Renewable energy accounted for just under 15% of all electricity generated in Australia in 2015, says CEC, boosted by low-cost wind and solar.
Tasmania returns to 100% renewable electricity as dam levels recover, and prices plunge as it switches off expensive gas and diesel.
Hydro Tasmania’s world-leading hybrid solar, wind and energy storage plant on King Island supplied 100 per cent renewables to the community for nearly two days straight, this month.
Wind energy on Australia’s National Electricity Market achieved a new record in July, generating 1,067GWh for the month.
Pumped storage turbine design with a storage tank on the ocean floor offers efficiency comparable to conventional onshore systems.
The latest Cedex report finds the total amount of electricity supplied by Australia’s coal-fired generators at its lowest level in the history of the NEM. But while the report links the introduction of the carbon price to falling emissions and rising renewables output, the reduced demand for coal looks more like the new normal.