MONDAY 20 JANUARY, 2014 |
Madigan Gets It Wrong On Renewables
The Democratic Labour Party's Senator John Madigan last week unleashed a
blistering and misinformed attack on renewable energy's performance during the
from Senator Madigan's office stated in part:
"What is the point of relying on an energy source to heat and cool your home if they won’t work
once the mercury rises? We need power the most during times of extreme temperature, yet our increasing reliability on
renewables lets us down."
The Clean Energy Council says the Senator was directing his anger at the wrong
"Clean energy technologies such as solar power and solar hot water made a big difference
in helping the state’s electricity system cope with near-record
demand," said the CEC's Acting Policy Director Tim Sonnreich.
"This is a case of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target helping households to take pressure off our electricity system as a whole - while also reducing their individual power bills through these
Mr Sonnreich pointed out the massive Loy Yang A coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley suffered unexpected outages
as a result of the heat.
"Wind farms and solar households are made up of thousands of independent generators, so a fault in one makes almost no difference."
Mr. Sonnreich said that without rooftop solar panel arrays and solar hot water
systems acting to reduce the demand from large-scale power stations, it is very likely that Victoria would have set a new record for power
use and would also have been subject to increased outages.
National solar provider Energy Matters is expecting increase in interest in solar
as a result of the heatwave as home-owners realise the
substantial increase in power bills they will face as a result of power-hungry
air conditioners. The company has also just released consumer insights showing
solar power to be Australia's best-performing
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