ACT to utilise renewable energy

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is on its way to becoming one of the first states to utilise 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

This comes as the Australian Solar Council endorsed the ACT's decision to work towards obtaining the majority of the state's power from renewable sources.

Australian Solar Council chief executive John Grimes said: "The ACT government plans to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels, and renewable energy is a big part of that plan.

"Again we see the ACT government leading the way and after an extensive planning process dating back to before 2007, we now have important confirmation that a renewable energy future is feasible, affordable and sustainable."

Developments such as these are coming at an opportune time with electricity prices rising all over Australia.

Mr Grimes added in a statement that this announcement shows that the government is giving the distribution of renewable energy some real thought.

"Today's announcement by the ACT government is yet another reminder of the value of clean energy to tackling climate change and building a low carbon economy," he concluded.

Making greater use of green energy sources is likely to benefit future generations and may also reduce power prices.