Australian news, and some related international items

AUDIO – Australia using less electricity, renewables increasingly supplying baseload power

Electricity demand falling in Australia ABC Radio David Mark reported this story on Monday, August 13, 2012   Listen to MP3 of this story ( minutes) MARK COLVIN: A new report shows demand for new electricity generation in Australia is slowing down.

Across the country the demand for new baseload power generators has been pushed back by around four years. What’s more, that baseload power is being increasingly supplied by renewables like wind and gas, which produce less CO2 than coal.

One expert in the electricity market says reasons for the reduced demand include greater efficiency in electronic goods, consumer education and an increasing number of rooftop solar panels.

David Mark reports. DAVID MARK: There’s a strange disconnect going on in the debate about electricity prices in Australia. We’re all paying more for our electricity. And we’re being told we have to because of the need for more infrastructure. And yet…

HUGH SADLER: For the last four or five years we’ve seen no growth inthe consumption of electricity in Australia. ….


August 14, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

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