Australia’s wind energy capacity overtook hydro power energy generation for the first time in January, according to energy research company, Green Energy Markets on Wednesday.
According to the research company, Australia’s wind farms generated 893 GWh of power during January. However, energy generation from hydro-plants has fallen to its lowest level for over three years with 885 GWh.
In accordance with the Global Wind Energy Council report in 2014, the country installed 567 megawatts of wind energy projects, with a total wind capacity of 3,806 megawatts.
In 2013 during August, September and October, clean energy generated around 18 percent of Australia’s energy capacity.
The country is the world’s ninth-largest energy producer and is one of only three net energy exporters in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD.
In 2011, the Australian government announced a climate change plan including a wide-ranging package of clean-energy proposals and the introduction of a carbon price mechanism accompanied by significant levels of financial support for innovation in clean-energy technologies.
By Gulsen Cagatay