During a three day workshop held at ANU recently, experts from a broad range of backgrounds discussed the future of the electricity system. The following statement has been prepared to inform both federal and state policy, in order to deliver an equitable and clean system.
Electricity transmission, storage and market reform required now to achieve emissions targets
50 energy experts gathered for a three day symposium at the Australian National University last week to discuss the latest research on the role of renewable energy in Australia’s low-carbon transition.
The group found that renewable energy is central to our efforts to mitigate climate change. In recent times the Australian energy sector has deployed solar and wind power at unprecedented rates. But there are emerging bottlenecks, and the present market settings do not deliver for consumers.
While action is also required in other sectors of the economy to achieve deep emissions cuts, a sustained shift from fossil fuels to solar and wind power is absolutely necessary for Australia to meet and surpass our 2030 emissions target.
To maintain this rapid pace of renewable energy deployment, Australia urgently needs:
- additional electricity transmission
- additional energy storage and demand response mechanisms
- electricity market reform
- a solid electricity infrastructure investment framework.
The shift to 100% renewables will be accompanied by the inevitable phasing out of existing coal power plants. Achieving a smooth transition will require careful attention to coal power workers, their communities and energy consumers.
To meet Australia’s emissions targets it is imperative that federal and state governments address emerging infrastructure bottlenecks, embark on market reform and improve the investment framework.
The symposium was attended by experts on energy generation, storage, transmission, economics, markets, regulation and policy and included representatives from universities, research institutes, civil society and government agencies.
Canberra, 19 February 2019
List of signatories
Armin Aberle, CEO and Professor at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Emma Aisbett, Fellow, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University
Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute, Australian National University
Lachlan Blackhall, Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, The Australian National University
Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University
Steve Blume, President, Smart Energy Council
Andrew Bray, Australian Wind Alliance
Anna Bruce, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney
Mary A. Cameron, Stanford University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kylie Catchpole, Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University
Cheng Cheng, PhD student, Australian National University
Richard Corkish, COO, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, UNSW
Roger Dargaville, Senior Lecturer, Monash University
Andrew Dickson, Project Manager - Asian Renewable Energy Hub, CWP Renewables
Mark Diesendorf, Honorary Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
Renate Egan, Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney and Chair Australian PV Institute
Tristan Edis, Director Analysis & Advisory, Green Energy Markets
Martin Green, Scientia Professor, UNSW Sydney
Navid Haghdadi, Postdoctoral researcher, UNSW Sydney
Suzanne Harter, Climate and Clean Energy Campaigner, ACF
Simon Holmes à Court, Senior Advisor, Climate and Energy College, Melbourne University
Nicky Ison, Research Associate, UTS and Founding Director, Community Power Agency
Frank Jotzo, Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
Ariel Liebman, Associate Professor, Monash University and Director, Grid Innovation Hub
Eytan Lenko, Director, Beyond Zero Emissions
David Leitch, Principal, ITK Services
Bin Lu, Research Fellow, Australian National University
Iain MacGill, Associate Professor, Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, UNSW Sydney
Dylan McConnell, Climate & Energy College, University of Melbourne
Tom Morris, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
Bruce Mountain, Associate Professor, Victoria University and Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre
Simon Nicholas, Energy Finance Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Pao-Yu Oei, Head of Research Group CoalExit, TU Berlin and DIW Berlin
David Osmond, Senior Wind Engineer, Windlab
Rob Passey, Postdoctoral Fellow, UNSW Sydney
John Quiggin, Professor, University of Queensland
Thomas Reindl, Deputy CEO and Principal Research Fellow at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hugh Saddler, Honorary Associate Professor, ANU
Ronald A. Sinton, President and Senior Scientist, Sinton Instruments, Boulder CO USA
Igor Skryabin, Research and Business Dev Manager, ANU Energy Change Institute
Nathan Steggel, Technical Director, Windlab
Matthew Stocks, Research Fellow, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, ANU
Matthias Vetter, Head of Department Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Gregory Wilson, Principal, G. M. Wilson Consulting, Denver, Colorado USA
Oliver Yates, Investor