Australia’s Electricity System: Transition to 2030
In the wake of the Paris COP21 and the outcomes of the Federal election, Australia’s emissions pathway and the policies that will guide the energy sector are becoming clearer.
Current policy settings will see a gradual increase in renewables, but it is not yet clear what the emerging policies will be to drive the required rapid decline in carbon emissions through phasing out of existing fossil generators. State governments are also developing climate and energy policy frameworks.
In the short term, new generation capacity will likely be wind and solar PV technologies. As the penetration of renewables increases, it is likely the role for storage and dispatchable renewables will become more important.
Bringing together experts from sectors in the energy transition across business, government, academia, civil society, including from the European Union, this 2-day symposium provided an opportunity for policymakers and researchers to share new insights and to identify knowledge gaps required to inform policy design and development.
The symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues facing the energy system, with comparative European perspectives and experiences of the energy transition, market design and emission reduction targets.
This symposium was brought to you by the Melbourne Energy Institute, the Grattan Institute, the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, GEE-21, the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, and ATSE.