Hunt says leaving renewable energy target as is would be equivalent of $90/tonne carbon tax. That’s true, but only if retailers refuse to build wind and solar farms.
AGL Energy – once the ‘greenest’ retailer in the country and now the largest producer of coal-fired energy – has called for the renewable energy target to be scrapped altogether.
On Sept 30, South Australia ran most of the working day on wind and solar power, and it sent electricity prices into the negative in the middle of the day.
Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.
Keppel Prince mothballs wind energy manufacturing, sacks 100 as Abbott government declares war on RET and wind energy.
Abbott government says no changes to household solar, but wants large scale renewables target slashed by two thirds. So much for “ditching” the Warburton Review.
As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand.
Want proof distributed solar is booming? Two charts show how it provided over 25% of new US power plant capacity in 2013 and 43% in first half 2014.
Micro inverters and smart energy management systems are taking solar into off grid systems, camper vans and pretty much anywhere else you want power.