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Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Australia

Wind energy continues to increase its stake in Australia’s clean energy mix following another year of growth in 2012. Wind energy now makes a significant contribution to Australia’s energy mix, supplying over 7,700 GWh annually. This equates to around 3.4% of the nation’s overall electricity needs and the equivalent of more than one million average Australian households.

Australia’s 20% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET) continues to provide the greatest incentive for the development of wind energy in Australia and has driven installed wind capacity from approximately 71 MW in 2001 to 2,584 MW as at the end of 2012. The RET is now complemented by Australia’s carbon price mechanism, which commenced on 1 July 2012 with the aim of reducing emissions in the stationary energy sector.

At the close of 2012, Australia had 62 wind farms with a total production capacity of 2,584 MW. Five new projects were commissioned in 2012, adding 358 MW of capacity to the Australian electricity grid. Eleven projects are currently under construction at the end of 2012. These projects will contribute 638 MW of capacity in 2013, and approximately 1,000 MW in the following two years. A further 18,000 MW of projects are currently proposed for Australia and are either in the evaluation phase or going through the development approval process. Read the entire report here.