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Renewable energy listed for first time as one of Australia’s top infrastructure priorities

Australia should prioritise large-scale renewable energy options to replace ageing thermal generators, infrastructure body says

Renewable energy zones and dispatchable energy storage have been listed as “high priority initiatives” by Infrastructure Australia for the first time.

The energy initiatives are among 44 new infrastructure proposals on the priority list, released on Friday, which together represent a $59bn pipeline of potential investments.

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New South Wales – greater Sydney water security, digital infrastructure at Western Parkland City, social housing, Parramatta outer ring-road capacity, and the western Sydney freight line and intermodal terminal

Queensland – south-east Queensland level crossings congestion and safety

South Australia – Adelaide’s outer ring route capacity, and road maintenance to reduce congestion

Northern Territory – enabling infrastructure for developing the Beetaloo Sub-Basin for potential gas market opportunities

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Australian farmers call for renewable energy zones as Nationals push coal and nuclear

National Farmers’ Federation and business groups call for pandemic recovery regionalisation strategy

Renewable energy zones must be “at the centre of any regionalisation agenda”, the National Farmers’ Federation has said.

In a policy paper released on Tuesday, the NFF makes the call for renewable energy to be part of new investment to address the $3.8bn annual shortfall in infrastructure in regional Australia.

Related: Michael McCormack says agriculture could be excluded from 2050 net zero emissions target

Related: Soil carbon: what role can it play in reducing Australia’s emissions?

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