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The large scale renewable energy market in Australia appears to have taken off again, finally bringing to an end the three year investment drought that was the main legacy to the industry of the Abbott government. But the industry has state governments to thank, not the feds.
Wind turbines got Canberra in a spin last week, with hearings underway from the senate inquiry into wind turbines . Its interim report contained seven recommendations to increase regulation around the wind industry.
Australia is expected to spend $55 billion on new electricity generation over the next decade and a half, two thirds of it in the form of solar technology, and nearly half in rooftop solar PV, predicts Giles Parkinson.
Support for Australia’s 20 per cent renewable energy target is supposed to be bipartisan – at least that is what the Coalition government led by Tony Abbott would have us believe.
The NSW government has been urged to drop its 'irrational antagonism to wind energy generation' following the call this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.