Total emissions from electricity generation in the year to February 2016 showed a slight uptick from the relatively slow growth seen over the past few months.
Australia’s electricity generation and emissions rising because there are no efficiency policies of note, and coal is maintaining its share of generation.
2015 saw continued growth in total electricity generated in the NEM and also a modest increase in total emissions.
Rooftop solar played an important role in reducing peak demand during the recent heat waves, but there should be more emphasis on energy efficiency and west-facing solar systems.
Australia’s energy emissions are changing at about the rate required, but going away from the target, not towards it.
Generation from rooftop solar is growing quickly and makes a material difference to the apparent trend in electricity demand.
NEM demand charts another monthly rise, driven by Queensland’s coal seam gas extraction industry. Meanwhile, emissions fall slightly as gas falls and wind rises.
The ALP’s 50% renewables promise has drawn the expected response from government about rising electricity prices. But what would the impact really be?
If you look at the carbon tax as an experiment, there are four main conclusions you can draw from its results, 12 months after the price was removed.
Current freeze on new regulations, and lack of action at national level, will lead to rising demand, and an increase in energy emissions.