New renewable electricity auction now open


Released 15/11/2019

The ACT Government’s latest renewable electricity auction, which will help power the ACT on 100% renewable electricity from 2020 and beyond, is now open for bids until 7 February 2020.

This is the fifth renewable energy auction that has been held for the Canberra grid and the winner of this auction will provide up to 250 megawatts of new renewable electricity.

The ACT is already set to achieve 100% renewable electricity from 2020. This auction will set Canberra up to power the region on clean electricity into the next decade, deliver more battery storage, help safeguard the city from blackouts and provide more reliable energy supply.

The auction will also further develop the ACT’s renewable energy industry, diversify the economy and provide more local jobs.

Bids are encouraged for a variety of renewable energy types, including solar, wind, hydro, wave and geothermal.

Canberra is leading the way when it comes to tackling a warming climate and this auction is another step in achieving our ultimate legislated target of zero net emissions by 2045.

The innovative reverse auction scheme to reach 100% renewable electricity has brought more than $500 million worth of renewable energy investment to the ACT and has consolidated the ACT’s reputation as Australia’s renewable energy innovation capital.

The ACT Climate Change Strategy and Canberra Living Infrastructure Plan were launched in September which detailed how our city will be more liveable and sustainable in a changing climate.

For more information on the auction’s terms and how to apply, visit: www.environment.act.gov.au/energy/cleaner-energy/new-renewable-electricity-auction.

NOTE: An industry briefing will be held at 10am on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at Wotso building, 490 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson. A copy of the presentation will be circulated to registered bidders after the briefing.

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