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Australia states pushing back against federal rejection of renewables

Renew Economy:

Two new reports have highlighted the critical role Australian states and territories continue to play in driving renewables uptake around the country, at the same time as the federal government has consistently undermined investor confidence in the market.

The first report from WWF-Australia, ranks the progress of federal, state and territory governments in switching Australia’s domestic energy systems to renewables and establishing renewable export opportunities.

The WWF-Australia’s Renewable Superpower Scorecard finds that while all the states made progress of some kind, the federal government fell further behind, coming in at the bottom of the rankings after “missed opportunities” at COP26 to build its renewables and climate credentials.

The second report, the Clean Energy Council’s latest Clean Energy Outlook Confidence Index, looks at renewable energy investment confidence, employment trends and business challenges around the country.

It finds a small overall increase in investor confidence over the last six months – from 6.3 to 7.3 out of 10 – led by strong commitments and policy development from state governments, particularly on the east coast.

[Sophie Vorrath]

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