New data has revealed that Australia’s power sector would be more polluting under Malcolm Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee than if the government did nothing at all.

This comes on the back of the latest Renewable Energy Index (REI) complied by the Green Energy Market and funded by GetUp.

GetUp say that economic modelling from Frontier Economics shows from 2017 onward Australia needs to install 9,271 megawatts of wind and solar to achieve the government’s 2030 emissions reduction target. Yet Australia already has 9,691 megawatts of clean energy locked in through projects already under construction or being procured.

GetUp energy campaigns director Miriam Lyons said the latest Renewable Energy Index shows every day Australians are getting on with the renewable revolution while the Turnbull Government is going backwards on energy policy.

“The NEG is a giant step backwards on renewables investment in Australia. Malcolm Turnbull isn’t just trying to slam the brakes on renewables, he’s putting the car in reverse,” said Lyons.

“The Renewable Energy Index shows that leading states and the renewables industry are getting on with the job of cutting pollution, creating jobs and providing cheaper, more reliable power for all Australians. Clean energy is the cheapest and smartest way to fix our broken energy system.”

“Instead of making plans to grow renewables, Malcolm Turnbull has made a plan to please a handful of Coalition backbenchers determined to keep Australians stuck with pollution and 19th-century energy. What Tony Abbott’s coal club wants is not what people want, it’s not what’s best for the planet and it’s not what the rest of the world is doing.”