NSW’s demand reduction scheme offers sensible and practical policies to deal with rising peak demand – an approach that should be embraced by other state governments.
This summer’s load shedding tell us that NEM institutions and policy makers are not yet focused on what can be done to reduce and manage demand before considering supply side options.
Australia is the developed world’s worst performer in energy efficiency, but a focused scheme could save the output equivalent of 4.5 Liddell coal generators by 2030.
A detailed review of Australia’s main grid for 2018 shows a big increase in renewables, gains in efficiency, lower demand, and a substantial fall in emissions.
On top of that, the $150 average annual household saving the ESB claims is due to the NEG is illusory, and based on heroic demand assumptions.
One of the perverse design features of the NEG is that it supports gas-fired generation and old hydro, but excludes rooftop solar.
ESB modelling is false and misleading, claiming credit for projects already in pipeline. The latest NEG outline also penalises rooftop solar and large scale solar, does crazy things with offsets and will end up lifting prices.
New target equates to an effective level of rooftop solar PV installations of 1140MW in 2018 plus approximately 67,000 solar hot water systems.
While 2017 was a record year for solar PV in Australia, it will be completely put in the shade by what we’re likely to install in 2018.
The 2017 Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme target has been revealed. So what does this mean for solar installs?