Home to the world’s biggest battery, the state is a renewable energy powerhouse – something that looks unlikely to change under the new government, reports Brian Donaghy in Adelaide
The state of South Australia is something of a poster child for the clean energy transition. It sourced 48% of its power from wind and solar energy in 2017, one of the largest clean energy penetrations in the world, and is within a whisper of hitting its 2025 target of 50% renewables, with the help of large-scale battery storage, including the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.
The contrast to what is happening at the federal level is stark, according to the Climate Action Tracker website. Although Australia committed to a 26–28% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with a 2005 baseline in the Paris Agreement, Climate Action Tracker said the government in Canberra was not doing anything to change course, continuing to rely on coal for energy and downplaying renewable energy.
South Australia will lead and show the world how a sensible transition can be done
Fears that South Australia might do a U-turn on the transition rose in March after the Labor government of Jay Weatherill was unseated in state elections. The new Liberal premier, Steven Marshall, told reporters that a plan to install batteries in 50,000 homes, creating the world’s biggest virtual power plant, "is not part of...