State of play: renewable energy leaders and losers

Energy Renewable energy Energy resources Australia

Every year, the Climate Council tracks the relative progress of Australian states and territories based on their performance across a range of renewable energy metrics: share of electricity from renewable energy; proportion of households with rooftop solar; large-scale wind and solar capacity per capita; and targets or policies in place to support the transition. They outline the progress made by each state and territory government over the last twelve months in the race to a renewable future. This report is the Climate Council’s fifth scorecard evaluating state and territory progress on renewable energy. This report follows on from previous state and territory renewable energy updates in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

This report finds that the Morrison Government is not only failing to lead on the transition to renewable energy, it is obstructing the rollout of renewable energy at a state and territory level.

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.
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