Rob Wheals

Gas the perfect companion for renewables

Gas is the perfect companion to encourage more renewable energy in the economy, APA Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Rob Wheals said.

Speaking during the Leaders Panel at the 2021 APGA Virtual Convention, Mr Wheals said that during the energy transition, investment had to occur into existing technology as well as into new energy sources.

But the decarbonisation of coal generated electricity in Australia presented a great opportunity, he said.

“Sixty to seventy per cent of our electricity on the east coast comes from coal,” he said.

“That represents a great opportunity to bring in clean energy like wind and solar but, importantly, then gas has a critical role to play in backing that up, firming it.

“It’s effectively the perfect companion to encourage and support more renewable energy coming in to decarbonise our economies.”

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