1. It Is Possible That Australia Could Become 100% Renewable By 2030?
Australia already has significant levels of solar, wind, hydro and storage currently in operation. Add to this all the renewables projects in the pipeline and 2030 could see Australia 100% renewable. However, building the generation, the power plants, is only part of a far more complex equation. Where energy transition is concerned, it’s not simply a matter of building wind and solar farms. The tangled transition web.
2. LNP Electric Vehicle Strategy Hot Air Only?
Australia has a poor reputation when it comes to the uptake of electric vehicles. It was anticipated that the Morrison government would provide a detailed electric vehicle strategy with their Climate Solutions Package back in February. A one-page non-committal acknowledgment was delivered instead. Now it appears the Federal LNP will ensure we wait till mid-2020 before we hear any more on the subject. It’s no wonder EV vehicle manufacturers are particularly uninspired by any short term potential in Australian EV markets. EV transition less than electric.
3. Australia’s International Energy Transition Report Card. Resounding F’s…
The Morrison government clings desperately to coal and does its best to convince us that coal is an economic imperative in Australia. Further to this, Morrison et al continue to tell their constituents that the pursuit of ambitious renewable energy targets will be the cause of Australia’s economic downfall and the end of the Australian lifestyle. It would seem this ‘attitude’ drives reality and perception, ensuring Australia remains at the bottom of her renewable potential relative to other advanced wealthy nations. Report card here. With charts.
4. News From Abroad. Coal No Longer Competitive in the US by 2025
Right now in the USA, 75% of coal power is already more expensive to produce than renewables. By 2025, despite Trump’s coal sympathies, nearly all coal power production will be unable to compete with renewable energy. This prediction is even more interesting considering that the institutional (financial) support for coal, oil and gas since the Paris agreement is estimated to be as much as 1.9 trillion USD. USA and Australian incumbent leadership parallels?
5. All Electric Airline. Yes, the Planes Too
We are all well aware that flying in the modern age is a supremely safe way to get about the globe quickly. Would you feel just as safe in an all-electric plane? They’re coming. Harbour Air operates the largest all-seaplane fleet in North America. In partnership with electric aviation company MagniX, Harbour Air intends to convert their 30 seaplanes to electric. The first plane to undergo the aircraft heart transplant will be a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, six-passenger commercial aircraft. Zero emissions flight. Already.
6. Global Oil and Gas Deception
Much has been written about the big oil and gas companies acknowledging the transition and the need for transition to renewables. They have budgets and a language to demonstrate and acknowledge their climate concern and responsibilities. However, a British think tank has shown that these fossil fuel juggernauts spend roughly $200 million a year trying to delay or alter climate and energy rules. It would appear that big oil and gas are happy to say one thing and do another. Fossil fuel honesty?
7. The World’s Energy Transition Stagnated?
Amidst the doom and gloom reporting of climate change consequences, we still get plenty of good news about global progress toward relegating fossil fuels to carbon history. However, the World Economic Forum has released a study saying that our progress and good work has stalled. They suggest that there has been little or no progress in the last 5 years. It would appear that we are simply not doing enough relative to what needs to be done. Sobering stats.
8. Propping Up Coal Spooks Renewables Investors
When the ACCC recommends the Feds don’t prop up coal, and then the Feds subsequently decide they will, renewables investors take confidence hit. There are truckloads of renewables investors waiting in the wings to make a serious dollar on clean energy. However, these cashed up renewables investors become particularly nervous when the government announces it will prop up ailing coal. Few wish to invest in a market where the government vigorously supports the companies they will be competing against. Not such a level playing field.
9. Solar. As Safe as Houses
Industry safety and quality regulators have never forgotten the pink batts fiasco of the Rudd government for which Peter Garrett took the political fall. It is clearly evident the speedy roll-out of rooftop solar has avoided such an ignominious fate. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said, “…[solar] safety and quality continues to improve, and is more heavily scrutinised than most other sectors across the country.” He points out that the vast majority of solar customers enjoy a positive solar transaction. Retail solar looking good for consumers!
10. This Week’s Video. Sun Farming
Farmers farm. They grow beef, wheat, milk, lamb, corn, etc…and the very long list goes on. What happens when the vast swathes of land they have used to grow produce are no longer usable or economically viable. Well, farmers should do what they have always done. Farm. Why not farm the sun! This sounds like a brilliant idea for Australia. Watch this clip from the USA.
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