The Clean Energy Council (CEC) prepares and commissions reports to support its policy positions and improve consumer, industry and government agency understanding of renewable technologies in Australia.
The Clean Energy Council's flagship publication is the Clean Energy Australia Report.
Each year, the report provides a snapshot of the Australian renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors through key statistics and analysis.
Following is a list of the Clean Energy Council reports released since January 2012.
South Australian battery revolution
Smart use of household battery storage systems will play a key role in the next wave of energy reform. The Clean Energy Council has prepared eight key recommendations for the upcoming South Australian elections to ensure the state continues to embrace battery storage technology.
New energy opportunities for Queensland
The Clean Energy Council has prepared recommendations for the upcoming Queensland elections across three key areas, which will make a significant positive impact for Queensland in securing its energy supply, and continuing to grow jobs and investment in renewable energy and energy storage.
National Energy Guarantee (NEG) Position Paper
The Clean Energy Council is disappointed with the move away from the Clean Energy Target, but we remain open minded about the NEG. However, with scant detail released so far, it remains unclear how the NEG could be designed to ensure investor confidence in a strong pipeline of new clean energy projects. This position paper outlines a range of design issues with the scheme.
The need for a Clean Energy Target beyond 2020
Australia's electricity system is changing more than ever before. The age of our generation fleet and need to reduce emissions means that investment certainty is needed to keep building new clean energy generation and ensure energy security for the coming decades.
Advice to COAG Energy Council on the Finkel Review
The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has provided the COAG Energy Council with a briefing paper ahead of the June meeting. The CEC urges the COAG Energy Council to ensure a measured and coordinated response to the Chief Scientists’ recommendations that ensures Australia’s energy transition is managed more effectively.
Clean Energy Australia Report 2016
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2016 is a comprehensive overview of Australia's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and includes key figures and statistics on the energy market from the past year.
Charging forward: Policy and regulatory reforms to unlock the potential of energy storage in Australia
This paper outlines a package of targeted reforms to support the increased roll out of energy storage projects at residential, commercial and grid scales.
Arresting frequency changes in a modern electricity system
This paper investigates the issue of inertia, how it works with the power grid and how renewables and storage can help using currently available technology.
Advice ahead of December COAG Energy Council meeting
The Clean Energy Council has provided the COAG Energy Council with a briefing paper outlining the need for energy market reform and a set of priorities we believe will have the greatest impact.
Briefing Paper: Raising standards for rooftop solar PV systems
Safety and quality have been a constant focus of the Clean Energy Council since it was formed in 2007, and consequently the solar industry has developed a good reputation across both these areas. This paper explores some recent initiatives that continue to lift the bar across the sector.
Briefing Paper: South Australian Energy Crisis - An opportunity for leadership
The Clean Energy Council has provided the COAG Energy Council with a briefing paper outlining the importance of coherent collaboration and strategy in order to deliver long-term energy security and reliability.
The impact of defunding ARENA: plunging into the clean energy valley of death
Innovation will be stifled across the clean energy sector if the major political parties support legislation to slash future grant funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Recommendations for the reform of Australia's energy system
The Clean Energy Council has provided state and federal Energy Ministers with a briefing paper outlining priorities to help to deliver a 21st century electricity system.
The rise of renewables in South Australia - Current state of play
The first of two Clean Energy Council briefing papers providing an in-depth look at the South Australian electricity market, its current status and future challenges and solutions. This paper analyses the impact of increasing renewable energy on electricity prices and system reliability, finding that higher-than-average electricity prices have very limited correlation with increasing renewable energy contributions.
Progress and status of the Renewable Energy Target
This paper outlines the status of progress towards delivering on the 2020 target of 33,000 GWh of new large-scale renewable energy generation.
Clean Energy Australia Report 2015
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2015 is a comprehensive overview of Australia's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and includes key figures and statistics on the energy market from the past year.
Power Shift: A blueprint for a 21st century energy system
The Power Shift report is a comprehensive blueprint that details the policy levers necessary to supercharge the move to a 21st century energy system. Implementing the Power Shift 'five point plan' will drive the transition from a high emission power sector to an energy system powered by renewable energy, battery storage and efficient and smart technology. Visit the report page to read more and contact your local MP to encourage them to get on board with the Power Shift.
Solutions for the transition of the South Australian electricity system
To ensure the continued security and smooth operation of the South Australian electricity system, important reforms will be required such as greater interconnection between the different parts of the National Electricity Market. This briefing paper outlines a plan for a future energy system that is both low carbon and low cost.
Accelerating the update of battery storage
Battery storage represents an exciting opportunity for Australian energy markets, our abatement efforts and empowerment of Australian electricity consumers. Unlocking this opportunity can be accelerated by a collaborative partnership between the battery storage sector and governments throughout Australia.
Energy market reforms to facilitate new technologies
The Clean Energy Council (CEC) believes that a range of barriers currently distort the energy market and reinforce the advantage of incumbency. The result is frustration and delays of the efficient entry of new and innovative solutions that will empower consumers, deliver greater competition and lower energy sector emissions. The CEC has developed a number of priorities to overcome these barriers.
Clean Energy Australia Report 2014
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2014 is a comprehensive overview of Australia's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and includes key figures and statistics on the energy market from the past year.
Best practice regulation of the Australian solar industry
This paper outlines the current robust regime of safety and quality standards in the Australian solar industry.
Analysis of demand-side management opportunities
Produced by Entura as part of the Future-proofing in Australia's Electricity Distribution Industry project, this technical report informs distribution network service providers and other stakeholders of the demand-side management opportunities available to small to medium-sized enterprise customers, and explores how these options may be integrated into network investment planning.
Guide to improving electricity use in your business
Designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses, this guide discusses a range of 'demand-side management' solutions that businesses can use to save energy, and money.
Quick clean energy jobs for Victoria
The Victorian economy could receive a much-needed boost through the creation of hundreds of new jobs that could be created quickly and with no additional cost to consumers.
Guide to Installing Solar PV for Businesses in New South Wales
An updated version of our Guide to Installing Solar PV for Business and Industry designed specifically for businesses in NSW.
Briefing paper: The impact of the RET Review Panel's recommendations on retail power prices
How the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Review Panel's key recommendations would affect household power prices.
Briefing paper: Australia's power generation sector at the crossroads
Explores the issues associated with the current surplus of generation in the Australian energy market.
Briefing paper: The impact of cutting the Renewable Energy Target on state jobs and investment
Examines the damage to jobs and investment that will occur in each state if the RET is cut.
Briefing paper: The impact of reducing the Renewable Energy Target on investments
One of the RET Review panel's recommendations is to reduce the RET to a so-called 'real' 20 per cent target. This paper shows why reducing the RET is bad news for investment.
Briefing paper: Why the SRES should be retained
Looks at the many reasons we need to retain the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, which operates under the RET.
Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households
The Clean Energy Council has published a free guide to buying and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for your home. Packed full of handy hints and tips, the guide steps homeowners through the process of purchasing and installing rooftop solar panels.
Clean Energy Australia Report 2013
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2013 provides an overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia, including key facts and figures on the state of the industry.
Renewable Energy Target policy analysis
The Clean Energy Council commissioned ROAM Consulting to conduct an extensive analysis of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The resulting report shows that future power prices will be lower with the RET in place than they would be if it was removed. The modelling also shows that the RET will generate approximately 18,400 new jobs and a further $14.5 billion of investment by 2020 if maintained in its current form.
Centralised to de-centralised energy: What does it mean for Australia?
We are in the early stages of a transformation in the way we build, operate and finance our electricity infrastructure in Australia. We have traditionally operated on a model of centralised, state-owned power plants, but this is beginning to change - to the advantage of consumers.
Guide to Installing Solar PV for Business and Industry
By installing a PV system, you will be able to offset your electricity consumption and hedge against future price rises. Although systems may require a large up-front capital cost, payback periods are typically around 5 to 10 years. This guide details the key steps you will need to undertake to install solar PV at your business.
Building on the Employment Benefits of Clean Energy
The economic benefits of clean energy deployment are enjoyed by all Australians, but regions and local communities have the most to gain. This paper considers the nature of these employment opportunities and how Australia can maximise them in both development and deployment.
Clean Energy Australia Report 2012
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2012 contains a comprehensive overview of the Australian renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors from 2012, and key figures and statistics on the energy market.
Renewable Energy in Victoria Report 2012
The Renewable Energy in Victoria 2012 report provides an overview of Victoria's electricity generation from renewable energy sources in the 2012 calendar year. The report presents a detailed breakdown of renewable energy sources along with a comparison of generation to Victorian electricity consumption.
Embedded Generation Connection Guide
It is essential that embedded generator proponents have access to quality information on which to base their investments. A streamlined approach is needed to ensure that larger embedded generators have a clear understanding of the connection processes which they must adhere to. This guide has been produced through consultation with Australia's distribution businesses and takes accounts of the relevant rules and guidelines. It is intended to provide embedded generation proponents and developers a starting point for the connection process.
Benefit of the Renewable Energy Target to Australia's Energy Markets and Economy
This report from SKM MMA shows that Australia's 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target has delivered $18.5 billion in investment, with the potential for $18.7 billion more if the policy is retained in its current form. The report also demonstrates that the policy has delivered a reduction in fossil-fuelled power generation since its introduction in 2001, and if left unchanged will result in 12 per cent less coal-fired generation and 13 per cent less gas-fired generation between now and 2030.
Industry Response to Calls for Changes to the RET Based on Reduced Electricity Demand Projections
Some energy companies have been campaigning to have Australia's 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target reduced. The Clean Energy Council has prepared this paper to examine some of the central arguments and the implications for investment in renewable energy.
Analysis of Possible Modifications to the Queensland Solar Feed-in Tariff - Draft Report
This report, prepared by Intelligent Energy Systems (IES) for the Clean Energy Council (CEC), contains the findings of a review on the implications of various net feed-in tariff scenarios in Queensland and the impact on demand for photovoltaic (PV) systems and the local solar industry.
Wind Farm Investment, Employment and Carbon Abatement in Australia
This Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) study, commissioned by the Clean Energy Council, highlights the investment, employment and carbon abatement figures generated from wind energy in Australia. The report found that for every 50 megawatts of capacity (enough to power nearly 21,000 homes annually), the average wind farm creates up to 48 direct jobs during construction, and then employs around five ongoing permanent staff.
Wind Energy Community Polling Report
The Clean Energy Council has released some of the most comprehensive polling on wind energy conducted in the last five years. The poll shows very high support for wind power across the board and 75 per cent of those polled were from regional communities around wind farms.
Impact of Renewable Energy on Electricity Prices
The Clean Energy Council engaged ROAM Consulting to provide a quantitative estimate of future retail electricity prices, particularly identifying the proportion of a residential consumer's electricity bill that is likely to be due to renewable schemes such as the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET), Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and state-based feed-in tariffs (FiTs).
Realising the Potential of Concentrating Solar Power
The Australian Solar Institute (ASI) has released a report on the potential of concentrated solar power (CSP) in Australia. The work was conducted by consultancy IT Power and highlights the global opportunity of CSP and argues that Australia needs to act now to have a stake in the global supply chain. The report estimates that CSP can provide up to half of electricity generation in Australia by 2050 if given the right support. At present, there are numerous short-term barriers to the development of the technology and the study outlines these including the latest cost of the technologies.
Design Features of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
A new Deloitte study commissioned by the Clean Energy Council interviewed major banks, venture capital firms, superannuation funds and other investors to get their recommendations on the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The group identified the barriers and market failures that could be addressed by an institution such as the CEFC, which would be funded from carbon tax revenue collected from the nation's 500 biggest polluters.