The new electricity boom: renewable energy makes staggering leap but can it last?

Australia now has enough projects committed to meet the national 2020 renewable target

Thriving doesn’t quite cover it. New data released quietly late last week underscores the staggering pace of growth of renewable across Australia.

Nearly 3.5 gigawatts of large-scale clean projects were built in 2018. In capacity terms, this is more than twice the scale of Hazelwood, the giant Victorian brown coal plant that shut abruptly a couple of years ago, and it more than tripled the previous record for renewable installed in one year, set in 2017.

It’s really just the commonwealth that’s a brake on things

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