Tonight, Thursday, our online readers can watch a renewable energy discussion as it unfolds live from the Cantina Tapas and Wine Bar in Market Street, Merimbula.
The inaugural Politics in The Pub event is styled on ABC’s Q&A with a panel comprised of Federal Member for Eden Monaro Dr Mike Kelly, Infigen Energy’s General Manager (Development) Frank Boland and Clean Energy For Eternity founder Matthew Nott.
Discussion will be moderated by Jo Thorpe who has organised the event with local technology business group, IntoIT to highlight major projects that are placing Southeast NSW in the spotlight of Australia’s renewable energy industry.
These include wave energy in Eden, wind power on the Monaro, solar farms and bio-fuel reactors.
Mrs Thorpe, said Politics In The Pub aimed to develop a community discussion about the pros and cons of different renewable technologies.
“It’s easy to think ‘Green is Good’,” says Jo.
“But have you ever stopped to consider ‘Which Green is Better’?”
With electricity prices increasing, Jo says consumers are becoming more aware of renewable energy as a way to control their day-to-day budget.
However, she says there are cost benefits of different types of renewable power that should be considered but are often overlooked.
“The NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) aspect of wind generation is a classic example,” says Jo.
“And bio-fuel reactors seem to be fine for our garbage but not logging waste.”
Jo says all new technology has an economic, environmental or social impact and these needed to be objectively assessed in order to decide which would provide the best outcome for southeast NSW.
“’Politics in the Pub’ will provide a forum to discuss, debate and challenge,” says Jo.