Country:Australia
Year:2007
Policy status:Ended
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Bioenergy, Co-firing with fossil fuels, Hydropower, Multiple RE Sources, Solar, Solar photovoltaic
Policy Sector:Electricity
Climate Change Policy Targets:Energy Sector, Electricity Generation, Renewable
Agency:Australian Greenhouse Office
URL:http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/energy/cet/index.html
Renewable Energy Description:

On 23 September 2007, the federal government announced a national Clean Energy Target, which provides a single, comprehensive renewable and low emissions energy target. The target is 30,000 gigawatt hours per year of low emissions electricity by 2020, which is additional to the existing renewable baseline of around 16,000 gigawatt hours. This target is equivalent to the sum total of all existing and planned targets under federal, state and territory renewable and low emissions energy target schemes.The federal government's plan is to reduce red tape for industry, and energy costs to the economy, by rationalising existing and planned federal and state/territory target schemes into a single national scheme. It is also intended that the Clean Energy Target will provide additional investment momentum to the deployment of renewable and other low emissions electricity generation technologies in the early years of the Australian Emissions Trading Scheme.The Clean Energy Target will cover all renewable energy technologies and those low emissions technologies that emit less than 200 kilograms of greenhouse gases per megawatt hour of electricity supplied. For example, it will include electricity generated from fossil fuels where carbon dioxide capture and storage is used.The measure will be developed as soon as practicable, for commencement no later than 1 January 2010.This policy was subsequently dropped with the change in federal government in November 2007.

Climate Change Description:

On 23 September 2007, the federal government announced a national Clean Energy Target, which provided a single, comprehensive renewable and low emissions energy target. The target was 30,000 gigawatt hours per year of low emissions electricity by 2020, which was additional to the existing renewable baseline of around 16,000 gigawatt hours. This target was also equivalent to the sum total of all existing and planned targets under federal, state and territory renewable and low emissions energy target schemes.The federal government's plan was to reduce red tape for industry, and energy costs to the economy, by rationalising existing and planned federal and state/territory target schemes into a single national scheme. It also intended that the Clean Energy Target would provide additional investment momentum to the deployment of renewable and other low emissions electricity generation technologies in the early years of the Australian Emissions Trading Scheme.The Clean Energy Target was set to cover all renewable energy technologies and those low emissions technologies that emit less than 200 kilograms of greenhouse gases per megawatt hour of electricity supplied. For example, it would include electricity generated from fossil fuels where carbon dioxide capture and storage is used.The measure was to be developed as soon as practicable, for commencement no later than 1 January 2010. However, the policy was subsequently dropped, with the change in federal government after the federal election of November 2007.

Related policies:Renewable Energy Target

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