Why Australia’s booming renewable energy Disruptors: Smart power - BBC News 2 days ago   07:03

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The world’s current plan to slow global warming is the Paris agreement – signed by more than 170 countries in 2016.
Under that deal Australia pledged to reduce its emissions by 26 percent, of 2005 levels by 2030.
Most of Australia’s carbon emissions come from four areas of our economy – transport, industry, agriculture, and electricity.

Electricity makes up about 34 percent of our emissions… and they’re trending down. That’s because there’s been a decrease in gas and coal fired power… and a boom in renewables.
But now renewable projects are starting to hit hurdles.

Stephanie March investigates for Four Corners.

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Philip Thomas
Tim Bozza
Correction to the intro:
There has been an increase in gas fired power generation, not a decrease as this news reporter incorrectly asserted as fact. That's one of the main reason for reduced emissions given the reduced CO2 to power produced ratio.
Andrew Sandry
Or just make it legal for people too use solar power without connecting too the grid, but that will not happen because it helps people not government
It should be called NBN 2 and not Snowy 2. It takes more power to pump the water into the reservoirs than it will make letting it back through the turbines. Another white elephant thanks to the LNP, but people keep voting for them.
Engr. Rushd
Mega Project Uncertainty. Rapid Global Economic Change. Outdated Grid Who and When to be decided ???
Calvin Yzerman
Solar Power has never been more affordable ☀
Congratulations Australia. You got yourself just about the most expensive electricity in the world, an unreliable system with constant brown outs and black outs, and your chief scientist has admitted that it won't make any noticeable difference to global temperature. As a country with huge uranium deposits, you missed out on the opportunity to get cheaper, 100% reliable power, with zero emissions. This is what happens when politicians put dogma before science.
Fractured O1
The issue for the AEMO related grid is that the bills do not explain the breakdown of where percentage of the charges are going. In 2018 second quarter connected all states (and the ACT) linked had the largest percentage by far on the retailer.

This meant generation, transmission / network charges were different depending on the location. I have not seen the latest stats.
Current renewable tech (solar and wind) is not a reliable source of base load power. So the renewable industry want a big battery like snowy hydro to mask this fact so they can keep pandering to the government for more tax payer subsidies and claim its a real solution for securing Australia power generation. At least there was a some kernel of truth to this pretty vacuous story with the guy at the end saying that if coal fire power stations closed tomorrow then we are basically screwed for a few decades. Germany found that out pretty quickly and are now reopening their coal and gas power stations. They know its folly until there is a revolutionary step (not evolutionary) in battery tech or we can somehow control the weather so the wind continually blows and the sun continually shines. You can tell the ABC are trying their very best to adhere to their renewable narrative but the truth continued to poke its head out.
T Aickin
Power needs pushed down the lines like water solar is a fail as on large scale you lose to much power buy the time it gets there.Hydro is the why to go ,here in NZ we built big Dams 50-60 years ago and are still going strong today
Our Emissions are not an issue our issue is not building more coal power stations. Renewables are the most expensive ways to make power as they dont always make power. Canada and Germanys power prices are so high due to taking up renewables. Without subsides renewables will not exist as a business. All this solar and what powers us at night, coal.
mark hayes
More coal stations need to be build, solar panels will all need to be replaced in another 10 years and only work during daylight hours, a huge environmental disaster. Coals stations are the cheapest China's building 3 new stations every month and India is building 4, there taking all the coal we can ship.
Robert Hirsch
this is all blah blah....solar is obviously the way in australia. the bottom line is that coal, oil and gas get 4 billion a year in subsidies and solar gets 75 million. coal gets 82% of subsidies for the "clean coal" project. insanity. just designate few huge sectors of the country for solar. investors buy lots withing those sectors and the government pays for the transmission infrastructure. massive employment for private industry and government in creating this. diversion of insane subsidy waste from dirty energy to clean.
Brian Port
I’ve got solar, love it! But all this climate change is a load of nonsense, see where the money goes..someone’s making billions ..
They will bring a solar panel tax next for home owners that are self sufficient...
Nigel Weir
Government need a kick up the backside , but grid limitations are not a problem . Don’t see problems see Solutions
Nigel Weir
Big oil, coal and gas bye bye
Matt Connolly
Global warming??? Try Grand Solar Minimum. Get with it.. do your research the Sun plays a bigger role on Climate change than we do obviously! The suns solar activity is lowering. Its natural and its happened before. But they litterally make sm money off of this Gobal warming agenda. Why stop now?!?!? Believe it or not. Its upto you lol
Neo liberal ideology is not fitting well with public infrastructure but it is filling the pockets from the people in charge btw are Firefighters privatized too? If NO why? Just ask yourself
David Gagnon
solar WILL win in the future. The investors just like the immediate returns from the monopolies. A smart investor will wait until everyone else invests and pays for the startup tech and invest when they see an incline. Solar WILL WIN MASSIVELY and very soon. Part of the problem is power companies trying their best to slow solar because they know what is coming. They DO NOT want people to have solar independence.
just a thought
Funny solar and wind power plants are made overseas , so that helps our green house gas production (not theirs ) . Haven't found a wind /solar power plant that lasts much after 10 years when the government money runs out . And wind/solar aren't 24/7 operations .Coal is 24/7 operation . Build more efficient coal fire plants that last at lest 100 years or more with upgrades .
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