Last week while traveling from Sydney to Canberra (the national capital of Australia) I stopped for morning tea at Lake George and was amazed to find what looked like hundreds of wind turbines on the other side of the lake. These alternative energy generators were not there last time I went past so this must be a fairly new wind farm. In fact when I did some research I found that this area has become very popular for wind farms having several in that part of the state, with many others in the planning stage.
Yet for all this development and growth in this sector of the power industry, wind power still accounts for less than 1% of power production. Obviously we have a long way to go! The political spin doctors may be making grand plans to increase this to 25% by 2020 using a range of renewable energy technologies but I have my doubts as to how committed they are. The coal industry still holds too much power.
However, the current push for ordinary home owners like me to invest in solar panels for my roof, with the power being fed into the state grid is an indication that this state government is at least trying to get with the program and seeking some alternative energy solutions. Quite frankly it seems to me that it is only as ordinary citizens and home owners take some initiatives that governments will be shamed into doing more. Industry is becoming more aware of these issues, yet the demand to increase profit margins means many are only giving lip service to adopting cleaner, greener more energy efficient practices.
Together we must make a stand by doing what we can, starting in small ways such as investing in solar panels, purchasing more energy efficient appliances and adopting better usage practices. Only then will we have the credibility to influence governments and industry.