Australia’s renewable energy sector is underpinned by the Renewable Energy Target (RET), a policy designed to ensure that at least 33,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.

In 2015, 15,200 gigawatt-hours of electricity were produced under the RET, meaning the industry was just under halfway toward achieving the legislated target. Overall in 2015, renewable energy produced 14.6 per cent of Australia’s total electricity generation, compared with 85.4 per cent from fossil fuels.

In 2016, the Clean Energy Council released Power Shift; a blueprint to transition Australia to a 21st century energy system.

Power Shift outlined a five point plan to achieve this transition:

  • Set long-term and transparent carbon reduction targets
  • Set strong and long-term renewable energy targets
  • Innovation that delivers the next generation of clean energy solutions
  • Smart regulation for a 21st century energy system
  • Cement public support

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