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Senate to explore Australian ‘Battery-Boom’ potential

The potential for an Australian Battery-Boom will be analysed after the Australian Greens established an inquiry into the ‘Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’.

“Severe storms have battered the southern states in recent weeks and we’ve seen the supply of energy in South Australia take a hit as a result,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The relentless march of dangerous global warming means that these sorts of extreme weather events will only become more common in the future.

“Investing in localised energy storage represents a massive opportunity for Australia at this critical stage in the transition to renewable energy, but we need to investigate how the government can help make it happen.

“The government says its most important job is to keep the lights on and it’s becoming increasingly clear that battery storage will play a crucial role in that.

“An Australian Battery-Boom will bring jobs and increased energy security to families and businesses across the country.

“This inquiry will be focussed on practical action that can be taken by government right now, because talk is cheap and more hot air from blowhard politicians won’t power our country into the future.”


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Terms of Reference;

The inquiry will be known as the Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World, and it will be established to inquire into and report on, by 10 February 2017, the following matters:

(a) the role of storage technologies and localised, distributed generation to provide Australia’s electricity networks with the resilience to withstand the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events driven by global warming;

(b) recommend measures that should be taken by federal, state and local governments to hasten the rollout of such technologies in order to:

(i) create jobs in installation, manufacture and research of storage and distribution technologies,

(ii) stimulate household and business demand for storage technologies,

(iii) anticipate the rapid deployment of localised distributed generation through changes to market rules, (iv) drive the reduction in technology costs through economies of scale, and

(v) seize on the opportunities to be a global leader in deploying storage technologies because of Australia’s high fixed electricity tariffs and significant penetration of rooftop solar; and

(c) any other relevant matters.

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