Wind energy in Australia
This energy type is one of Australia’s main sources of renewable energy, generating enough electricity to meet 7.1 per cent of the nation’s total electricity demand.
At the end of 2018, there were 94 wind farms in Australia, delivering nearly 16 GW of wind generation capacity.
This energy type is one of the lowest-cost sources of new electricity supply in Australia, along with utility-scale solar PV.
The cost of utility-scale wind energy in Australia is expected to continue falling, with new wind farms expected to deliver electricity at around $50-65/MWh in 2020 and below $50/MWh in 2030.
How are we supporting wind projects?
Our purpose is to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy through innovation that benefits Australian consumers and businesses. By connecting investment, knowledge and people to deliver energy innovation, we are helping to build the foundation of a renewable energy ecosystem in Australia.
Wind has been an established part of electricity generation in Australia for many years. Our support has therefore been focused on projects that strengthen the security and reliability of electricity supply by demonstrating that wind farms could potentially provide vital services (PDF 1MB) to help to stabilise the grid, or be paired with solar farms or storage to contribute to an overall reliable supply of electricity.
We share knowledge, insights and data from our funded projects to help the renewable energy industry and other projects learn from each other’s experiences. Our projects capture high-quality quantitative and qualitative data and information, linked with the needs of the market, while respecting our recipients’ commercial and contractual rights.