The prospects of the Renewable Energy industry in Australia are inextricably tied to the level of government support
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
Energy production faces unprecedented uncertainty. Increased awareness about the effects of climate change and dependence on fossil fuels has prompted policymakers and scientists to rethink their strategies. The Renewable Energy industry in Australia has both benefited from and been a victim of these changing tides, as increased investment and support has been offset by delayed implementation and political populism. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Naren Sivasailam, “The industry has benefited from significant assistance in the form of grants and concessions, but remains at the mercy of its infancy and expensive cost structure”. In the five years to 2011-12, industry revenue is estimated to grow at an annualised 10.8% to total $1.56 billion. Revenue in 2011-12 is expected to post an increase of 18% from the previous year.
The Renewable Energy industry in Australia has a medium level of market share concentration, although there are significant segmental differences. For example, the hydropower segment is highly concentrated, while the wind power segment is more fragmented, with a number of players operating wind farms with medium capacities. Sivasailam adds, “the solar energy is more fragmented still, with no single player accounting for a substantial portion of the market”. Snowy Hydro Limited and Hydro-Electric Corporation are the two major companies in the industry.
The prospects of the Renewable Energy industry are inextricably tied to the level of government support and the willingness of end users to wear higher costs. Initiatives such as interest-free Green Loans and the Renewable Energy Development Fund aid investment in technology that will eventually make clean energy affordable. However, support from consumers and industry is equally important in setting a precedent for change. The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, an emissions trading scheme that employs a cap or an upper limit on the level of carbon pollution produced in future years will affect future performance. The next five years will be critical in determining whether Australia's abundant natural resources can be harnessed and set a world example for a decarbonised future.
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This industry includes establishments that generate energy from renewable natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat. It only includes the generation of energy from sources that are inexhaustible and can be replenished indefinitely, unlike fossil fuels such as coal. This industry does not include transmission and distribution of renewable energy.
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