The Energy Policy Institute of Australia (EPIA) is Australia's only apolitical, not-for-profit, energy policy body. EPIA provides a mechanism by which all stakeholders in Australian energy may collaborate on risks and concerns impacting on energy finance, production, supply and export, where those risks may not have been fully addressed by existing industry organisations. The Institute acknowledges all environmental concerns as well as the paramount interest of the public in having access to reliable, affordable, and clean energy.
Helixos works with EPIA on editing public policy papers to promote progressive, technology-inclusive energy policy in Australia. Helixos supports a transition to clean energy in Australia that is affordable and reliable for all electricity consumers and fair to all communities impacted by change. A key paper that we reviewed and advised on was regarding the ability of small modular reactors (SMRs) to support a 'just transition' for coal communities in Australia. By repurposing existing coal infrastructure and transmission lines, SMRs can directly repower aging coal plants. Furthermore, most coal plant jobs are directly transferrable to jobs at an SMR plant, therefore keeping jobs and economic development in a community.
Helixos' work with EPIA on clean energy policy in Australia supports the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
More specifically, the following targets: specifically, the following targets:
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.
13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.