Critical point: securing the raw materials needed for the UK's green transition
This document argues that by cutting energy demand, improving efficiency and keeping raw materials in use for longer, the United Kingdom can stay within its global fair share of resources.
Clean energy Australia report 2021
The Australian renewable energy industry powered on in 2021, generating more clean energy than ever before and adding a record amount of new capacity.
Power to the people: proposals to increase the rollout of community batteries
In our efforts to combat climate change, a major challenge remains - how best to store excess electricity generated by rooftop solar for use when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing? This report explores the option of developing community batteries as a...
Australian electricity options
In this series of publications, the authors provide short overviews of five main sources of electricity, and one of the main storage options. Each paper briefly explains the relevant technologies and international trends, and some of the opportunities and constraints that apply to their use...
Clean energy Australia report 2020
This report covers the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market across Australia. It is the only analysis that includes the National Electricity Market, the Western Australian electricity grid and other major regional grids across the country in areas such as the...
Wind generation stack update
This report includes an updated wind generation stack, an assessment of the potential for offshore wind in New Zealand, and the potential trend of technology costs.
The health of the National Electricity Market 2019
This annual report is an assessment of how the National Electricity Market (NEM) is functioning and where improvement is required. This report outlines how the transformation of the NEM has progressed at a remarkable pace and scale. Utility scale wind and solar PV continued its...
Putting the ‘justice’ in ‘just transition’: tackling inequality in the new renewable economy focuses
In this report, unions from the maritime, energy and manufacturing sectors outline a series of steps to not only encourage the use of offshore wind to reduce carbon emissions, but take advantage of the emerging industry to diversify the job opportunities for workers and communities...
The coal cost crossover: economic viability of existing coal compared to new local wind and solar resources
America has entered the “coal cost crossover” where existing coal is more expensive than cleaner alternatives. This report shows that today, local wind and solar could replace 74 percent of the U.S. coal fleet at an immediate savings to customers. By 2025, this number grows...
Results of IEA Wind TCP workshop on a Grand Vision for Wind Energy technology
The energy sector is undergoing a paradigm shift. By 2050, many predictions identify a future electric grid system in which renewables make up a significant share (30% or more) of overall electricity generation. In the fall of 2017, wind energy experts from around the world...
Recommended practises for wind and PV integration studies
This Expert Group Report provides recommendations on how to perform studies of wind and solar PV integration. It is based on more than 10 years of work within the International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Wind TCP) Task 25: Design and Operation of...
Powering progress: states renewable energy race
The renewable energy boom is accelerating in Australia, and across the world. In the absence of any meaningful Commonwealth government leadership, state and territory governments are leading Australia’s electricity transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and storage.
Review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner: final report
The Climate Change Authority has released this report on its review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner. At the time the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established, the federal government said it would review the role in 2018. This review responds to that undertaking.
Enhancing positive social outcomes from wind farm development
This report aims to provide a ‘snapshot’ of current community engagement and benefit sharing practices in Australian wind farms. It provides an evidence base and recommendations for improving social outcomes from wind development for communities, regulators and developers.
People power: how Tasmania can fast-track community energy
This report provides an introduction to community-owned renewable energy. It includes Australian and international examples to show that this is a growing and important sector.
2017 Residential electricity price trends: final report
The AEMC predicts national residential electricity prices will fall on average over the next two years from mid 2018, as more variable wind and solar generation comes online - offsetting this year’s price increase.
Inquiry into community energy projects
This report outlines the benefits of community energy projects, how their uptake can be encouraged, whether they can be expanded beyond solar and wind power and how challenges specific to metropolitan projects can be overcome.
National Energy Emissions Audit – electricity update August 2017
This issue of the NEEA electricity update focuses on the network costs component of retail prices, with a look back at how and why this has increased over the past ten years.
Renewable energy and jobs: annual review 2017
This report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year.
Our energy plan
The national energy market is failing South Australia and the nation. Our country, with its abundance of solar, wind and gas resources, is now facing an energy crisis. We also have a system that puts profits before people. While coal-fired power stations across Australia are...
Getting wind and sun onto the grid: a manual for policy makers
The report identifies four phases of variable renewable energy (VRE) integration, each with certain characteristics and operational priorities.
Wind energy guideline for state significant wind energy development
The Wind Energy Guideline (the Guideline) provides the community, industry and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment of large-scale wind energy development proposals that are State significant development (SSD). This Guideline identifies the key planning considerations relevant to wind energy development...
Risk of private investment in renewables going elsewhere if 'blame game' ensues
While the federal government says South Australia's reliance on renewable energy threatens the stability of its power supply, energy experts say the state's power outage was most likely caused by a transmission fault due to storm damage. One thing both sides seem to agree on...
Kangaroo Island’s choice: a new cable to the mainland, or renewable power
South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island, the site of Australia’s first free settled colony, could pioneer a new age of renewable energy, according to our new research. The first hardy settlers in 1836 had to decide whether to go it alone with a settlement on the...
Community renewable energy projects: PiLoR and planning issues discussion paper
The past decade has seen the energy industry, and particularly electricity generation, transformed. As households install solar panels and communities develop renewable energy projects, electricity generation is rapidly becoming localised. Community renewable energy projects are an important and increasing part of this transformation. Australia’s first...