Why bring a polluting gas plant back into central Sydney when you can get a better emissions result with renewables and aircon upgrades?
If clean coal/gas and CCS can be used an excuse to hang on to fossil fuel plants, let’s bring lab-based renewables into the equation too.
An upcoming paper from AGL seeks to demonise the merit order effect. But a transfer of wealth from generators to consumers can’t be that bad.
Investment in wind energy has seen SA go from having the highest-cost wholesale electricity in Australia to the lowest – and has lowered emissions, too.
Both coal plants and wind farms face opposition from those who have to live nearby. But which would you rather have as a neighbour?
Critics of the concept of a world run on renewables argue the technology is not up to the task. But what is the alternative?
Australia should get over its embarrassment of “forgetting” about peak oil by using subsidies to boost the production of EVs.
Germany could increase its solar capacity 5-fold, without subsidies. It would redefine the cost of abatement of green incentives.
Grandiose, grants-based schemes are not working for solar. It’s time for a broad-based feed-in-tariff.