November 27, 2013
By: Emma Fitzpatrick /RenewEconomy
Tasmania aims for 100% renewables by 2020
Tessellated pavement, a rare rock formation on the Tasman Peninsula | Photo by JJ Harrison
The Tasmanian Government has charged ahead of mainland Australia by launching a new climate action plan that will commit the state to 100 per cent renewables by 2020 and a 35 per cent reduction in emissions.
Mainland Australia is now almost exclusively controlled by federal and state local governments who are opposed to climate change policies and are seeking to slow the investment of renewables. The only two exceptions are the Labor government in the ACT, which has a 90 per cent renewables target by 2020, and the Labor government in South Australia, which is heading to more than 50 per cent renewables by the same time.
Both are now being out-bid by the Labor-Green Coalition in Tasmania which aims to lift its hydro-rich state from an average 87 per cent renewables penetration to 100 per cent – mostly by removing the need to import coal-fired power from Victoria.