benefit of Australian consumers, businesses and workers, unlocking a total investment of almost $8.05 billion in Australia’s renewable-energy industry. Our expertise, deep understanding of the renewable-energy sector and willingness to fund innovative and ground-breaking projects…’

John Lazarus, Byron Bay


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