The CSIRO's Paul Graham writes in The Conversation (2.5.17) about a new Energy Networks Australia report which predicts a boom in household solar and battery use as Australia's electricity networks move to a more sustainable footing, with some states poised for a 500% boost in rooftop solar.
'A new roadmap for Australia’s electricity networks outlines a national plan to keep the lights on, make sure bills are affordable, and decarbonise our electricity industry by mid-century.
'The plan, by CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, sets out measures that could save households A$414 a year on average, by generating their own electricity through “distributed” technologies such as solar panels and batteries. It envisages that Australia could save a total of A$101 billion by 2050, while also bringing net greenhouse emissions to zero.
'As described in an earlier draft report last December, Australia’s electricity networks can be transformed to give millions of customers more choice and control over their energy, while also meeting Australia’s international climate change commitments.
'The roadmap calls for a coordinated approach, but how will that play out in practice?'