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20pc of Australia’s electricity demand with zero emission energy sources by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2030, “no probs, mate”, says Australian wind lobby

Posted by gmarkets on 26 September, 2007

It was possible to meet 20pc of Australia’s electricity demand with zero emission energy sources by 2020 and 30pc by 2030, Dominique La Fontaine, CEO of lobby grouod, Auswind, said in a submission to The Owen Inquiry into the Electricity Supply in NSW.

La Fontaine argued wind power was baseload source of electricity, and “for variability and reserves, the issue is one of cost rather than a technical constraint”. It cited a Frontier Economics modeling report (commissioned by Auswind) which showed the cost to the economy of setting a single, national target that will meet 20pc of Australia’s electricity demand with zero emission energy sources by 2020 and 30pc by 2030.

No capital subsidies;“Achievement of these targets would stabilise emissions from the stationary sector at today’s levels. The modelling exercise, which included solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, carbon capture and storage coal technology and clean gas, also shows how on a state by state basis these technologies would compete on a level playing field, with no capital subsidies, enabling the most cost effective to be built to meet demand.”

Reference: Auswind Submission to Owen Inquiry into the Electricity Supply in NSW. Australian WInd Energy Association, Suite 2, Level 6, 330 Colins St, Melbourne Vic 3001 Phone: (03)9670 2033 Email: info@auswind.org Website: http://www.auswind.org

Erisk Net, 29/6/2007

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