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New South Wales way behind on renewable energy

poster-renewables-rallyNSW ‘at bottom of pack’ for renewable energy; Government says it’s committed to clean projects, ABC News By state political reporter Brigid Glanville. 30 Aug 15,  It may be known as the premier state, but New South Wales is a clear under-achiever when it comes to renewable energy.

NSW has the highest level of greenhouse gas emissions in the country and does not have a renewable energy target.

In 2014 the renewable industry body, Clean Energy Council, listed New South Wales at the bottom of the states for renewable energy production. Only 6 per cent of its electricity is from wind, solar and water — compared with Tasmania, which uses 95 per cent renewables. “New South Wales is at the bottom of the pack of the Australian states when it comes to renewable energy,” Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said.

“It’s behind the pack in terms of generating renewable energy and the amount of rooftop solar on people’s roofs.”

New South Wales and the two territories remain the only jurisdictions where Solar PV panel penetration is under 10 per cent.

In South Australia, take up is almost 25 per cent.

Clean energy penetration by state

  • Tasmania 95%
  • South Australia 40%
  • Western Australia 13%
  • Victoria 10%
  • Queensland 7%
  • NSW 6%

Source: Clean Energy Council, Clean Energy Australia Report 2014

New South Wales used to be ahead of the pack when it came to renewable energy.

In 2003, the state led the world by introducing the first mandatory greenhouse gas trading scheme — the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme.

After operating for nearly a decade, the trading scheme was closed in 2012 when the national Carbon Pricing Mechanism commenced operation.

NSW now does not have a renewable energy target, and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts does not think it is necessary……..

The New South Wales Greens argue that industry is moving into renewable energy at a much faster rate than the State Government. “In wind alone there are over $10 billion worth of investment projects ready to go,” Greens MP Jamie Parker said.

“But the Government is holding that investment back by having guidelines, particularly around wind farms that are working against installing wind farms in NSW.”

August 30, 2015 - Posted by | energy, New South Wales

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