AUSTRALIA'S NEW PRIME MINISTER VOWS TO MAKE AUSTRALIA A 'RENEWABLE ENERGY SUPERPOWER'
Australia's new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, won Saturday's federal election over the conservative coalition government of his predecessor, Scott Morrison. Anthony Albanese promises to make Australia a renewable energy 'superpower'
"Together we can end the climate war. Together we can take advantage of Australia's opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower," Albanese told supporters in his victory speech in Sydney.
He will be sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister on May 23, after which he will travel to Tokyo for a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Group comprising Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
The Powering Australia scheme unveiled last year included funding for 85 solar banks, which will help bring cheaper electricity to more than 25,000 households who are said to be excluded from rooftop solar, such as renting and low-income families. Plans also include a strategy to install 400 community batteries "to maximise the benefits of Australia's rooftop solar system retrofit", supporting the grid and providing shared energy storage system for up to 100,000 homes.
The Climate Commission has recommended Labor push Australia to reduce its emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and reach its net-zero emissions target by 2035, furthering its ambitions.
Climate Council researcher Wesley Morgan said Australia "is well positioned to be a renewable energy superpower". "This is the biggest and most pressing issue of our time and the new prime minister needs to make sure we take it seriously."
Research published last month by the Clean Energy Council Renewable Energy Association found that renewables now account for 32.5 per cent of Australia's electricity, but financial commitments to new power plants have slowed in part because of grid-connection system challenges.
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