A peak at Australia's energy potential

Renewable energy mixes can provide the same reliability in meeting demand as the existing fossil-fuelled system. We just need to get the planning right.

A recent contribution to the debate over electricity futures for Australia comes from the Grattan Institute report ‘No quick fix for Australia’s future energy challenge’. Some of the points it makes are important. For instance, Grattan shows that we cannot rely solely on fuel switching to gas-fired electricity to achieve all our emissions reductions. I would restate this as saying that, although there may be a temporary role of gas for fuelling some peak-load power stations during the transition to an ecologically sustainable energy future based on the efficient use of renewable energy, it would be a mistake to convert base-load coal to base-load gas.


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