TUESDAY 17 MARCH, 2009 |
Victoria's Electricity Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Skyrocket
Energy related greenhouse gas emissions from energy use across Australia’s
eastern states fell just 60,000 tonnes or less than one per cent compared with
last summer’s emissions according to The
While there were significant fall in emissions from petroleum of almost one
million tonnes, or just under four per cent, across all three states, coal fired
electricity generation grew substantially, with the main culprit being Victoria.
The state depends heavily on brown coal rather than the "cleaner"
Victoria saw a rise in overall emissions by some 483,000 tonnes when compared
with the previous summer, mostly due to a 5.6 per cent increase in emissions
from Victoria’s coal-fired power stations, the equivalent of 851,000 tonnes.
The results will lend even more weight to the case for a push for renewable
in Victoria, particularly after the state government's recent
of a net feed in tariff scheme for grid
connect solar power
systems. The announcement angered
of solar energy who believe a gross
feed in tariff,
such as the one established recently in
, should have been implemented.
Victorian Secretary of the Electrical Trades Union, Dean Mighell, described the
state's net feed-in laws as "terrible". The 17,000 member strong
Victorian ETU has also thrown their support behind a national petition demanding
a national, uniform gross feed in tariff being run by Victoria based Energy
Many see a net feed in tariff scheme, which only pays a premium on surplus
electricity produced by a renewable energy system, as being a token gesture
rather than a real commitment to encouraging investment in the solar power
industry and the uptake of solar power by home owners; subsequently decreasing
electricity generation related emissions.
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