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What are the realities of energy transition from coal to renewables?

Dr Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews examine (5.11.17) the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to renewables:

'The Palaszczuk government in Queensland recently introduced impressive renewable energy targets. The over-arching goal is to guide the state to 50% renewable energy by 2030 — a mere 13 years away. Two key questions are: How fast is the shift to renewables likely to occur, and How realistic is it to expect a complete transition to 100% renewable energy? The answers depend upon a supportive policy environment, market forces, technology that solves issues of energy intermittency and storage, and the willingness of energy generators, investors and energy customers to embrace renewable energy. A continued transition to renewable energy will also depend upon a state government that supports renewables, and maintains a positive investment climate. We address these in turn.'

 

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