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ERIC Number: EJ788515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Wind Power in Australia: Overcoming Technological and Institutional Barriers
Healey, Gerard; Bunting, Andrea
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v28 n2 p115-127 2008
Until recently, Australia had little installed wind capacity, although there had been many investigations into its potential during the preceding decades. Formerly, state-owned monopoly utilities showed only token interest in wind power and could dictate the terms of energy debates. This situation changed in the late 1990s: Installed wind capacity began growing rapidly following the introduction of supportive renewable energy policies and the restructuring of the electricity industry. However, wind farms still provide only 1% of Australia's electricity, the future of supportive policies is uncertain, and industry momentum is yet to become self-sustaining. Wind power, the authors argue, faces significant technological and institutional barriers, which need to be overcome if wind power is to play a significant role in Australia's electricity supply. The current window of opportunity is providing--for the first time--a significant space in which these barriers can be better understood and addressed and the requirements for wind power institutionally embedded. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Language: English
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