Australia’s progress towards renewable energy superpower
Australia glows orange on this map because we have outstanding winds and sun. We also have vast mineral deposits.
These fantastic resources are basically why Australia’s companies and states are investing in renewable energy at speed, at such a pace that it seems that a renewable energy gold rush is on, and Australia is becoming a renewable energy superpower.
This website highlights what we have already achieved, our progress toward the superpower vision. It is critical information.
Using the superpower vision and our progress
The vision and progress can counter extreme claims about this transition, like claiming that the transition will lead to a recession, as our progress shows the opposite. For example, South Australia now produces 60% of its electricity from wind and sun and has:
- reduced wholesale electricity prices from the highest of the states to the lowest,
- increased reliability,
- decreased emissions,
- saved 1,200 jobs by keeping Whyalla steelworks open, and
- begun work on eventually producing zero-emissions steel.
The vision and progress can also motivate and excite people because it:
- offers an attainable, attractive future, and
- contributes to global attempts to limit climate change.
More detail on using the superpower vision and our progress
Do read about this progress.
- State governments are powering into renewable energy
- Companies are leaping at renewable energy opportunities
- Renewables are supporting energy-intensive industries: processing minerals
- We’re already exporting renewable energy
- We’re supplying renewable energy equipment & solutions
- Driver: Renewable energy costs plummeting & big batteries
- Driver: Australia’s renewable energy advantages
Vicious heating feedback cycles
In this cycle, heating reduces the phytoplankton population, which increases heating. These sorts of vicious feedback cycles of “heating leading to more heating” could end life as we know it on our planet.
The feedback cycle of progress leading to more progress
|More confidence in a vision||———->||More effort to reach the vision|
|.||More progress towards the vision||.|
Fortunately, there is also a virtuous feedback cycle that we can foster:
- more confidence in a vision tends to increase efforts to reach the vision,
- more effort tend to increase progress towards the vision, and
- more progress towards the vision tends to increase confidence in the vision, forming a virtuous feedback cycle.
We have the technology to act on climate and need the will to act. Promoting our vision and progress can develop this motivation. People like to be in a team that’s kicking goals.
The name “Feedback reigns”
These feedback cycles are causal processes that can escalate or limit the heating of our climate system. Feedback is key to understanding many systems, which led me to this website’s name, “Feedback reigns”.
A talk on Australia’s progress
The progress presented here has excited people who’ve been discouraged or tuned out of the forever climate wars.
Slogans presenting vision and progress
Updated 3 March 2021