States outpacing feds, finds report


New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are lagging behind the rest of the nation in development and rollout of renewable energy, a new report by the Climate Council has found.

Tasmania, long the nation’s top performer in renewable usage, has continued to lead the nation, generating more than 85% of its base load through clean energy sources. The ACT and South Australia also posted impressive gains in the renewable sector, both generating more than 40% of their power through renewable means.

Recent state policy announcements by the Queensland and Victorian government have seen the two states make quick inroads into building renewable baseload power generation, with the two states accounting for 11,000 MWh under construction.

Key report findings include:

  • Tasmania, SA and the ACT have won the 2018 renewable energy race, while WA, NT and NSW are lagging at the back of the pack.

  • Tasmania, SA and the ACT have the highest proportion of renewable energy generation.

  • Queensland and Victoria have the highest number of renewable energy projects under construction creating more than 3,000 jobs in both states.

  • With the exception of Western Australia, all states and territories have committed to renewable energy targets and/or net zero emissions targets.

  • Queensland and South Australia have the highest proportion of households with rooftop solar, at 32.9% and 32.3% respectively. Western Australia is in third place with 26.7%.

  • In 2017 more solar PV capacity was added around the world than coal, gas and nuclear combined.

  • Approximately 17 countries generated more than 90% of their electricity with renewable energy in 2017. Australia was not one of them despite its huge potential.

“Australia desperately needs an electricity system fit for this century, not last, to ensure our power supply is clean, affordable and reliable. We must drastically cut electricity emissions to tackle intensifying climate change. Renewable power plus storage is the answer and states and territories are taking the lead,” said Climate Councillor and energy veteran, Professor Andrew Stock.

The full report can be found here

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