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E-News Issue #20

28 May 1999

Introduction

This is just a quick note to let you know about a course that is coming up quick. Sorry for the short notice!

Media Release: Senator Nick Minchin

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources 991146

Minister launches Sustainable Energy Industry Association of Australia

The Federal Government will provide the newly formed Sustainable Energy Industry Association of Australia (SEIAA) with $100,000 over two years to support a range of industry development activities.

Launching SEIAA at Parliament House today, the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, said the formation of the new industry body was a significant milestone in the development of the Australian sustainable energy industry.

"A number of different industry associations have come together to form this single peak body, representing all aspects of sustainable energy interests in Australia, which is an increasingly important sector of the economy", Senator Minchin said. "The Government funding will be used for training and accreditation support for sustainable energy service providers and vendors, and the development of the network via newsletter and information exchanges." "It will also help further develop the standards for industry equipment and services, and assist with establishing mechanisms for engaging the mainstream electricity supply."

"The establishment of the Association comes at a time when the Government has made commitments in response to climate change, which has opened up an era of opportunity for the renewable and sustainable energy industries in Australia."

Other Federal Government support for the renewable energy industry includes:

  • $29.6 million for the Renewable Energy Commercialisation Program to support initiatives with strong commercial potential;
  • $30 million for the Renewable Energy Equity Fund, to provide venture capital;
  • a $10 million Renewable Energy Showcase, to demonstrate renewable energy technologies; and
  • for the development of a renewable energy internet site which will serve as a major education tool on various renewable technologies and help overcome market failures.

These programs are being delivered by the Australian Greenhouse Office and Ausindustry.

Additional Government support for this sector is available through Ausindustry's R & D Start program, the Co-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy and the CSIRO.

"The mandatory requirement for an increase of two percent in the use of electricity generated from renewable and specified waste sources by 2010 is estimated to require investment of between $2 billion and $4 billion in renewable electricity generating capacity," Senator Minchin said. "This is a very powerful market stimulant." "Government will be working with industry on the Emerging and Renewable Energy Action Agenda to further develop the industry."

Contact:
Kate Schulze, Senator Minchin's Office, 02 6277 7580 or 0419 432 664
Patricia Kelly, Dept Industry,Science & Resources, 02 6213 7170

Joke

RE: chicken
Sometimes it DOES take a rocket scientist:

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all travelling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.

When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatter-proof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo: "Thaw the chicken."

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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