New record for clean energy in Australia

A record 13.14 per cent of Australia’s electricity was supplied by renewable energy in 2012, according to new figures released today by the Clean Energy Council.

Clean Energy Council chief executive, David Green, said the 2012 Clean Energy Australia Report showed energy efficiency and renewables were having an increasing influence on our power supply.

“The clean energy industry contributed $4.2 billion in investment and approximately 24,300 jobs to the Australian economy in 2012,” Mr Green said.

“The cost of fossil fuels such as gas has been going up, while clean energy has been getting cheaper – fast.

“Earlier this year the millionth solar power system was installed, while last year was a record one for Australia’s wind power businesses, with the country’s 62 wind farms powering the equivalent of more than one million homes for the first time. These milestones clearly show the progress towards cleaner sources of power.”

Clean Energy Council chair and AGL chief executive, Michael Fraser, said there were still challenges ahead, but the clean energy industry was showing significant progress.  

“The review of the Renewable Energy Target last year reinforced the bipartisan commitment to the policy by all major parties, and in its current form it is estimated that it will generate another $18.7 billion in investment,” Mr Fraser said.

“We recognise that there are many challenges we will need to meet in the decades to come. But this is a rapidly maturing industry filled with innovative thinkers who are constantly looking for ways to overcome these challenges and do things better.”  

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