Comments on: Australia Must Act Now On Renewables Or Be Left Behind http://therealewbank.com/2011/08/03/australia-must-act-now-on-renewables-or-be-left-behind/ Progressive Political Analysis and Commentary by Leigh Ewbank Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:17:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ By: Doug Evans http://therealewbank.com/2011/08/03/australia-must-act-now-on-renewables-or-be-left-behind/#comment-410 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:21:23 +0000 http://therealewbank.com/?p=1532#comment-410 Good post Leigh. Change is coming but can it be quick enough? Looking at the report on the decreasing cost curve of renewables that you linked to (Hearps & McConnell 2011) I note that: Cost of PV electricity predicted to fall to between $300 and $100/MWh (depending on who you believe) by 2030. Cost of wind between $140 and about $85/MWh by 2030. Cost of CSP (the hope of the environment movement for renewable baseload power) between abput $210 and about $60/MWh by 2030. Contrast this with predictions that geothermal baseload energy can be delivered by 2020 for between about $50 and $100/MWh from the north Flinders Ranges and (if the latter prediction proves reliable) ask yourself which ‘renewable’ gives us the best chance of getting out of this fix.

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