Australia’s states and territories are driving the uptake of renewable energy and are filling a policy vaccum left by Commonwealth inaction, according to the Climate Council.
The Climate Council report says that despite being chastised by Canberra, South Australia is setting the pace on renewable energy with the ACT and Tasmania not far behind.
SA currently sources 47 percent of its power from renewables, followed by the ACT with 22 percent. Tasmania sources 92 percent from renewables but has long been dominated by large scale hydro installed in the latter part of last century.
Among other states, the percentage of renewables is 17 percent in NSW, 12 percent in Victoria, with 7 percent in both WA and Queensland.
Victoria is the only state which has said it will legislate a Renewable Energy Target, of 40 percent by 2025, but other states say this is not necessary to fulfil their commitments.
“Every state and territory, with the exception of Western Australia, is taking energy and climate policy into their own hands, with strong renewable energy targets or net zero emissions targets in place,” said Climate Council councillor Andrew Stock.
In related news, the Queensland Government this week said over 200 businesses had registered their interest in the state’s Renewables 400 program, the 400MW large scale reverse energy auction.
South Australia, meanwhile, called for proposals for its $150 million renewable technologies fund.