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Towards low emissions in the electricity generation sector : creating a coherent legal model for Australia

Blustein, Sholam (2011) Towards low emissions in the electricity generation sector : creating a coherent legal model for Australia. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 28(2), pp. 77-91.

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Abstract

Australia’s efforts to transition to a low-emissions economy have stagnated following the successive defeats of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. This failure should not, however, be regarded as the end of Australia’s efforts to make this transition. In fact, the opportunity now exists for Australia to refine its existing arrangements to enable this transition to occur more effectively. The starting point for this analysis is the legal arrangements applying to the electricity generation sector, which is the largest sectoral emitter of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Without an effective strategy to mitigate this sector’s contribution to anthropogenic climate change, it is unlikely that Australia will be able to transition towards a low-emissions economy. It is on this basis that this article assesses the dominant national legal arrangement – the Renewable Energy Target – underpinning the electricity generation sector's efforts to become a low-emissions sector.

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ID Code: 41449
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Australia, Renewable energy, Feed-in tariff, renewable portfolio standards, climate change
ISSN: 0813-300X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Law Book Co.
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2011 08:01
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2011 20:18

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