Australia Passes Renewable Energy Bill

Law360, New York (August 20, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT) -- Australia's lawmakers have passed legislation that requires 20 percent of the country's electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2020.

The Renewable Energy Amendment Bill of 2009 passed both houses of Parliament on Thursday, with the House of Representatives agreeing to several amendments made in the Senate.

The government had split the legislation from its carbon emissions trading proposal and had agreed to more industry compensation to secure opposition backing for the bill.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said the government was now focusing on...
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