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ESAA welcomes Gray into energy portfolio

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The energy industry has welcomed the appointment of Gary Gray as the new federal minister for energy and resources.

Energy Supply Association of Australia ESAA chief executive Matthew Warren explained that the industry is optimistic about the road ahead, saying that the sector will be working with the minister to develop the country's energy policy, while implementing reforms under the Energy White Paper.

Mr Warren said that it is a difficult time for the energy industry in Australia, with generation, distribution and energy use evolving as a result of climate change, new technologies, and a move towards a low-carbon economy.

"As the new federal energy minister, Gary Gray can continue the federal government's agenda on reforms commenced at the end of the 20th century to deliver competitive and efficient energy markets around the country," Mr Warren stated.

Further reform to the energy sector is important, the ESAA boss continued, as it is important that prices remain modest and export opportunities are taken advantage of, so Australia remains competitive on the international stage.

Reforms under the white paper are important, Mr Warren concluded, as energy supplies have to be shored up and electricity prices need to be kept down.

Posted by Charlie Moore