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Future energy: CSIRO gallops to the rescue

Future energy: CSIRO gallops to the rescue

Lots of energy can be yours—after you learn which switch and when to use what—it’s simple!

Federal and State Governments have been told Australia could generate electricity with no carbon emissions by 2050, but a carbon price will be needed to achieve that.

It will all come from your roof. Energy from the gods via several tonnes of batteries and solar panels. A few tonnes of boxes filled with soil to grow potatoes—and pot for further delusions. Maybe a few bee hives and don’t forget a cow or two—free milk and cream. And an alpaca, their wool makes warm jumpers for the winter. For when all the switches pop out and the batteries smoke when you turn on one heater. But you will be doing the right thing—by whom? It’s going to be such fun!

Source: ABC

CSIRO, Energy Networks Australia lay out roadmap for emissions-free future

Energy Networks Australia and the CSIRO have spent two years analysing the future of the electricity system.

Their roadmap says a national energy plan with an emissions intensity scheme starting by 2020 should be part of a successful energy transition.

Energy Networks Australia’s chief executive John Bradley said it would send the signals needed to drive a smooth shift to a reliable, low-cost and low-carbon energy.

“The carbon price and the certainty around carbon policy is certainly one of the things that has been identified in this process,” Mr Bradley said.

“If we have stable and enduring carbon policy, which doesn’t change at every election cycle, then we will see a lower cost of investment, whether that is large-scale renewables or … small-scale systems that households are investing in.

“We will see a more stable transition that keeps energy security at this critical time.”

The report predicts about 25 new large-scale solar or wind farms will be needed in a five-year time frame to replace coal-fired power stations.

Mr Bradley said rooftop solar would also be a big contributor. He identified Queensland as a huge growth area.

“By 2030, there would be as much rooftop solar capacity on the system as there currently is coal-fired generation capacity,” he said.

“Similarly, in New South Wales there’s likely to be more rooftop solar capacity by 2030 than there is coal-fired generation in New South Wales today.”

Batteries to play key role in transition

The report found part of the solution to the reliability problems with renewables would be to manage peak demand.

CSIRO chief economist Paul Graham said that could include rewarding people for using their batteries during times of peak demand.

“If you could turn your battery on at that time, that might save the grid some costs. That is the sort of signal we need,” he said.

He pointed out it would also require new high-tech meters, “so the customer knows when their power demand is getting higher and they can pull that back”.

Mr Bradley said batteries would also play a key role in eventually replacing coal-fired power generators.

“You could see very large-scale, grid-connected batteries playing a role as we are looking at in some parts of South Australia,” he said.

“But you will also see this mass-market, take-up of residential and small customer battery storage.”

He predicted there would be 760,000 residential batteries in Queensland by 2030 and over 2 million by 2050.

“So that is going to be a major integration challenge for the grid, but also a huge opportunity to avoid investment in other parts of the system,” he said.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 28/04/2017, 6:25 am

    The waffler is true to form. Just can’t keep his hands off the carbon tax levers.

  • Penguinte 28/04/2017, 7:31 am

    How glibly the report predicts about 25 new large-scale solar or wind farms will be needed in a five-year time frame to replace coal-fired power stations. No mention of cost but we’ll need a price on carbon!

  • Angry 28/04/2017, 7:58 am

    More BS from green COMMUNIST aholes.
    FFS Just build a bloody normal coal power station that produces reliable cheap electricity 24 hours a day !
    Abolish all subsidies to the rubbish of wind/solar.
    Carbon dioxide is plant food and not pollution.
    Global warming is the greatest SCAM in humam history!
    So ANGRY with all this crap !!!#$#%$^%

  • Angry 28/04/2017, 8:00 am

    Time to defund the weather-forecasting rent-seekers…………


  • Graham 28/04/2017, 11:38 am

    I cant believe that they spent 2 years on this and still came up with complete tripe. Have they not been listening to what has been going on?

    This ‘national energy plan’ surely was written by schoolkids (no disrespect to schoolkids)

  • Albert 28/04/2017, 1:52 pm

    While all those academic climate freaks are quick to tell us what devil inspired coal powered power stations are doing to the atmosphere, they are not exactly rushing to advise us of the initial cost of solar and/or wind installations or the cost of maintenance and replacement.

    In reality this monumental brain fart is going to empty our wallets big time to pay for systems that have a relatively short operational life before requiring at best high cost maintenance and at worst the eventual replacement of solar panels, batteries and wind generators.

    The claim that 25 new solar/wind farms are required to replace all of our coal fired power stations is a lunatics dream that will become a citizens nightmare. Where is the fireproof guarantee of uninterrupted full strength power, where does the power come from when the wind don’t blow and the sun don’t shine, how many thousands of tons of batteries will be needed just to give us a low level of energy delivery to overcome those two inconvenient truths?

    And, Jack The Giant Killer question is what will be the damage to the atmosphere created by the production of all those solar panels, batteries and wind generators and what dangers will they pose when it comes time dispose of worn out units?

    Hans Christian Anderson must be writing the scripts for the climate change loonies.

  • Don 28/04/2017, 2:06 pm

    “that might save the grid some costs” – and pigs might fly

  • Don 28/04/2017, 3:18 pm

    Australia is the largest exporter of coal in the world – what hypocrisy to puddle with experiments of wind power and solar power when cheap energy is produced in other countries and our consumers pay more for less reliable supply – we have to be the joke of the world – and Queensland opening up more and more mines – we will all be cooked alive with global warming – stop mining and exports of coal right now

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