ACT leads nation in renewable energy and storage

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The Climate Council has called the ACT the renewable capital of Australia, in its report Territory Trailblazer: How the ACT became the renewable capital of Australia.

The ACT is the only state or territory to have a 100 per cent renewable energy target by 2020.

ACT Minister for Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell was pleased the ACT had earned the distinction.

“Canberrans should be proud to be leading the country – and in many cases, the world – in such critical initiatives to tackle climate change,” Mr Corbell said.

“The report also states ACT households pay the lowest electricity prices in the nation and are projected to remain low when we reach 100 per cent renewable energy.”

South Australia came in second with a renewables target of 50 per cent by 2025, Queensland came third with a 50 per cent target by 2030 and Victoria came in fourth with a 40 per cent target by 2025.

The report also found the ACT led the country in battery storage by supporting the installation of 36MW of energy storage across more than 5000 households and businesses by 2020.

A copy of the report is available from the Climate Council.

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