15 Feb '18, 1pm

Australian renewable energy potential 'untapped'

But Australia’s National Energy Market (NEM) needs to prioritise safeguarding system stability and enhance grid infrastructure to accommodate higher shares of variable renewables, the agency recommended. Energy procurement policies, too, have "lacked co-ordination", the IEA stated. Wind and solar power have both grown "rapidly" in recent years, the IEA stated in its report ‘Energy policies of IEA countries — Australia 2018 review’ . Wind power’s installed capacity in Australia has grown from 2.13GW in 2011 to 4.23GW in 2015, while solar power has increased from 1.4GW to 4.36GW over the same period. Coal’s capacity, meanwhile, has declined as plants have been taken offline. But wind and solar still represent less than 1% of Australia’s total primary energy supply (TPES) each — 0.8% and 0.7% respectively, the IEA stated. Accordingly, wind and solar power’s potential "remains...

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