Australia’s Renewables Race: Who’s Leading the Charge?

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.

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KEY FINDINGS:

  • 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.

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