Scomo’s 300 Year Climate Change Action Plan

 

Key things:

climate change action plan

  • Scomo’s climate change action plan to reach zero-net emissions within Australia isn’t scheduled for another 300 years!
  • The Paris climate change agreement is a loose guideline instead of a clear path.
  • Gas will be used as a ‘filler resource’ until renewables become more stable for the main grid.

It can be hard (and boring) to keep up with what Australia is doing to fight climate change. State leaders and the prime minister often, and purposely, use confusing terminology to encourage us to glaze over some of the choices made about Australia and its future in renewable energy.

So, what is it that we need to know about Scott Morrison’s recent climate change action plan announcement?

David Speers’ interview with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison uncovered some very interesting, disturbing and outright clumsy aspects of the government’s recent climate plan. A plan that simply put, won’t actually aim to hit anywhere close to zero emissions for another 300 years!

But What About The Paris Climate Change Agreement?

Gas Plant burning
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Signed by over 195 nations, including Australia, the Paris climate change agreement aimed to align nations around the world under the same goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.  

With blurry guidelines set to “achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals of sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century,” the agreement poses more of a rough guide than an actual agreement.

As a result, Scomo has definitely read between the lines on his recent announcement that Australia will aim for net-zero emissions by the year 2300! Almost 250 years later than the original and necessary 2050 target.

So Why The Heck Is Gas In The New Climate Change Action Plan?

As part of the new climate change action plan, Scott Morrison intends to use gas as a ‘filler resource’ until renewable sources become stable enough for the main grid.

In what can only be described as honest confusion, Scomo intends to fill the gap between fossil fuels and green energy with more fossil fuels…

In the famous ‘gas chose itself’ quote, Scomo announced that a 1000 megawatt gas-fired power station would be built as a means to help ease the transition.

So, What Does This Mean?

This recent announcement just shows how Australia is dragging its feet when it comes to the transition to renewables.

Keeping in mind, the only way to maintain the planets 1.5 degree rise is by reaching net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Any other goal poses significant impact to human life.

Reluctance to develop a clear, simplistic way out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy only increases the potential for chaos.

With the rest of the world drastically ahead of the renewable game, Australia seems to be the kid in the playground that has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do the right thing.

The Good News

Although these recent announcements have been a setback for the renewable industry, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Various government grants and schemes are still available when installing renewable energy sources, such as solar. If you are ready to invest in renewable energy, unlike our current Government, then take our 2-minute solar quiz and find out what KW solar system is perfect for your property type.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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