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Securing renewables: how batteries solve the problem of clean electricity

Policy Online carries a link (31.5.16) to an Australia Institute report which outlines the advantages of battery storage technology for adding to the renewable energy mix. The report’s author also refutes some of the common criticisms directed at the renewable energy sector.

‘Critics put forward two key arguments against widespread adoption of renewable energy: price and intermittency. Solar and wind costs have fallen so rapidly over the past decade that they are now competitive with fossil fuels, so the price argument is losing traction.

‘Battery and other forms of storage technology are rapidly overcoming the variability argument. As batteries become more widespread, this will answer the final objection to vigorously developing our clean energy resources.’

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