Cleaner energy


The ACT's Sustainable Energy Policy focuses on clean energy. The ACT is on track for 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Renewable energy development also positions the Territory at the forefront of the 21st Century sustainable knowledge economy. You can find out more about our renewable energy program in this short video.

New renewable electricity auction

The ACT Government has announced a new renewable electricity auction, to be held over 2019 and into 2020. To register, email energypolicy@act.gov.au.

The ACT's renewable electricity target

The ACT's renewable electricity target is the most ambitious renewable electricity target in Australia. It will deliver nearly all of the greenhouse gas emission reduction needed for the ACT to reach its nation-leading target of a 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2020.

The ACT reached 46 per cent renewable electricity supply in 2017-18 and is on track to reach our 100 per cent target by 2020. All of our contracts are in place, with 9 of our 10 large scale renewable generators already complete, and the remaining generator, the Hornsdale 3 Wind Farm, to commence supported generation in October 2019.

There are several renewable sources that contribute to the target.

Renewable electricity supported through the ACT's large feed-in tariff scheme

This source contributes about three-quarters of all the output needed for the ACT's 100 per cent by 2020 renewable electricity target.

The output comes from ten different wind and solar farms in the ACT, NSW, Victoria and South Australia that were awarded large feed-in tariff entitlements through a series of innovative reverse auctions conducted by the ACT Government between 2012 and 2016.

The auctions awarded 20 year feed-in tariff entitlements under which the ACT electricity distributor pays successful renewable generators the difference between their wholesale electricity market earnings and their feed-in tariff prices.

Each contract establishes a 'strike price', which is set over the 20 year contract period. Under our program, the ACT electricity distributor, Evoenergy, pays each generator for their energy produced based on the difference between the current wholesale price (which varies every 5 minutes) and the strike price.

When wholesale electricity prices are low, this requires Evoenergy to pay the generator, and when electricity prices are high, the generator pays Evoenergy.

This arrangement results in more certain revenue for the generators and helps to shield ACT consumers from high electricity prices.

Evoenergy passes costs on to ACT electricity consumers, and these are included as part of the distribution cost on an electricity bill alongside the costs of building and maintaining poles and wires.

The innovation of the auctions was recognised by awards given by the Banksia Foundation in 2014 and the Australian Institute of Public Administration in 2017. The ACT's approach has since been adopted by the Victorian, Queensland and Commonwealth governments in the design of similar schemes.

Find out how the ACT's large scale renewable electricity auctions work.

ACT rooftop solar generation

Over 20,000 ACT homes and businesses have solar panels, including about 10 per cent of all ACT households. Their combined capacity is now about 75 megawatts (MW), enough to power 13,400 houses.

Systems are supported by the small-medium feed-in tariff scheme that operated in the ACT between 2009 and 2011 as well as ACT electricity retailer schemes.

Details can be found in the Annual feed-in tariff reports.

Renewable electricity supported through the ACT's community solar scheme

ACT residents will now have the opportunity to share in the economic benefits of locally produced solar electricity by investing in the SolarShare Community Farm. This community solar farm will be beneficial to people unable to use solar rooftop technology because they are living in apartments, renting or have homes not suitable for solar panels.

ACT voluntary purchases of renewable electricity through the GreenPower program

Many ACT households and businesses voluntarily purchase renewable electricity through the national GreenPower program.

The ACT's share of national renewable electricity

This source includes the renewable electricity that ACT electricity retailers are obliged to purchase under the national Large Renewable Energy Target (LRET) scheme.

Also included is the ACT's share of output from renewable electricity generators that existed before the Large Renewable Energy Target scheme began in 2001. These are all hydro schemes, and most are part of the Snowy Hydro scheme ('below-baseline' generation).

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