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Australia’s main electricity grid is predicted to surpass 50 per cent renewables by 2025, and will surge to 69 per cent renewables by 2030, updated projections published by the Morrison government say.

The staggering forecast, produced by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, as part of an update to Australia’s emissions projections, show wind and solar emerging as Australia’s dominant sources of electricity within the next few years

On a state by state basis, by 2030, New South Wales is forecast to reach 84 per cent renewables – a dramatic transformation given that it is currently the state most dependent on coal. Victoria is predicted to reach 61 per cent, and Queensland’s to reach 43 per cent, short of the state’s 50 per cent target.

South Australia will source almost all of its electricity – 96 per cent – from renewables, while in 2030 Tasmania will continue to be 100 per cent renewably powered.

Western Australia, which operates on its own grid, is also expected to reach 45 per cent renewables in 2030.

[Michael Mazengarb]

More: Renewables to supply 69 pct of Australia’s main grid by 2030, government projections show

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