South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


65. GreenPower:

Purchase renewable energy for 50% of the Government's own electricity needs by 2014

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

GreenPower is a voluntary government accredited program for additional renewable energy generation across Australia beyond mandatory renewable requirements.  It is a joint initiative of the ACT, NSW, SA, QLD, and VIC governments.

This target represents the voluntary purchase of GreenPower electricity as a proportion of the Government’s electricity needs. Target 65 specifies that this level be increased to 50% by 2014.

The electricity needs for the South Australian Government are purchased through a Small Markets Site contract and a Large Site Contract (for sites consuming more than 160 MWh per annum). The Large Site Contract comprises 83 per cent of the Government’s total electricity needs.

Historically both of the Large Site and Small Markets Sites contracts included a requirement for 20 per cent Accredited GreenPower.

Consistent with the SASP target, the current Large Site contract includes a step up to 50 per cent Accredited GreenPower from 1 July 2014.

The Government decided in the 2012-13 Mid-Year Budget Review that, with effect from 2014-15, the Government’s minimum GreenPower purchase commitment would be deferred. Each year, the Government reassesses its priorities for revenue and expenditure measures through the budget process and the reinstatement of GreenPower purchases is open to Government consideration in future budget processes.

In keeping with this decision:

  • The purchase of 20 per cent Accredited GreenPower remained in the Small Market Sites contract until it expired on 31 December 2013. From 1 January 2014, the Small Market Sites contract does not include a GreenPower requirement.
  • The purchase of 50 per cent Accredited GreenPower remains in the Large Site contract until it’s expiry on 31 December 2014. A new contract will commence 1 January 2015, which will not include a GreenPower requirements.

The effect of these contract arrangements is that, for 2013-14, 18.3 per cent of electricity purchased was from GreenPower. In 2014-15 this increased to 20.5%.


Lead Agency

Department of State Development