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The Australian July 25, 2012 12:00AM

The new head of the Clean Energy Council David Green said "big savings" were possible and Australians should not be scared off by the pink batts debacle from pursuing energy efficiency.

Mr Green, who has arrived in Australia from Britain, will use the industry's national conference today to urge the federal government not to make wholesale changes to the renewable energy target, arguing that the experience in Britain, where the government had constantly tinkered with the scheme, was to undermine investment certainty.

Opening Clean Energy Week, the industry's major national conference, Mr Green will argue that the carbon pricing scheme "is a means to an end -- not, as some would have us believe, an end in itself. Any traded market has the capacity to be volatile and that's why, to achieve investment grade policy, we need measures such as the (RET) and decisive action on energy efficiency."

Research released yesterday by the Climate Institute shows Australians overwhelmingly support renewable energies, with solar, wind and hydro-electric power the most preferred and coal and biomass the least. But despite a multi-million-dollar government advertising campaign, the research found the general public was confused and unclear about the details of the government's carbon tax package.

John Scales, managing director of JWS Research, who performed the qualitative elements of the study, said the public was deeply sceptical and viewed the carbon scheme as something the government was forced into when they formed a minority government with Greens support.

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