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Can we get to 90% renewable energy in 6 years???

By johnboy - 4 November 2013 73

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Simon Corbell has the terrifying news that he intends to drive the ACT economy to 90% renewable energy by the not-very-far-from-now date of 2020:

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the formal establishment in law of a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020.

“The renewable energy target will see 90% of electricity used in the ACT in 2020 coming from renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind or biomass, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by around 1.5 million tonnes in that year” Mr Corbell said.

“The 90% renewable energy target was foreshadowed in the ACT climate change policy, AP2, and will underpin efforts to achieve our greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Large-scale renewable energy projects announced to date include the FRV’s 20MW Royalla Solar Farm, Zhenfa’s 13MW Mugga Lane Solar Park and the 7MW OneSun Capital Solar Farm.

“These developments, subject to planning approval, will position the ACT as Australia’s Solar Capital and a national leader in solar innovation and investment.

While the removal of a carbon price will increase the cost of renewable energy to the ACT community this will be offset by recent technology and development cost reductions.

“We expect the cost of achieving the 90% renewable energy target to peak at around $5 per household per week in 2020. Even with this commitment to renewables Canberra is likely to maintain the lowest electricity prices in Australia.

One wonders where the huge biomass facility for still (non-windy) nights is going to go and what the neighbours will think of that…

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Can we get to 90% renewable energy in 6 years???
HiddenDragon 10:52 pm 04 Nov 13

I don’t imagine it will have quite the same resonance as “triple your rates” (which will still very much be an issue in 2016), but the restrictions on the types of electric water heaters which may be installed or replaced in ACT homes could become a difficult issue for the Government – particularly if the predictions of big increases in gas prices prove to be correct.

breda 8:41 pm 04 Nov 13

” the government’s modelling says it works out at $272 per household per annum peaking in 2020. ”
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The government’s modelling? Any chance they will release it for independent scrutiny? Because it defies the laws of mathematics.

Solar and wind are multiple times more expensive than conventional production – and they can’t be relied on. So they need 100% backup from conventional power sources. How on earth can producing 90% of power at multiple times the cost only result in $5 a week on our bills? It’s nonsense.

And where are they going to put thousands (because that’s what it would need) of windmills and solar panels in the next 7 years? Who is going to pay for them? How much will they cost?

What about the Nether Spotted Slow-worm that will inevitably be found on these sites? Gosh, nobody is thinking of the Slow-worm’s grandchildren here.

It’s utter bollocks. But as I said above, rest assured that an awful lot of our money will be required in the meantime so that these people can feel good about themselves.

Never mind what happened in Spain, and is now happening in the UK and Germany, thanks to these self-regarding fantasists. What does Simon Corbell know that Angela Merkel and David Cameron don’t?

He must be a Bear of Enormous Brain.

jonation 7:42 pm 04 Nov 13

if you do it on a net basis the government’s modelling says it works out at $272 per household per annum peaking in 2020. When it gets expensive is when you try and become self-reliant for your energy – the technology isn’t available for that yet. On a net basis sometimes you are >90%, sometimes less.

PantsMan 7:23 pm 04 Nov 13

This will be the last term of the Labor/Greens Government.

Thank God.

justsomeaussie 6:50 pm 04 Nov 13

Except the bit where we end up burning more coal because at night our solar won’t work but during the day we’ll over produce energy. Can’t turn gas power down easily to average out demand so that leaves us with keeping coal power plants going while using less, less polluting gas power plants.

Win win for no one.

Aeek 6:26 pm 04 Nov 13

If you limit it just to electricity production that is under ACT control, i.e. within the ACT, aren’t we well ahead of that already.

Solidarity 2:43 pm 04 Nov 13

Easy done.

Coal is renewable, it just takes quite a long time to renew….

Erg0 2:08 pm 04 Nov 13

Reprobate said :

“a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020.”

Just like “No Waste by 2010”?

Bwahahahahaha…

I look forward to the resultant slogan being painted over in six years’ time.

watto23 1:56 pm 04 Nov 13

MERC600 said :

Time to haul out the maps and find another joint to wither away. Don’t appreciate being treated as a lab rat.

Yeah because burning coal in another state doesn’t affect us in the least 🙂

thebrownstreak69 1:50 pm 04 Nov 13

Grandstanding pretending to be policy.

Thumper 1:49 pm 04 Nov 13

90%? In seven years you say????

Yes… Step away very slowly….

breda 1:48 pm 04 Nov 13

Reprobate – snap!

breda 1:42 pm 04 Nov 13

Just like No Waste By 2010?

Pipe dreams and unicorns. But we are going to be slugged hard in the wallet for them.

Reprobate 1:41 pm 04 Nov 13

“a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020.”

Just like “No Waste by 2010”?

Bwahahahahaha…

MERC600 1:30 pm 04 Nov 13

Time to haul out the maps and find another joint to wither away. Don’t appreciate being treated as a lab rat.

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