BRIEF – 17 August 2009 – The Sydney Morning Herald’s Paddy Manning lifted the lid on the so-called Clean Energy Council Council in Saturday’s edition of his newspaper with a tale of the dirty energy behind the people who run the council and complete with tales of legal battles with The Fifth Estate’s regular contributor Peter Szental, and a stream of failures to deal with energy efficiency.

A former chairman was Richard McIndoe, chief executive of TRUenergy, which owns a brown coal-fired power station in Victoria. Chief executive is Matthew Warren, a former environment writer for The Australian, previously worked for the NSW Minerals Council. Members are AGL, Origin Energy, TRUenergy, International Power (owner of Hazelwood), Delta Generation and Macquarie Generation, reports Manning.  A new board member is  former the Babcock & Brown Power chief executive Paul Simshauser, “an advocate for increased compensation for coal-fired power generators.”
Greens senator Christine Milne says the council is “completely ineffective” as an advocate for renewable energy.
“They haven’t even advocated for a higher [emissions reduction] target,” Manning reports.
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