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Renewable target not in doubt despite reliance on wind

The ACT government is on track to reach its 90 per cent renewable energy target by 2020 despite needing to quadruple its current supply in just 4½ years.

Enivronment Minister Simon Corbell said the ACT's renewable energy supply was at 18.6 per cent in 2013-14.

This figure is set to dramatically increase over the next two years, with wind playing a dominant role.

While wind power has been slammed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Mr Corbell said wind turbines would supply 52 per cent of the ACT's energy needs by 2020.

Wind will make up more than five times the amount of energy solar is expected to provide.

Despite a leaked letter this week revealing the federal government intends to increase red tape for wind farms, Mr Corbell said the plan would have no impact on the territory's renewable energy target.

"The combined output from the solar and wind farms already awarded feed-in tariffs through our reverse auctions, contributions from the national renewable energy target and output from the ACT's installed rooftop solar panels, will account for around 60 per cent of the ACT's electricity demand in 2020," he said.

The remaining 30 per cent would be obtained through wind auctions and next generation solar, he said.

The ACT needs to receive about 490 megawatts of renewable energy to meet its 2020 target.

Mr Corbell said, within the next 18 months, 280 megawatts of wind and solar energy would come on line while another 50 megawattswould be delivered six months later.

The ACT would then leapfrog South Australia as the nation's cleanest energy consumer.

The cost of achieving this goal remains about $243 per household.

"This cost remains broadly correct, however remains subject to wholesale price movements, the national renewable energy target which has recently been revised downwards and ACT electricity demand," Mr Corbell said.

Source: The Canberra Times

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