States and territories are the driving force behind
Australia’s transition to clean, affordable and efficient renewable energy and
storage technology, our new report has found.
The ‘Renewables Ready: States Leading the Charge,’ report shows South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are all leading the renewables race, while the Federal Government remains stuck at the starting block.
- In the absence of national energy and climate policy, all states and territories (except Western Australia) now have strong renewable energy targets and/or net zero emissions targets in place.
- State and territory targets and announced coal closures are expected to deliver Australia's 2030 emissions reduction target of 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels.
- TAS, SA and the ACT continue to lead on percentage renewable electricity, and have the most renewable energy capacity per capita (excluding large-hydro).
- NSW and QLD are set for a dramatic increase in renewable energy with the greatest capacity and number (respectively) of projects under construction in 2017.
- Households in QLD, SA and WA continue to lead in the proportion of homes with rooftop solar.
- SA is building the world's largest lithium ion battery storage facility.