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ACT to target 100% renewable power by 2020

By Charlotte Harper - 29 April 2016 124

Simon Corbell

The ACT will target 100% renewable energy use by 2020, five years earlier than previously announced, cementing its position as a world leader in the commitment to renewables.

To meet the 100% target the government will expand its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to the value for money of the proposals brought forward, according to ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell.

“Adding an extra 91MW of renewables to our current auction process will allow us to take advantage of the record low prices and significant local investment we have achieved in our recent auctions,” Mr Corbell said.

Legislation will be introduced to change the ACT’s feed-in-tariff legislation to accommodate the extra capacity required to meet the new target.

Canberrans will see a significant increase in the power bills in the first year as a result of the move to renewables, peaking at around $5.50 per household per week, but Mr Corbell says that will drop off over time and will be largely offset by energy savings from mandated energy efficiency measures.

The Minister said that with the current auction process underway, the ACT would have secured enough renewable energy to meet its previous 90% renewable energy target by 2020 while demonstrating that the switch to renewables was both achievable and affordable.

“As leaders in the renewable energy field the ACT is reaping the environmental and economic benefits of decarbonisation,” he said.

“Not only are we providing clean power for the people of Canberra, we are also delivering jobs and economic benefits by securing $400 million in local investment through our reverse auction process.

“Taking the extra step to 100% at this time lets us take advantage of favourable market conditions to lock in great long-term prices for Canberrans. It also ensures we can meet our emission reduction targets if the Commonwealth’s policy framework for its Renewable Energy Target continues to falter.”

The Government’s reverse auction process has driven down the price of wind and solar energy to record lows. These reductions mean that the latest estimated price for 100% renewables in line with the estimates set out in Climate Change Action Plan 2 for achieving 90% renewables.

“I am confident we can reach this highly ambitious target in the next four years, which will certainly place the territory at the forefront of the renewable energy target rankings,” Mr Corbell said.

File photo of Simon Corbell by Charlotte Harper

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dungfungus 12:21 pm 05 Jun 16

For the past 2 days Canberra has experienced “CCC” weather conditions.
That is: Calm, Cloud and Cold.
That means no solar, no wind power and excess energy consumption.
So Mr. Corbell, what are your contingency plans to ensure we maintain 100% renewable supply under these conditions?

dungfungus 10:09 am 28 May 16

rosscoact said :

rommeldog56 said :

Lurker2913 said :

agent_clone said :

I have refereed to “local” warming, not global warming unless you mean “warming repeatedly” and “cooling repeatedly” which I agree it does over many thousands of years.
Are you now going to ignore the ice ages?
You really are getting desperate now.

Leaving aside the question of what this post actually means, I wonder if you could ask yourself –
– Do global climate changes happen because someone somewhere decides to press the “ice age” button?
– Do you think it’s possible that ice ages occur as a result of a combination of insolation and atmospheric composition?

Because science tells us the latter is true.
And research into the history of climate changes allows those scientists to calculate the effects of CO2.
And those calculations tell us that we are halfway to the CO2 level that will give us anywhere between 1 and 6 degrees of global warming.
Last time (during the Pliocene) CO2 levels were the same as they are now, global temperature reached 3-4 degrees more than today and sea levels were 25 metres higher than now. And we don’t look like we’re stopping CO2 emissions any time soon. So we are locking in sea level rise which could make 25 metres look benign.

Dungers thinks this is something to joke about, I really don’t know why. Maybe he’s afraid?

You better notify Tim Flannery as he lives on the water’s edge in the Hawkesbury estuary.
It’s best to joke about it because few people take seriously given that nothing is happening with sea level rises to date. I used to be afraid of the Boogey Man when I was a child but these days the Boogey Man has been replaced by climate alarmists sprouting all their wild predictions.
In fact, Broulee Island not far from Canberra, is no longer an island which indicates sea levels could be falling.

Professor Flannery lives well above the waterline. No need to keep repeating the misleading characterisations of The Australian.
https://theconversation.com/bad-tidings-reporting-on-sea-level-rise-in-australia-is-all-washed-up-2639

Who funds The Conversation?
What about Broulee Island?

gazket 7:10 pm 13 May 16

There’s more chance of Bill Shorten loosing his man BooBs than the ACT being 100% renewal energy by 2020.

What are these “mandated energy efficiency measures”… are you going to ban the 4 bar heater and the 6 slice toaster.

pajs 4:40 pm 13 May 16

rommeldog56 said :

Lurker2913 said :

agent_clone said :

I have refereed to “local” warming, not global warming unless you mean “warming repeatedly” and “cooling repeatedly” which I agree it does over many thousands of years.
Are you now going to ignore the ice ages?
You really are getting desperate now.

Leaving aside the question of what this post actually means, I wonder if you could ask yourself –
– Do global climate changes happen because someone somewhere decides to press the “ice age” button?
– Do you think it’s possible that ice ages occur as a result of a combination of insolation and atmospheric composition?

Because science tells us the latter is true.
And research into the history of climate changes allows those scientists to calculate the effects of CO2.
And those calculations tell us that we are halfway to the CO2 level that will give us anywhere between 1 and 6 degrees of global warming.
Last time (during the Pliocene) CO2 levels were the same as they are now, global temperature reached 3-4 degrees more than today and sea levels were 25 metres higher than now. And we don’t look like we’re stopping CO2 emissions any time soon. So we are locking in sea level rise which could make 25 metres look benign.

Dungers thinks this is something to joke about, I really don’t know why. Maybe he’s afraid?

You better notify Tim Flannery as he lives on the water’s edge in the Hawkesbury estuary.
It’s best to joke about it because few people take seriously given that nothing is happening with sea level rises to date. I used to be afraid of the Boogey Man when I was a child but these days the Boogey Man has been replaced by climate alarmists sprouting all their wild predictions.
In fact, Broulee Island not far from Canberra, is no longer an island which indicates sea levels could be falling.

Professor Flannery lives well above the waterline. No need to keep repeating the misleading characterisations of The Australian.
https://theconversation.com/bad-tidings-reporting-on-sea-level-rise-in-australia-is-all-washed-up-2639

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