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Renewable energy



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Digital energy futures: foresights for future living

This report reveals new foresights for energy management in Australian households, including keenness to switch to electric vehicles, the need for better battery charging infrastructure, and sharing renewable energy.
Working paper

Trends, investor types and drivers of renewable energy FDI

Recently, foreign direct investment (FDI) in renewable energy has been on a rising trend, while FDI activity in fossil fuels has started showing some signs of a possible slowdown. Although the changing geopolitical context might have implications for the development of these trends, the findings...
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Climate of the nation 2022

The Australia Institute’s annual 'Climate of the nation' report provides a comprehensive account of changing Australian beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions. For the first time, this year's report includes a chapter on Australians’ views on transport solutions, including...
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Farm powered: opportunities for regional communities in the renewable energy boom

Australia’s public and private sectors are making much-needed investments, as the nation shifts from an energy system powered by coal, oil and gas to one powered by renewables and storage. This report calls on the Albanese Government to support solutions that benefit regional farming communities...
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Australia's clean engine room: central Queensland's industrial future

Few places have more to lose from the impacts of climate change than central Queensland. At the same time, perhaps nowhere else has greater natural advantages in clean energy and is better placed to prosper as the world moves beyond fossil fuels. The authors of...
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Power up: ten climate gamechangers

Australia is already suffering significant losses from climate change. The authors of this report argue that accelerating the nation's energy transition will increase energy security and affordability, boost productivity, and ensure we get on a trajectory of steep emissions reductions.
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Queensland's renewable future: investment, jobs and skills

The purpose of this report is to engage deeply with one fundamental question - what will be required of Queensland’s construction workforce from now to 2050 to deliver the renewable energy boom?
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First mover movement: making the most of Australia’s hydrogen opportunity

Australia is in the midst of a remarkable energy transition. With the election of the Albanese Government, Australia is now targeting net-zero emissions by 2050. This report argues that such a transformation creates profound opportunities for Australia – a country that has always enjoyed advantages...
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Breaking new ground

The emerging clean energy economy offers a window of opportunity for Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The authors of this report argue that capturing this potential requires a targeted and proactive policy approach that leverages the region’s entrenched advantages and lays the bedrock for sustained prosperity.
Position paper

Powering Canberra: our pathway to electrification

The ACT is preparing to electrify Canberra and transition away from the use of fossil-fuel gas by 2045. This position paper focuses on the government's work to transition the Territory away from gas use, to help reach a target of net zero emissions by 2045.
Strategy

Queensland climate action plan: laying the foundation for a successful climate transformation

Queensland’s current policies cover many of the critical elements of a climate strategy, such as renewable energy and transport. While efforts have accelerated since 2017, the research in this document suggests that progress could be faster.
Briefing paper

Energy research translation

While net-zero emissions by 2050 is the destination for Australia’s emissions, the critical questions are how will we get there and at what rate. This is currently unclear. The Australian Energy Transition Research Plan’s first report was released in June 2021 and emphasises that the...
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Re-energising Indo-Pacific relations: Australia's clean energy opportunity

This report outlines concrete recommendations on how Australia can lead a transformative energy revolution in the Indo-Pacific region ahead of the Sydney Energy Forum 12–13 July 2022 in Sydney, co-hosted by the Australian Government and the International Energy Agency.
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Unleashing solar and wind in ASEAN

This report analyses the latest electricity data in five major ASEAN countries. Furthermore, it aims to link the progress of clean energy development and the future renewable energy target to the IEA Net Zero pathway.
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2022 Integrated System Plan for the National Electricity Market

This report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) shows that Australia’s transition to net zero by 2050 is accelerating faster than expected, with the impacts of coal-closures brought forward and renewables becoming cheaper. The report also outlines further planned investments in wind and solar...
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Renewables and rural Australia

This report presents social research findings from communities that will host Australia’s new electricity infrastructure as a result of the Renewable Energy Zones policy.
Report

Snowy 2.0 governance of early implementation

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of Snowy Hydro Limited’s governance arrangements for early implementation of Snowy 2.0, the expansion to the Snowy Hydro Scheme.
Working paper

Renewable energy development and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth): the fairness of validating future Acts associated with renewable energy projects

The authors of this paper argue that the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth) should be amended to place less weight on economic and similar considerations when authorising the compulsory acquisition of native title for renewable energy development, or prohibit the compulsory acquisition of native title...
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Report of the Inquiry into renewable energy in Victoria

This report has been released to provide the Victorian context for the renewable energy transition, and to canvas some of the issues that have been raised during the inquiry. The report lists 24 findings and 32 recommendations for Commonwealth and Victorian Government agencies who play...
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Regional insights into low-carbon hydrogen scale up

This paper argues that by 2040, low-carbon hydrogen could play a significant role in energy systems and energy transitions across the world. In the context of energy transition, it serves to support countries’ efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, whilst contributing to the diversity...