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Energy Insiders Podcast January 29

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The revolution is coming, but is Australia ready to embrace it?

An admission by federal energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg that the world of transport is changing has put electric vehicles on the front pages of Australia’s major newspapers, but often for the wrong reasons.

The Murdoch media in particular has kept true to form and launched a campaign of misinformation about a technology that threatens to disrupt the incumbents – in this case the trillion-dollar transport fuel and global automobile industries.

In Episode 1 of 2018, Behyad Jafari, the head of Australia’s newly formed Electric Vehicle Council, joins Energy Insiders to help sort fact from fiction, from emissions to running costs, and the sort of incentives needed to help Australia catch up with the rest of the world, and stop being a dumping ground for dirty and inefficient vehicles.

Regular insiders Giles Parkinson and David Leitch also catch up with the latest news, including the performance of the Tesla big battery, the summer heat-wave, a raft of new wind and solar projects, and questions about how Snowy 2.0 could possibly deliver a return on investment.

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  • howardpatr

    Why is the Government virtually silent on the possible utilisation of some of the many thousands of pumped – hydro sites identified by Andrew Blakers?

    How does Snowy 2.0 compare and contrast with twenty or so distributed projects?

    • Cooma Doug

      The snowy dams are already in place. Most of the transmission and infrastructure already functioning.
      You are looking at hundreds plus Gwhs of energy already stored that will become available besides the storage process.

  • Rod

    David makes a good point about electric bikes. They are becoming very popular and a way for people to get used to the idea of electric vehicles.

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    • Jack Gilding

      And apparently ebikes are the most popular EVs in Australia, although I havent found a good statistical source.

      • Rod

        It wouldn’t surprise me. I see plenty around but getting accurate statistics would be difficult. I imported my mid drive motor so that wouldn’t show up in any list.

  • Jack Gilding

    Thanks Giles, David and Behyad. A great start to the year. The facts about oil product imports were particularly startling. Some more scary info on this here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-24/fuel-imports-a-risk-amid-south-china-sea-tensions-nrma-advisor/7149648 (although on my reading of the nifty map in the article if our refined fuel comes from Singapore, this is not via the South China Sea).

  • Cooma Doug

    We cant say there will be a GWhr of battery before 1 GWhr of hydro storage. We already have GWhrs of hydro storage. T3 has 12 gwh a day available now.
    The market doesnt use it.

    • David leitch

      I stand corrected. Must have meant new pumped hydro. Thanks.

      • Cooma Doug

        I was not complaining so much as digging up the old concept that the market rules set the mood and investment. That is, in a place where the politics gives business some certainty.
        When we fall far enough behind reality and the rest of the planet, there will be no choice who ever is in power.

  • Cooma Doug

    I was lucky to be on shift when the wholesale market started back in the 90s. I was also on shift the day the ancilliary service market started. It was a bizzare moment in each case and it changed the way we needed to view the grid entirely.
    As I.T systems advanced quickly late 90s and early 2000 the concepts of managing the grid security and the profile each day vanished from our hands. Decisions and interventions were needed at times when major faults struck. But between such moments the market did all.

    We quickly went from a situation where we could look at a few key indicators and take action to manage things based on the science, to a situation where all actions were now products. They were split up, calculated and actioned in more detailed and broken down product zones. This took away any chance of spontaneously knowing where we stood as in previous times.
    We had to trust the market signals.
    In reality they are much safer, detailed and effective than the pre market times. Everything began to look different.
    I honestly can see the same degree of change coming when Snowy 2, solar, wind, cars and batteries are integrated into the market to the same detail and
    synergy, as took place when computers and market rules took over.
    I really think the end result will surprise the most experienced grid managers.