Tasmania sets 200% renewables goal

Wind turbines in Tasmania. Author: Ian Cochrane. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

March 9 (Renewables Now) - Tasmania, the island state off Australia’s southern coast, last week adopted a 200% renewables target and unveiled ambitious goals for green hydrogen production.

In his inaugural address to the Parliament, state premier Peter Gutwein said that the state is on track to meet its goal to source 100% of its power from renewables by 2022 and is well-placed to double this by 2040. He also outlined plans for producing renewables hydrogen for domestic use by 2022-2024 and for export by 2025-2027, which the government will back with an AUD-50-million (USD 32.7m/EUR 28.6m) package of support measures over 10 years, aiming to “bolster and fast track” that industry.

“Tasmania’s low-cost and reliable renewable energy means that Tasmania is 10-15% more competitive than our mainland counterparts when it comes to attracting investment in green hydrogen,” the premier said.

In line with its new goals and a plan to be the “renewable energy powerhouse of Australia,” the Aussie state will in April release a new Renewable Energy Action Plan. The state has also committed to helping mainland Australia reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by exporting more renewable energy.

Tasmania has already adopted a goal for net-zero emissions by 2050 and it may soon announce a plan for achieving that earlier.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.655/EUR 0.571)

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