South Australia is heading to the polls in March.
The top issues?
According to a recent ‘Your Say’ survey of 3500 voters by the Sunday Mail, energy affordability and reliability is the key issue, followed by jobs and political leadership.
The three top issues go hand in hand.
South Australia has amongst the highest electricity price in the world, if not the highest.
According to this report by AEMO, SA’s power system capacity consists of 43% renewable energy. Mostly wind (30%). A decent percentage of solar (13%).
The chart below chart for July – Dec 2016 looks a the installed capacity compared to actual output after coal-fired power was closed down.
The intermittent sources on the left, wind and rooftop solar PV, output 34% and 16% of their respective capacity.
Prior to the closure of coal-fired plants, it looked like this:
So, what replaced the coal?
Mostly, more coal… from Victoria.
And the cost?
Meanwhile, Queensland, with the lowest wind capacity in Australia, averaged $65MWh last month.
Therein lies the issue. The energy policy trilemma: Affordable, reliable, low or zero-emissions intensity.
You can’t have all three, despite what some politicians claim.
The key takeaway from the survey results; to be environmentally sustainable, solutions first need to be economically sustainable.
Read more below…
Sunday Mail Your Say, SA survey finds South Australians abandoning support for tackling climate change
Adelaide Now | 9 December 2017 | Paul Starick
SOUTH Australians are abandoning support for tackling climate change by cutting carbon emissions in favour of demanding affordable and reliable electricity supply and developing a renewable energy industry.