MONDAY 07 OCTOBER, 2013 |
South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy
Electricity demand and emissions across the Australia's National Electricity
Market (NEM) have continued to fall throughout the year according to the pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index
Current to September 2013, CEDEX indicates electricity demand overall was down by nearly 7% from its maximum
in the year to December 2008. Demand fell in every NEM state except Tasmania; where it
increased by 0.3%.
The fall in demand coupled with wind, hydro and gas generation displacing coal
fired power generation saw emissions down by 29 million tonnes carbon dioxide
equivalent, a nearly 16% reduction over the same period.
South Australia remains the poster child for non-hydro renewables, with a steady growth in wind generation
gradually displacing coal fired generation. In the year to September 2013, coal
made up just 16% of power generation, gas 45%, wind 27% and net interconnector imports 12%.
The contribution of rooftop solar PV is not included in CEDEX, but more than 19
percent of households in South Australia have gone
. According to a recent Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report
rooftop solar power generation is expected to reach 1,119 gigawatt-hours
by 2022–23, which is expected to be equivalent to 8.9% of South Australia’s
annual energy use.
Commenting on the report on
; pitt&sherry principal consultant Hugh Sherry said if solar PV
was factored into South Australia's results, the shares would be: coal 15%, gas
43%, wind 26%, interconnector 12% and PV 4%; putting renewables at 30%
South Australia has set a renewable energy production target of 33% by 2020 -
and given the pace of solar power uptake and wind farm development; it should
reach that goal well ahead of time.
CEDEX provides an early indication of key greenhouse gas emission trends in Australia.
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