Energy Insiders Podcast October 27

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How wind, solar and storage will beat coal

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The builder of the world-leading wind, solar and battery storage facility in north Queensland says renewables will easily beat coal in costs and flexibility, and relying on a coal-fired grid would make Australia uncompetitive.

Roger Price is the CEO of Windlab, which is building the Kennedy energy park, with 43MW of wind, 15MW of solar and 4MWh of storage.

It’s a world first, and one that Price says could – with the addition of some extra storage – easily meet network demand, much more efficiently than “baseload.”

But in this interview with Energy Insiders, Price raises concerns about the proposed National Energy Guarantee, which he says will create yet more investment uncertainty and cause prices to rise further.

He also says storage does not need to be co-located with wind and solar plants,and might be better placed near the point of demand, and is concerned that policies should reflect and allow that.

And he gives some fascinating insight into how “Big Kennedy”, a massive 1200MW plant west of Townsville, could play a key role in transforming the state’s electricity grid.

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