Building on the relative success of the Green Power program the Federal government has enacted the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (Cth).78 The
77 MRET Review available at <http://www.mretreview.gov.au/report/index.html>.
78 Foradetailed discussion of this Act see Adrian Bradbrook and Alexandra S Wawryk, 'Government Initiatives Promoting Renewable Energy for Electricity Generation in Australia' (2002) 25(1) UNSWLaw Journal 124 at 146-53.
object of the Act is to encourage the additional 2% generation of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. As a result of historic investment in hydro-electric schemes in Tasmania and New South Wales, dating back to the 1950s, 10% of Australia's electricity supply was renewable before the introduction of the Act.
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