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Gas and renewables mix would massively reduce emissions

Electricity generation produced by a mix of gas and renewables similar to that already in place in South Australia would enable a massive reduction in carbon emissions in a reliable generation system, APGA told a Senate inquiry.

In South Australia, over the summer of 2019/2020, gas underpinned the extensive use of wind and solar power to generate the State’s electricity, APGA Chief Executive Officer Steve Davies told the Senate hearing.

“The experience in South Australia suggests that making having this sort of energy mix nationally of gas and renewables, roughly 50:50, could reduce carbon emissions in the National Electricity Market by 65 to 75 per cent,” Mr Davies said.

The Senate’s Environment and Communications Legislation Committee is holding an inquiry into the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Grid Reliability Fund) Bill 2020.

“Gas supports the use of renewables and it is on its own decarbonisation journey through the use of future fuels like hydrogen and biogas,” Mr Davies said.

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