Could Australia Run on Renewable Energy in 10 Years?
By Allie Schratz
With the right political leadership supporting it, Australia could generate all its energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind power, according to the Energy Research Institute of the University of Melbourne.
Their first report, titled “Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan,” outlines the renewable technologies available that, when utilised on a larger scale, could help wean the nation off its coal dependence and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. (Australia recently earned a ‘D’ for environmental performance from The Conference Board of Canada.)
Wind, for example, is capable of supplying 40 per cent of Australia’s electricity, while harnessing the plentiful solar thermal power from the nation’s centre would supply the remaining 60 per cent, the report said.
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