A workshop was held at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, to consider 100% renewable electricity and energy futures and meeting climate goals.
The workshop was timely considering the startlingly rapid current deployment of solar and wind in Australia, at a rate that is about 5 times faster per capita than the USA, EU, Japan or China.
Date: Wednesday-Friday, 13-15 February 2019.
We hosted people from Singapore, USA, Europe as well as senior Australian figures from academia, business, utilities and regulators. Attendees had backgrounds in technology, business, economics, market design and policy in order to bring a wide perspective.
The workshop was free of cost.
Moving towards 100% renewable electricity#
At a global level in 2017, solar PV and wind constituted 60% of annual net new capacity additions, followed by fossil fuels (28% and shrinking), hydro (9%) and all others combined (3%). PV and wind have a central role to play. Pumped hydro is currently 97% of global storage, while batteries (both stationary and in EVs) are rapidly becoming important.
Coal, oil and gas cause around 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. A leading method to rapidly push fossil carbon out of markets is continued rapid deployment of wind and solar coupled with extensive electrification of energy services, relying on the maturity, scale, low cost and the lack of constraints on their continued rapid growth.
Organiser’s CV: researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/blakers-aw.
Presentations can be downloaded below:
- 1a Crimp, Howden & Colvin – Global emissions and impacts on climate
- 1b Cameron – U.S. Climate & Energy
- 1b Vetter – Design of Future Energy Systems Towards 100% Renewables
- 1b Wilson – Current Status of Renewable Energy Deployments in the U.S.
- 1c Corbell – Subnational policy and Australia’s clean energy transition
- 1c Williamson – Australian renewable energy deployment
- 1d Blakers - Australian emissions trajectory
- 1d Saddler – Australia’s emissions trajectory: past and future
- 2a Aberle – Photovoltaics - Status & trends
- 2a Green – PV Futures: How low can PV go?
- 2b Steggel – Wind Futures: ‘How low can it go?’
- 2c Baldwin – 100% Renewables Workshop
- 2c Stein – Developments in Concentrating Solar Power
- 2d Nicholas – Fossil Fuel Futures: Developing Countries
- 2d Oei – Fossil Fuel Futures: Are Fossil Fuel Generators Still Finding Markets in Developed Countries?
- 3a Blackhall – Integrating High Penetration Distributed Solar and Energy Storage
- 3a Stocks – Pumped hydro energy storage
- 3a Vetter – Battery storage: One of the key enablers towards 100% renewables
- 3b Bruce – Demand Response for Integration of High Penetration VRE
- 3c Egan – Urban Renewables: Integrating large amounts of PV into cities
- 3c Reindl – Integrating large amounts of PV into cities: “Urban Solar” - the case of Singapore
- 3d Dickson - HVDC/AC interconnection
- 4a Bin Lu – Deep decarbonisation of the Australian energy industry
- 4b Ison & Bray – Social licence for 100% Renewables: faster or slower?
- 5a Cameron – Can the World Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy for all Purposes?
- 5a Osmond – The Importance of QLD and Tasmania in a mostly renewable NEM
- 5a Sinton – Colorado, USA, as an example of moving towards clean electricity
- 5a Stocks – 100% Renewable Electricity Penetration
- 5b Blakers - The Sunbelt
- 5b Steggel – A high-penetration renewables scenario for East Africa
- 5c Diesendorf – 100% Renewable Electricity: Reliability, Economics, Impediments & Key Policies
- 5c Mountain – Does renewable electricity generation reduce electricity prices?
- 5c Quiggin – The National Electricity Market and the Energy Transition
- 5d Blume – Smart Energy Council
- 5e Edis – Green Energy Markets
- 5e Jotzo – Renewables boom: some implications for Australia’s national emissions target & some prerequisites for its continuation
- 5e Macgill – What electricity market designs, policies can best support continued rapid RE growth?
- 5e Oei – What market designs and policies can best support continued rapid growth of renewables?