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Tracking towards 2020: encouraging renewable energy in Australia

03 May 2017

​Tracking towards 2020: encouraging renewable energy in Australia

The Clean Energy Regulator today released Tracking towards 2020: encouraging renewable energy in Australia​. The ​2016 Renewable Energy Target administrative report provides an overview of the operations of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 in 2016. 

The report also includes the annual statement on progress toward the 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, which finds the target is still achievable provided the momentum in investment observed towards the end of 2016 continues in 2017.  

Highlights from the 2016 report include:

  • The total capacity of new large-scale renewable energy power stations accredited was 494 megawatts compared with 300 megawatts in 2015.
  • 19.7 million large-scale generation certificates and 16.7 million small-scale technology certificates were surrendered to meet obligations.
  • 182 173 small-scale systems were installed by households and businesses.
  • There are now more than 2.6 million small-scale systems in Australia.
  • Small-scale systems can now generate or displace a total of 10 million megawatt hours of electricity.​

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