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South Australia’s energy policy

Instead of the gas plant, Saddler wants to see the government back solar thermal with storage, even if existing proposals sit at a significantly higher price bracket, such as the $1.2 billion 170MW solar thermal tower proposal for Port Augusta

Renewables and South Australia’s power policy, The Saturday Paper, Max Opray , 18 Mar 17 “……Weatherill said the Frydenberg announcement of a reinvigorated Snowy Mountains hydro scheme showed the federal government was in a “white-knuckled panic” about energy policy. “It is a $2 billion admission that the national energy market has broken and there needs to be public investments to actually fix it up.”

And later, in the same answer: “It is a disgrace the way in which your government has treated our state.”

The showdown came after a week in which the Weatherill government had broken ranks with the National Electricity Market in declaring a “South Australia first” energy policy.

The state has endured a cursed run when it comes to keeping the lights on……

Most of these issues were not the fault of the South Australian energy grid’s high level of renewable energy penetration, but that hasn’t stopped the Turnbull government and other clean coal cheerleaders using the state as a cautionary tale about green energy. 

The February blackout was the only example where renewables were a factor, if only in that it was a demonstration of how the energy market can fail to manage them correctly. …..

Speaking at the Science Exchange in Adelaide, Weatherill unleashed an array of proposals including a new $150 million renewable technology fund – part of which has been earmarked for Australia’s largest battery storage system – plus $350 million for a government-built gas plant to sit on standby in case of emergency. There will also be changes to regulations that allow the state government to intervene in the energy market when required, a new energy security target that requires local retailers to use a certain proportion of South Australian power, and reforms that encourage fracking provided the gas is used in SA.

In a state facing further unemployment as the manufacturing sector declines, the plan also promises to add 630 jobs.

Weatherill wants the battery storage system up and running in time for summer – a deadline that won’t faze Elon Musk, the co-founder of battery storage producer Tesla, who famously bet on Twitter just over a week ago that he could solve South Australia’s power woes within 100 days of signing a contract. ……

The Weatherill government isn’t the only one with a 100MW battery storage announcement this week – Victoria followed up with its own $20 million tender, signalling that the long-promised solution to renewable intermittency has finally arrived in a commercially viable form…..

Instead of the gas plant, Saddler wants to see the government back solar thermal with storage, even if existing proposals sit at a significantly higher price bracket, such as the $1.2 billion 170MW solar thermal tower proposal for Port Augusta….. https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2017/03/18/renewables-and-south-australias-power-policy/14897556004370

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March 18, 2017 - Posted by | energy, South Australia

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