Wild Weather Powers South Australia’s Wind Farms to Milestone

  • Two thirds of state’s power needs come from wind over weekend
  • More than 40% of power derived from renewable energy in 2015

Wind farms supplied more than two thirds of South Australia’s electricity at the weekend, with an even bigger contribution on Monday in a sign of the state’s growing embrace of clean energy.

Wind provided 83 percent of the state’s power needs in the 24 hours to 4 p.m. on Monday when turbines helped turn the wild weather whipping the state into renewable energy, Australia’s Clean Energy Council said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

South Australia got more than 40 percent of its power needs from renewable energy last year, the council said, adding that the state’s 683 turbines have generated more than $6 billion of investment.

Wind energy is helping many nations, including Australia, to cut emissions from the power sector. Other mainland states could follow South Australia to use more renewable energy, according to the council.

Wind-power capacity in Australia may surge almost 56 percent by 2018 from 2015 levels, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts.

“New technologies such as battery storage are falling in price, and will act as a perfect complement to smooth out the supply of renewable energy in the future," Alicia Webb, the Clean Energy Council’s policy manager, said in the statement.

— With assistance by Feifei Shen

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