The federal government is talking up Australia's renewable energy prowess as international pressure continues to build on beefing up climate action.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor on Tuesday released an early snippet from the Clean Energy Regulator's next carbon market report, which will look at the December quarter.
The full report is slated for release towards the end of the month.
The snapshot estimates a record amount (seven gigawatts) of renewable energy capacity was installed last year.
It has been driven by a boom in household solar, with Mr Taylor boasting Australia has the highest uptake in the world.
"This is helping to reduce household energy bills and reduce emissions," he said in a statement.
The data release coincides with the first parliamentary sitting week of the year and the early stages of US President Joe Biden's administration, which has already stepped up climate action as it commits to net zero emissions by 2050.
Mr Taylor spoke with his US counterpart John Kerry last week.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is gradually shifting his language to support the 2050 target, but faces opposition to the goal in his party.
Investments in renewables last year reached a record $7.7 billion, Mr Taylor says the data shows.
His focus is on ensuring the grid can handle the surge in renewables, through backup generation such as gas, and storage.
Reducing the price of gas and beefing up supply was central to the government's coronavirus recovery plans, even flagging direct support if private companies did not step in to invest.
The Climate Council has stepped up its campaign against the proposal by looking at how much renewable energy was used last year across the National Electricity Market compared to gas.
It showed gas generation has declined while renewables, like wind and solar, have increased.
Over the year, renewables provided 26 per cent of power while gas provided eight.
In the later part of 2020 the share of renewables in the NEM went past a record 30 per cent.
Climate Council research Tim Baxter says it's "foolish" to use taxpayer money on building new gas power stations.
"The federal government needs to abandon the folly of new gas in the electricity sector and let the states and territories get on with the energy transition and economic recovery," he said.