You may know that Australia is an energy superpower, the world’s largest exporter of coal and third largest exporter of LNG (by value) in 2014. For example, Australia supplies around one third of TaiPower’s coal to help keep the lights on and transport running in Taiwan.
You may not know, however, that Australia is also a green energy super power.
In 2015, Australia set a national renewable energy target of 33,000GWh by 2020.
Some Australian states have more ambitious targets such as Tasmania which is already able to meet 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy (except during prolonged droughts). Also, the Australian Capital Territory aims to achieve 60 per cent by 2017 and 100 per cent by 2020 through power-purchase agreements from large scale solar- and wind‑power projects. Further, Queensland is aiming to install solar panels on one million rooftops by 2020 and achieve a target of 50 per cent by 2030.
Moreover, Australian scientists are renowned for their work on renewable energy, particularly solar power and using non-food sources for biofuels.
Over the coming months, we hope to bring you a range of stories on the challenges and breakthroughs being achieved by Australian governments, industry and scientists.