Power schools, hospitals, government offices, public and social housing, remote Indigenous communities, sporting clubs, halls and libraries with affordable, clean energy by 2025, and replace coal and gas-burning power stations with renewable energy and storage by 2030.
The ACT set and achieved its 100% renewable energy by 2020 target in five years using ‘reverse auctions’ for wind and solar power. The ACT has delivered 3MtCO2e in greenhouse gas pollution cuts, delivered record low wind and solar prices, created price transparency and more than 1,000 jobs.
Victoria and Queensland have both adopted the ACT’s renewable energy reverse auction approach.
In the Northern Territory (NT), the territory government has adopted a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030. With many remote communities relying on expensive, polluting diesel generators for power, the NT Government through the Power and Water Corporation has partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to bring solar to remote communities. The cost of power from renewable energy and battery storage systems are significantly lower than diesel generation.⁶