Energy Networks Australia’s Gas Vision 2050 update study claims net-zero emissions can be reached with hydrogen at half the cost of electrification. But it’s a fragile claim.
As battery and pumped hydro developers try to figure out the storage equation for Australia’s grid, there is still not enough focus on demand management.
We won’t completely shift from gas soon, but the amount of gas we need will decline. And the smarter, more innovative and more productive we are, the faster demand for gas will decline.
Victoria has a winter gas problem, but many smart solutions. Somehow, though, we end up bogged down in debates about gas exploration and LNG gas terminals. It’s bizarre.
The gas industry marketing people chose an unfortunate example to promote its wares – cooking food.
Compressed air systems, often called ‘the fourth utility’ after electricity, gas and water and used in drying, assembly, blow moulding and paint spraying, are often shockingly inefficient.
Our electricity market was never fit for purpose, and the barriers to fundamental change are challenging and deeply ingrained in energy culture.
What happens beyond the immediate crisis will depend on how governments, business and households react. Here are some possibilities.
There is no longer time to take incremental action on climate change. What are the key actions policy makers must take in the next decade, and what’s needed to win the ‘fossil fuel word game’?
Scenarios and modelling is distorting the debate we need to have about energy and climate, and hiding what can be acheived.