Australia’s energy transition is so intense that it’s not uncommon for news to break out from time to time about a new clean energy-related project, or about historic lows in energy demand that are beating others. records which, not long before, were also historic. With this trajectory, it is not surprising that a recent survey by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) concluded that this country could complete its energy transition in 2030, to be supplied 100% from renewable sources.
This is the main conclusion of the study ‘100% renewable network by 2030“ (100% renewable energy grid by 2030) in which, yes, it is proposed that in order to achieve this, Australia to start new march to pace with installation of solar and wind energy collection systems. Concretely, the acceleration should be 80% compared to the levels recorded in 2017. If, on the contrary, the trend of installation carried out throughout 2017 continues, reaching the 93,330 megawatts necessary for the national market of l 100% renewable electricity would not be possible before 2040.
According to the study’s author, analyst Andrew Reddaway, authorities should not leave open the possibility that this goal could be postponed for a decade. “Australia must prepare a suitable plan to complete its energy transition and implement it”, says the expert, who calls on security and cost reasons to bet on a complete transition by 2030. “It’s cheaper and less risky than building new plants”, says the report, which bases its findings on reviewing recent data from the Australian National University, as well as the latest Australian trends and initiatives, with projects such as the Snowy Hydro 2.0, a hydroelectric pumping station in the Snowy Mountains.
And, as the Alternative Technology Association assures us, Australia’s transition to 2030 should be accompanied by this new pace of clean energy capture facilities, but also infrastructure such as Snowy Hydro for energy storage. , as well as power lines. additional transmission.
The effort, however, would be worth it, in the opinion of this study, for the turn it takes in itself and also for the costs involved. “Electricity from new coal-fired power stations could cost between $ 81 and $ 182 per megawatt hour”, specifies the author of the document, which also brings the cost between 102 and 203 dollars, if one takes into account the impacts on health and the climate.
Faced with the above, “On a fully renewable electricity grid, electricity would cost around $ 93 per megawatt hour”concludes the expert in a post which the ATA hopes will be taken into account by the Australian authorities. “Decisions should not be left in the hands of companies that are motivated by short-term profits, as this could lead to a poor system.”warns the collective.