Climate Newsletter 3 June 2018

Newsletter from Jenny Goldie
President Climate Action Monaro

The renewables revolution was outlined in detail by Australian National University Professor Andrew Blakers in his appearance before the “NSW Select Committee on Electricity Supply, Demand and Prices”.  He argues that 100 per cent renewable energy is possible with back-up storage (pumped hydro or batteries) and demand management.  His evidence, in the above transcript  of proceedings, starts on page 53.  It’s worthwhile reading, believe me.

The Fairfax media, in contrast to Murdoch media, has been very good on climate change. Even so, it was touching to read the Sydney Morning Herald’s economic editor, Ross Gittins, berating himself for not doing much more, given, he says, climate change is the most pressing economic problem we face.

In the same vein, Kane Thornton of the Clean Energy Council railed against the lack of a clear climate and energy policy, and called for an end to the ‘energy wars’.

If you’re worried about dry paddocks now, winter is not going help much. For this part of the country, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicts winter will be warm and dry. Meanwhile, Mountainwatch says it will be wetter in the Alps but whether that translates as snow is another matter.

There’s no doubt we’re in the midst of a renewable energy revolution with North Queensland being ahead of the game in approving large-scale wind and solar projects. The Clean Energy Council’s report  for this year shows Queensland as a whole way ahead of the other states in new projects.

The Australia Institute corroborates all this with a National Energy Emissions Audit by its energy expert Hugh Saddler. The Audit shows that the capacity of large-scale solar generation tripled between March and early May, and that South Australia became a net energy exporter for the first time in March, selling the state’s abundant wind-generated power into Victoria.

And for the best laugh you will get all year, watch this video about the federal government’s energy policy.

The rapidly changing dynamics of Australia’s grid
South Australia becomes net electricity exporter for first time, 12 new wind and solar farms were added, the amount of large-scale solar tripled, and rooftop PV kept a lid on demand.

Wind and solar slashing corporate energy costs by 40%
Company behind new “Renewable Energy Hub” says wind, solar clearly delivering electricity at 40% discount from the grid.

Turn up the heat, turn down the productivity
Global climate models predict a decline in ocean net primary production. This is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide that phytoplankton take in to photosynthesize and the amount that is released by the phytoplankton during metabolism.

Renewables smash records in 2017, but 2018/19 will be bigger
CEC report details record-breaking year for solar, wind, batteries in Australia – and “just a glimpse” of unprecedented level activity expected in next two.

NEG target in cross-hairs as CEC, SEC call for more ambition
Clean Energy Council and Smart Energy Council call for high emissions reduction targets, as Frydenberg promises no change to the party room.

Subsidies helped wind and solar mature in Europe. Now they’re thriving on their own
New renewable energy projects are counting on turning a profit without governments subsidising their output.

ACT government to install 50 EV charging stations
ACT to install 50 EV charging stations on government sites across Canberra as part of nation-leading effort to decarbonise city’s transport sector.

Land-clearing wipes out $1bn taxpayer-funded emissions gains
Official data shows forest-clearing released 160m tonnes of carbon dioxide since 2015

Why there will be no new petrol cars sold in Australia by 2027
Robert Dean
Within 10 years, the only ICE vehicles of any value will be rare classics from the days when Australian’s loved their cars. Here’s why.

The coming wave of climate displacement
Not since 1951 has the international community produced a treaty to protect the legal status of the world’s refugees. Now, two agreements are currently under discussion at the United Nations, and each offers a rare opportunity to protect global migrants from the biggest source of displacement today.


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