Push for battery incentives for households and other news

The AFR reported this week that the Clean Energy Council has come out pushing for changes to the national electricity rule to encourage behind-the-meter solutions such as battery storage.

“Energy storage is the holy grail of an evolved energy system,” said Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton.

“There remains substantial work to do in modernising Australia’s energy rules and allowing energy storage to fully participate in the market, bringing the benefits of the technology to the grid and to consumers.

“Australia currently lacks a strategic package of energy market reforms that will help to turbo-charge energy storage and tear down the barriers that stand in the way to its wider use around the country.”

They are suggesting re-purposing the current feed-in tariffs to support battery storage.

“If all of the consumers with a PFiT [premium feed-in tariff] were able to leverage its residual value to purchase a battery storage system, Australia could have a 960 megawatt virtual power plant at no additional cost to energy users, and to the benefit of all electricity consumers,” the report said.

“All customers would benefit if the residual value of the PFiT could be traded [at a discount] in exchange for a subsidy for a battery.”

In international news.

Bloomberg has reported that globally, renewable energy is employing 9.8 million people( up 1.1% from 2015), with the greatest in solar photovoltaics.

Reneweconomy has a timely report on how the Swiss voters are embracing renewables and banning new nuclear plants in a binding referendum, at a time where the Australian National party is talking about the possibility of nuclear plants in Australia!

And while we see news in Australia about how the Australian government is bending over backwards to support the Adani mine, Futurism reports that the Indian government has abandoned plans to build a coal power station, choosing to focus on renewable energy instead.