How will Australia keep the lights on without coal?
88% of the black coal currently mined in Australia is exported overseas, not burned for electricity in Australia. In fact, all of Australia’s new proposed coal projects will be for export, not for domestic power generation.
Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest continents on Earth, and many states are well on their way to running off 100% clean, cheap, renewable energy. Since 2020, 100% of the ACT’s power has come from renewable sources;Tasmania met its 100% renewable energy goal two years ahead of schedule; South Australia turned off its last coal power generator in 2016 and is aiming for 100% renewable power before 2030; and now Queensland has pledged to end its reliance on coal power by 2035.