Having a "technology neutral" approach to energy costs will cost the country "in more ways than one", warned the Australian Wind Alliance.
According to a report by Gizmodo, the said warning was due to the State and Federal Governments upcoming discussion regarding Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's report on a way to how Australia's "broken" electricity system can be fixed. Andrew Bray, alliance national co-coordinator, said Energy Ministers know wind energy helps reduce pollution and caps skyrocketing power electricity bills.
"Any response to the Finkel review that doesn't result in a huge boost to the amount of wind energy in the country won't be worth the paper it's written on," Bray said as quoted by Gizmodo. "The goal is to secure cheap, clean, reliable power and wind power is the answer. It is clean and brings down power bills, and reliably so."
"Wind power delivers cheaper power bills because it is by far the cheapest way to get more power into the country’s failing system and the costs of doing so continue to fall."
According to AWA, $55 and $65 a megawatt hour (MWh) is the price of the power to be provided by the Victoria's Stockyard Hill wind farm and Silverton in New South Wales for 25 years starting 2019. Moreover, compared to the aforementioned, combined cycle gas stations cost $74 - 90/MWh to create, while solar and ultra-supercritical coal cost $78 - 140/MWh and $134-293/MWh, respectively.
"On top of all this, wind energy is a reliable tool Australia can use to drastically cut pollution and fend off more heatwaves, storms, bushfires and floods," Bray said as quoted by Gizmodo.
However, both the Prime Minister and Federal Energy Minister have announced their decision to impose “technology agnostic" energy policies.
"Technology neutral' energy policy is code for we're putting off the tough decisions. Why bend over backwards to keep coal and gas in the game when we know they are the most expensive and dirtiest options? Being neutral on this is being gutless: saying no to wind energy is saying no to smaller power bills and meeting our climate commitments," Bray says as quoted by Gizmodo.
"The ACT Government's reverse auction scheme has shown how being brave and backing key technologies can quickly and easily bring down prices."
AWA said that even though Australia is known to be one of the leaders in wind resources, only 5 percent of the country's power comes from the wind. Bray said renewable energy in other countries in the world is already providing reliable energy, but costs higher.
"Much of what gas and coal can do, wind and solar can do with batteries and pumped hydro – only cheaper. Even when you add in the cost of storage, wind is cheaper than gas-fired power," Bray says as quoted by Gizmodo.
Choosing the "technology neutral" approach may be difficult to address since the Australian Wind Alliance warned that this could cost the country “in more ways than one.” With this, solar outsourcing services should be vigilant in knowing the different technologies to be used in order to train employees efficiently and make them more knowledgeable.