The Commonwealth of Australia, also known as the “Land Down Under” has a population of approximately 25.20 million people. In 2018, the utilities used coal (60.4%), natural gas (22.5%) and renewable energy (17.1%) to generate electricity in the country. The primary sources of renewable energy were hydropower, wind and solar.
Although Australia is still heavily dependent on coal for power, the country is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emission. The Australian government has established a renewable energy target (RET) of generating 20% of the country’s electricity from renewable energy by 2020.
Renewable energy company, Neoen has announced plans to build a hybrid wind and solar project in the state of South Australia. The Goyder South project will include wind turbines with 1,200 MW capacity, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with 600 MW capacity and lithium-ion battery storage of 900 MW capacity.
Renewable energy company, Westwind Energy has received the state of Victoria’s approval to build the Golden Plains Wind Farm. The wind farm is located approximately 35 miles northwest of the coastal town of Geelong. The Golden Plains Wind Farm will have a total capacity of over 1,100 MW and is scheduled to begin construction in 2021.
Australia is making a concerted effort to move from coal to renewable energy to generate electricity. However, Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of coal. Australia is also one of the few countries in the world where coal is the cheapest fuel to generate electricity. Moving from coal to renewable energy will create a financial burden on the citizens of the country.
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