The Clean Energy Council today released its Power Playbook, a strategic package of 45 recommendations to the Federal Government designed to ensure Australia gets back on track for 82 per cent renewables by 2030 and achieves its ambition of becoming a renewable energy superpower.
The submission, titled Power Playbook – Accelerating Australia’s Clean Energy Transformation is a fully integrated plan for seizing our global opportunities in renewable energy.
The submission sets out a structure for the creation of a formalised national masterplan and details a raft of recommendations, designed to work together, that include:
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said that Australia had a historic opportunity to leverage its abundant natural resources to maintain a competitive edge relative to other nations.
“In a blizzard of ideas, our renewable energy future needs a single cohesive strategy for us to progress as a nation, our playbook helps Australia chart that course,” Mr Thornton said.
“The decisions we make now will impact future generations; we can’t leave our energy future to chance.
"Our goal with the Power Playbook is to spark serious discussion and focus our national efforts on establishing a masterplan to direct our collective resources and deliver on our aspirations.”
The submission calls on the Commonwealth to establish a Renewable Energy Superpower Masterplan – a strategy to outline Australia’s vision as a producer and exporter of clean energy and value-added products, identify priority markets for clean energy exports, and guide public and private investment.
Clean Energy Council Policy Director for Decarbonisation, Anna Freeman, said Australia is in a global race and needed to stake its claim.
“We need to signal as quickly as possible that Australia intends to be a leader in clean energy and green commodities markets. If we don’t, we’ll find ourselves at the back of the queue for capital, technology and skilled workers,” Ms Freeman said.
“Low-cost renewable energy is the foundation of a competitive Australia fit for the race to net zero.
“Australia needs to see a substantial increase in annual financial commitments in the order of 6 to 7 GW of new large-scale renewable projects from 2024, and the installation of approximately 3.5 GW of rooftop solar per year through to 2030, in order to achieve the Government’s target of 82 per cent by 2030. We will then need to keep powering ahead in renewable energy deployment if we are to realise our ambition to be a renewable energy superpower.”
The submission has also recommended that the Government prioritise investment in green hydrogen and minerals processing market opportunities over the next decade.
“Australia may not have the financial firepower of the United States to throw resources at all the opportunities before us, but we can make the choice to invest strongly in priority markets that align with our comparative advantages. However, each and every opportunity depends on access to low-cost, renewable energy, and that has to be our number one priority,” Mr Thornton said.
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