Anyone suggesting the path to the renewable energy future is being somehow blocked by industry or political “dinosaurs” needs to take a good look at the facts, both on cost and the rapid rise of renewable energy.
When Queensland Senator (and former Resources Minister) Matt Canavan said renewable energy was not cheaper than coal-fired power he was attacked by anti-coal activists in social media.
If the chairman of the ACCC, Mr Rod Sims is right, then Australia is about to take the almost unprecedented step of interfering with export contracts to redirect gas to the domestic market.
Organisations like the Australia Institute and the Climate Council never miss a chance to attack fossil fuel energy and promote the cost and reliability merits of renewable energy.
AEMO this week released its latest forecast of energy needs, highlighting a pressing concern for continuity of electricity supply in NSW and other parts of the East Coast network in the decade ahead.
The merging of the East Coast gas supply crunch with the electricity price and reliability issue is now well established in the public discussion. Political argument has linked the two and public commentary has comprehensively done so as well.
The interesting concept of introducing hydrogen into natural gas took a step forward this week.
Natural gas is continuing to be transported south, showing that gas producers are serious in their response to East Coast demand no matter from where it comes.