Barriers to the diffusion of renewable energy in Queensland

McCarthy, Breda, Eagle, Lynne, and Lesbirel, Hayden (2017) Barriers to the diffusion of renewable energy in Queensland. Rural Society, 26 (3). pp. 210-224.

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Renewable energy (RE) is needed for the low-carbon future envisioned in the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. This article comparatively evaluates the RE performance of two states in Australia to show how government policies affect energy transitions. The ‘complex systems’ perspective is used as a theoretical lens and it elucidates the constraints to RE transitions. Ambitious targets at state level and sustained political support are required to overcome the multi-dimensional barriers to RE transitions. However, given the complexity of the energy system, governments should pursue collaborative efforts across states and with various stakeholders to avoid conflicts. They need to address concerns about rising electricity prices and energy security if the much needed decarbonisation of the electricity sector is to take place.

Item ID: 49882
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-1656
Keywords: climate change, renewable energy targets, systems theory
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 02:38
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