Australian Renewable Energy Law: Carbon Lock-In or Clean Energy Transition? The Pursuit of Policy Stability and Energy Security at Higher Levels of Renewable Generation

(2018) 9(1) Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 45-67

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18.30

25 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018 Last revised: 7 Feb 2019

Date Written: November 22, 2018

Abstract

This article critically analyses recent developments in Australia’s renewable energy law and policy. It identifies seven retrograde steps taken in energy and climate law in Australia in the last five years. Barriers to clean energy law - in the form of recurring narratives employed against the rise of renewable energy across Australia - are examined. Increased levels of renewable energy are portrayed by opponents as a threat to the security and reliability of electricity supply. Yet, the nation is currently experiencing a major renewable energy investment boom, supported by regional policy initiatives that are driving innovation, most recently in energy storage.

Keywords: RPS, renewable energy target, Australia, climate law, innovation, storage, integration, climate finance, energy security

JEL Classification: K32, K10, H23, O33, O56, Q42, Q 48, Q50, Q 55, Q58

Suggested Citation

Prest, James, Australian Renewable Energy Law: Carbon Lock-In or Clean Energy Transition? The Pursuit of Policy Stability and Energy Security at Higher Levels of Renewable Generation (November 22, 2018). (2018) 9(1) Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 45-67; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18.30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3289085 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3289085

James Prest (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
+61 2 6125 1689 (Phone)

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