Australian capital city to go 100% renewable by 2020
- Oct 18, 2019 11:46 am GMT
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Australian capital city to go 100% renewable by 2020, ENERGY - October 10, 2019, By: Kali Persall
"The Australian capital, Canberra, will become the first city outside Europe to shift from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. From 1 January 2020, Canberra will join a select club of districts in Germany, Austria and Spain that produce or purchase the equivalent of their total electricity consumption from renewable sources. Canberra has a population approaching 400,000 and sources its renewable energy from large-scale solar and wind-energy projects, solar panels on houses and purchases of renewable energy from accredited sources."
I find this press release to funny if it was no so sad. We are back to the Wild West snake oil scam.
Canberra, like any other city, town and/or individual draws its power off the grid. The grid operator has a choice what to buy for resell - obviously the least expensive electrical energy. In some countries, Israel is one, the grid operator must take renewable energy before fossil-fueled at any costs.
In Georgetown (South of Austin), Texas the city is also buying snake oil, sorry, renewable energy at higher cost. Again, whatever was paid for has no bearing because the power comes off the grid, but I guess, it does give a warm feeling, regardless the higher costs...
"A 154-megawatt solar power agreement finalized in 2015, in addition to a 144 megawatt wind power agreement in 2014, makes the City of Georgetown one of the largest municipally-owned utilities in the U.S. to supply its customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy. The long-term agreements also allow Georgetown to provide competitive electric rates and hedge against price volatility for energy produced by fossil-fuels."