WE ARE SAVED !!!
..or so our PM says..
Australian Federal government has announced a big about face on energy ( Electricity generation) policy.
Basically , they will abandon the CET ( Clean Energy Target), stop all subsidies and tax concessions to RE generators,.AND insist that energy retailers must guarantee continuity of supply including base load.(.for night times and bad weather), called the NEG ( National Energy Guarantee)
All to be overseen by the ESB.. ( Energy Security Board ) ..Dont you love all these TLA s !
This they claim will reduce the cost of electricity bills to the average consumer by up to Au$115 pa..by 2030 !
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-17/c ... al/9057026
Sounds good, but....of course this is only a Fed Gov bill that will need approval of all states to proceed...which will need some good fortune to happen !
Obviously this is no more than a political gesture to win a few minds and gain a breathing space , in response to the National outcry over the huge rise in Electricity prices.
If its blocked by interstate politics ( as is likely) our slimy PM will simply say he tried, but the opposition prevented him reducing prices.
But, at least it might just raise the reality of our energy issues to a national discussion level !
Yeah its a good start, but as far as I know they are still keeping existing commitments like RET which dies out in 2020, but apparently its mostly done with the target of generation of 33,000 GWh in 2020, it was probably originally meant to then start a new generation goal but thats now off the table considering how the rest of the world's emission targets are completely failing.
Also, the subsidies for renewables continue into 2020 as well, as far as I understand it. It's complicated and not all officially signed in yet so we have to wait and see, I think the government is really just putting their toe in the water to see the public reaction of going more in line of what the rest of the world is doing, but its mostly up to the ABC to make up the minds of what most Australians will choose to think.
I like this line from that ABC article
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill denounced the plan as a "complete victory for the coal industry".
What should be done is have South Australia severed from the interestate grid where it gets so much of its real electricty from Victorian coal, what a parasite mindset of a state government. I think if South Australia was cut off from Victorian coal they would change their mind.
I couldn't believe what numbskulls were saying on Facebook/Twitter about NEG. It was this constant line of "Oh so Australia is going to ditch its clean energy commitments while the rest of the world continues with their commitments? OMG, Australians are so backwards, blah blah
And I could help but just wonder what cave do they live in? Well I assume its a cave secluded from the rest of the world but with airconditioning and a constant feed of baloney from ABC news, as ABC always pound Australians about its Paris accord commitments while quite literally the rest of the world ignores them as well reported in this respected Nature.com article.
Article Quote "Beyond US President Donald Trump's decision in June to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a more profound challenge to the global climate pact is emerging. No major advanced industrialized country is on track to meet its pledges to control the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.
Wishful thinking and bravado are eclipsing reality. "
https://www.nature.com/news/prove-paris ... es-1.22378
All major industrialized countries are failing to meet the pledges they made to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, but at least the USA has been upfront about it.
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-ima ... 77cf1a0e63
Australia is just as aligned to its o2 emission targets than any other major country except maybe countries like Denmark where its biggest export is windturbines etc.
This article out today from TheAustralian url below. So far its probably dug as deep as we can get on National Energy Guarantee (NEG), its a chunky article so I copy and pasted some of the more interesting bits.
Basically it points out the madness of covering up large amounts of land that can sustain forests with solar farms when it should really just be instead used for co2 sequestration and the NEG aims to help rectify this because so far most of the planned solar farms are being built on top of farms and where forests could exist due to the convenience of nearby transmission towers like the Gympie solar farm which could be perfect forest but instead is going to be covered in solar panels. This new solar farm is going to quite literally
sit in between two state forests.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/m ... ld/8451774
https://goo.gl/maps/mhaHUigfhNP2 https://goo.gl/maps/LfA8jW97LkC2 https://goo.gl/maps/aBbgdbJwgVx
It's continued proof that they don't give a stuff about the environment and just want to make money out of it.
All the major science sites are all over this new
study for reforestation as a major part of the co2 solution, and it makes perfect sense.
Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.
https://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pre ... change.xml
Article Quote "Nature could cost-effectively deliver over a third of greenhouse gas emissions reductions required to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. This is equivalent to a complete stop to the burning of oil worldwide.
So many solar farms I see in Europe sit on the greenest lush grass I have ever seen, to me it's just silly. This means of course that its an area ideal for trees
for proper co2 sequestration.
The latest CO2 mapping satellites from NASA like NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) are showing just how much co2 is being sequestered by photosynthesis during the northern hemisphere summers.