Ken Baldwin, director of The Australian National University’s Energy Change Institute..... told The New Daily “there is an open question as to how” we should do this, “while at the same recognising that only pumped hydro can provide the very large energy storage to provide system-wide reliability”.
But he said the need for more storage and transmission was so great, and the challenges so complex, that the federal government must urgently develop “a national plan for the energy sector” that aligns with action on climate change.
Developing such a plan is the No.1 priority in his mind.
“It’s at the stage of saying: What are the things that we need to take into account? What are the issues, barriers and challenges that we need to be aware of?” Dr Baldwin said.
“And the next step is to take all those understandings of where we need to be and the things that need to be considered and then brainstorm an actual process itself.”
Sources include Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, ANU Energy Change Institute