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2018 has been good globally for renewables — less than, locally for Australia.


More PV power was introduced all round the world than coal, natural gas and nuclear taken together. Total solar capacity was upped by a third to 402GW all told.


It was the third best year for wind generation on record. From 52GW to 539GW, largely on account of India investing as well as Europe.


Ten plus countries generate more than 15% of their power from mixed renewables. Denmark's murdering it: over 50% of their generation is clean. (?!)


Australia?


Well, we nearly had a coordinated energy policy. It was cut out by a coup. While waiting for the NEG to finalise, many projects were put on pause. This goes some way toward the overall performance on the year. It isn't pretty even after that though.


The proportion of renewable generation was down (by a percentage point) mainly owing to low rainfall upsetting hydro's contribution (reduced by 23%), which while it could be blamed on global warming is probably nobody's fault.


Solar and wind were up by 5%. All the same, Australia stands an icecream's chance in the sun at honouring its international minimum obligations agreed on in Paris. If every other country were to copy Australia currently, there would follow a global temperature rise of 3°C and up to 4°C . That's take a seat humanity you're done, kinds of conditions.


We've just experienced the hottest 5 years ever recorded (2013-2017). 17 from 18 hottest years on record were in this century. Extremes at the other end have affected cold countries as well. Moscow saw 6 minutes of sun last December. That's bat faeces!


However, an uptake of initiatives at the local level of government late in the day has somewhat straightened things out and adjusted the numbers.


By State and Territory,


1st Place

— 87.4% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 11.2% PV + Wind

— 14.2% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

100% by 2022

— Net Zero Emissions Aim by 2050:

Achieved Already


2nd


— 46.2% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 43.1% PV + Wind

— 14.2% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

100% in 2020

— Net Zero Emissions Aim by 2045



3rd




— 43.4% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 43.1% PV + Wind

— 32.3% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

None.

— Net Zero Emissions Aim by 2050





4th

— 13.6% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 10.4% PV + Wind

— 15.9% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

25% by 2020 & 40% by 2025

— Net Zero Emissions Aim 2050



5th

— 12.6% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 6% PV + Wind

— 17.6% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

None.

— Net Zero Emissions Aim by 2050


6th




— 7.5% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 6.5% PV + Wind

— 26.7% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

None.

— Net Zero Emissions Aim of None at All





7th

— 7.1% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 3.7% PV + Wind

— 32.9% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target: 50% by 2030


Net Zero Emissions Aim by 2050


8th

— 3% Solar/Wind/Hydro

— 3% PV + Wind

— 13.8% Rooftop Solar

— Renewable Energy Target:

50% by 2030

— Net Zero Emissions Aim of None at All


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