NEW REPORT: Victoria Crowned Renewable Rising Star
VICTORIA HAS BEEN CROWNED Australia’s rising renewables star, but must continue to do more, particularly in the wake of Federal Government inaction on climate change.
The Climate Council’s new report is called “State of Play: Renewable Energy Leaders and Losers”. It is the fifth annual report card which examines how the states and territories are tracking with making the transition to renewables.
“Victoria now has the most substantial capacity of large-scale wind and solar projects in the pipeline of any state or territory. It is on its way up the renewable ranks and is working hard to catch front-runners South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania,” said Climate Councillor and energy expert Greg Bourne.
“The faster Victoria can move away from old brown coal clunkers to reliable, affordable renewable energy the better. Since January, Victoria’s coal stations have failed at least 26 times,” said Climate Councillor and energy expert, Andrew Stock.
REPORT LAUNCH DETAILS
DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 2019
TIME: 10:30AM (AEDT)
LOCATION: MELBOURNE, Birrarung Marr Upper Terrace, right next to ArtPlay
TALENT: Climate Councillor and former president of BP Australasia, Greg Bourne; Climate Councillor and energy expert, Andrew Stock; and Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie
VISION: Victorian wind and solar drone vision.
Report Key Findings
South Australia now generates over half of its electricity from wind and solar and is aiming for net 100 percent renewable energy in the 2030s.
The ACT is on track to achieve 100 percent renewable energy on January 1, 2020. This is a remarkable achievement and makes the ACT just the 8th jurisdiction in the world with a population above 100,000 to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity.
Victoria and Queensland are making good progress on the transition to renewable energy, but will need to work hard to catch the frontrunners.
NSW and WA are the only states without a renewable energy target, while the Northern Territory ranks last or near the bottom on most other metrics.
“Victoria now has the opportunity to move its electricity system out of the dark ages. By making the switch to clean, reliable renewable energy, Victoria will substantially reduce its emissions,” said Mr Stock.
“Australia’s emissions have been rising for five years under the Federal Government, which is why leadership from states and territories is so crucial,” he said.
“The lack of effective national energy policy has undermined investor confidence in renewable energy. New renewable supply is the best way to get down electricity prices and emissions. Without a consistent and stable policy environment the Federal government is undermining the future pipeline of Australian projects,” said Mr Bourne.
“It is time for all states and territories to create their own forums for coordination and move on without the Federal Government,” he said.
“Climate change is hurting Australians and their calls for climate action are growing louder. We have a terrible trifecta of bushfires, heatwaves and drought and they are all being made worse by climate change,” said Mr Bourne.
**Link to renewable images and report infographics HERE**
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