1. Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040

    Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040

    Australia could wipe out 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions – all of those from fossil fuel energy – in two decades by doubling the pace at which solar and wind power is being rolled out, academic analysis suggests. Australia installed about 7 GW of renewable energy in 2020, continuing a trend in which new clean energy generation roughly equivalent to that produced by a large coal-fired plant is added each year. Under this calculation, the country would have a near 100% clean electricity grid – backed by stronger long-distance transmission, battery and pumped hydro storage and demand management programs.

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