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Global renewable energy booming, Australia behind

Record-breaking wind energy capacity was installed globally last year as the Australian Government sought to "destroy" wind energy in Australia says the Australian Wind Alliance.

Renewables now account for more than 60% of net additions to the world’s power capacity.

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The comments come as the leading expert body on renewable energy, REN 21, releases its Global Renewables Status report.

Renewable energy targets and other supportive policies powered the global growth of solar, wind, and other renewable technologies, increasing total installed capacity by 8.5% on the previous year.

Renewables jobs have also increased dramatically, with more than 7.7 million people now employed in the sector worldwide.

Renewables now account for more than 60% of net additions to the world’s power capacity.

“While Tony Abbott has been boasting about his crusade to destroy wind energy in Australia, the rest of the world has been installing wind energy capacity faster than ever before,” Australian Wind Alliance National Co-ordinator Andrew Bray said.

“Investment in renewables has outpaced investment in fossil fuels for the fifth year in a row.

“But despite labeling himself the ‘infrastructure PM’, Tony Abbott has effectively said “no thanks” to billions of dollars of investment and thousands of new jobs by gutting the Renewable Energy Target.

“While clean energy thrives globally, Tony Abbott’s dinosaur views are sidelining Australia from its rightful place at the forefront of the global renewables boom.”