In SA 50% is gas, 25% wind (these are based on peak power).
In WA it is similar, mainly gas, some coal and as much wind as the network can take.
As Peach mentioned, 'decarbonising' our electrical energy would go someway to reducing our emissions. The carbon tax effectively levelises the cost of gas compared to coal. Pre-July, electricity generated from coal was cheap compared to gas, post-July they are about the same cost. By doing this, the Government have made gas competitive with coal, so more generators are likely to invest in new gas plant, therebey reducing Australias emissions. (They don't tell you this of course beacuse it is not in the spirit of the Carbon Tax.) Australia also happens to have loads of gas. Per kWh, Carbon emissions from gas are only 0.4-0.5 of that from coal.
My thoughts on improving your energy efficiency:
- insulate your house better
- commute by public transport
- wear a jumper in winter
- be sensible with the aircon
- install solar water heating
after that the economics get a bit marginal.
Best Newcomer 2013-14.
The majority of the funding comes from the Government, the Government gets its money from taxing people, under the pretense that it is to help fight climate change...
No-one is saying global warming is a myth, what 'some' scientists are saying is that is not man-made....at least not man-made becasue of Co2
Just because 97% of scientists think something is right doesn't mean they are right, there is no concrete proof out there, only theories....but scientist have never been wrong before have they????
When Peter Higgs first proposed that an invisible field strewn across space gave mass to the building blocks of the universe, the theory was ridiculed by some of the most respected minds of the time
His first paper was rejected by a journal, while other scientists accused him and his colleagues of failing to grasp the basic principles of physics.
Despite the sleights Prof Higgs, at the time an 34-year-old physicist at Edinburgh University, was convinced his idea was right although he never envisaged being able to prove it.
48 years on, his radical concept was finally proved correct by an international team of physicists at the Cern laboratory using a £6 billion piece of equipment designed to uncover the secrets of the Universe.
It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
Stevie I think the point of this thread is we have to nod our head, agree and hand over our money- and be gushing and thankful that there are clearly people out there more knowledgeable than us to manage our pointless and bumbling existence.