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Government reveals ambitious plans for Australia's renewable future

At the Australian Clean Energy Summit, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton celebrated a doubling of the nation's renewable energy capacity over the past five years, pledging that Australia could achieve an 82% renewable energy goal by 2030. Federal Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen also underscored the ambitious nature of these plans, emphasising their feasibility. He revealed that six sectoral strategies would guide the nation towards its 2035 and 2050 targets. Although specific targets for each sector aren't specified, detailed plans will be developed following a consultation process. Amid concerns about the closure of Eraring in 2025, Bowen suggested that staging the closure would be discussed. He also addressed the issue of offshore wind energy, stating that consultation in the Southern Ocean zone was ongoing, with final decisions to be made following community feedback.


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