Developing renewable energy supply in Queensland, Australia: A study of the barriers, targets, policies and actions

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Title Developing renewable energy supply in Queensland, Australia: A study of the barriers, targets, policies and actions
Author Martin, Nigel J.; Rice, John
Journal Name Renewable Energy
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The Australian Government has set an ambitious target that at least 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity needs will be met by Renewable Energy (RE) sources by 2020. Given the limited use of RE sources for electricity generation, this national Renewable Energy Target (RET) leaves state, territory and municipal governments in a challenging policy position. In this article, we examine the Australian state of Queensland where RE provides approximately 4 per cent of the region’s electricity supplies. The research utilizes stakeholder theory to examine the developmental barriers, targets, policies and actions identified by firms and stakeholder organizations in the RE industry sector. The results from our analysis show that RE developments face a range of socio-technical barriers that require timely actions in the areas of financial incentives, infrastructure enhancement, regulation reform, community-centred developments, technology and workforce investments, and information and education programs. Also, in the context of RE planning, while the national RET is the preferred setting, the differences between Queensland’s RE installed generation capacity and electricity supply targets require clarification and agreement.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2012.01.006
Volume 44
Page from 119
Page to 127
ISSN 0960-1481
Date Accessioned 2012-05-10; 2012-09-20T23:05:57Z
Date Available 2012-09-20T23:05:57Z
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Environment Policy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46960
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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