Energy in Australia: Is it the same as electricity?
Electricity – also known as power – is only one component of total energy consumption. The other two constituents are transport and heating. Making electricity cleaner is highly important because transport and heating are currently much harder to decarbonise. So, clean electricity is the most feasible way to start reducing emissions from this sector.
However, Australia’s COVID-19 recovery plan seems to focus on replacing coal with gas. In other words, the country is changing from one fossil fuel to another instead of increasing renewable energy capacity. For instance, its 2021-2022 budget allocates AUD $52.9 million to gas infrastructure projects. Moreover, another AUD $30 million will be invested in a new gas-fired power station in New South Wales.
Australia’s electricity: Can CCS technologies justify a future of gas dependency?
Unfortunately, Australia’s electricity is currently not as clean. Therefore, the more electricity it consumes, the more CO2 emissions, impacting climate change. Additionally, clean power becomes even more urgent because long-term projections expect Australia’s electricity demand to increase by about 50 per cent by 2030.
Coal is Australia’s main source of electricity, and it appears that a transition away from it will only lead to gas becoming more dominant. This is despite the country’s existing capacity and feasibility to develop low-carbon sources. Although small-scale renewable energy initiatives are growing, investments in gas seem to have much more financial support from the government. This is despite that renewables are not only cleaner but also cheaper. Therefore, decarbonising Australia’s electricity is a win-win for both consumers and the environment.
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