Energy policy essays reveal ‘pressing concerns’ as the world transitions to renewables

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 — The global challenges of the world’s transitioning energy system are put under the microscope in a series of expert essays from The Australian National University (ANU), which give an in-depth analysis of energy policy in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The essays shed light on some of the region’s most pressing concerns in regards to the future of energy.

Project leader Dr Christian Downie said international agencies and governments around the word were failing to keep up with the rapidly changing energy landscape.

“There are concerns mounting around the world about the capacity of governments to ensure energy security, to facilitate access to energy and to achieve a clean energy transition if we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” Dr Downie said.

“At the global level many of the established international energy organisations are not equipped to meet these challenges.”

Essays include:

Solar photovoltaics and wind energy: the climate change solution (Prof Andrew Blakers and Dr Matthew Stocks)

Looking at the benefits of solar photovoltaics and wind energy, and why these forms of energy offer the only realistic chance of avoiding dangerous climate change.

Fuelling Asia: Russia recalibrates its foreign energy strategy (Dr Elizabeth Buchanan)

Examining Russia’s increasingly interdependent foreign energy strategy, and its implications for the Australian energy export market. As demand soars and supplies become fraught with problems, the Asia-Pacific is increasingly searching for alternatives to satisfy its energy needs. For Russia, this presents a welcome opportunity to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific market through liquefied natural gas exports.

Will the clean energy revolution enhance energy security? (Prof Kenneth Baldwin)

Over the next few decades the world's energy systems will undergo a seismic revolution, with a transformation on a massive scale as renewable energy takes over from fossil fuels. But what are the implications of the energy revolution for national security?

System security in the National Electricity Market (Ass-Prof Hugh Saddler)

Ensuring reliability in our power system requires the National Electricity Market (NEM) to deliver the necessary volume and mix of generation capacity. However, as the mix of electricity generation technologies changes across the NEM, Australia is increasingly faced with a number of new system security challenges.

The essays will be launched by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific in a publication titled paradigm_shift: securing our energy on Wednesday 7 November. Essays are under embargo untill 1am Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Media are invited to attend, please RSVP by replying to media@anu.edu.au.

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WHAT: Launch of paradigm_shift: securing our energy

WHERE: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton ACT

WHEN: Wednesday 7 November, 12.30 – 1.30pm

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