SEN promotes practical, affordable strategies for a sustainable global future by the adoption of renewable energy. SEN is a dynamic and independent WA association.
Life After Coal
This video presentation is by Professor Peter Droege, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, and SEN's Ben Rose with SEN's key messages for Life After Coal:
- WA's aged coal power stations are due for replacement with new clean generation
- Replacing all coal on the SWIS with wind and PV (retaining existing gas generation) will be cheaper than new "clean coal" and much cheaper than either coal with CCS or nuclear.
- This would provide about 10,000 new jobs (in excess of existing coal and coal mining).
A State Election message from SEN's Chairman, Ian Porter:
Sustainable Energy Now congratulates the new Labor government on its recent successful election win.
It is widely accepted that the incoming government faces significant hurdles particularly economically.
SEN supports Labor's pre-election promise of continued state ownership of Western Power but SEN believes there is a need for significant policy changes in order to provide a springboard for modernisation of the SWIS electricity grid. State ownership means that the flexibility required to effect neccessary changes can be made without commercial consequences as well as providing RE investor certainty and encourages development.
While SEN have modelled the transition to a fully decarbonised electricity network by 2030, there are immediate and compelling economic, jobs and investment opportunities in the initial transition timeframe until the end of the next term of government (2021).
SEN believes the policy challenges to fast track the switch to renewables generation will include:-
• Implementation of legislation facilitating effective RE policy.
• The establishment of an RE policy unit in government to plan and manage an orderly transition to high RE penetration and decarbonisation of the electricity network, as well as electrified transport and switching from gas to electric appliances.
• Introduction of smart grid and innovative metering technologies allowing "over the fence" power trading.
• Vocational education training and jobs programs.
• Incubators and incentives for RE technology development and commercialisation.
• Closure of coal fired generation in Collie.
SEN has demonstrated strong technical and economic cases for a methodical transition to a renewable energy-powered southwest electricity network in order to reap the social, environmental and economic benefits to WA, which is heavily dependent upon delivery of reliable low-cost electricity.
Renewable energy is the key to that end and as SEN's modelling shows, it is both a near and long-term sustainable energy option.
We wish Premier McGowan and his team the best for this challenging term of government, and look forward to meaningful engagement on sustainable energy of all kinds in WA.
SEN Presents - Monday 27 March 2017 - 6.00pm
A renewable energy electricity system - what will it look like? Our speaker will be Professor Bill Grace. Click here for more details and to RSVP.
The full Renewable Energy report by SEN is now published
This is the final or full report of the modelling study into renewable energy for the SWIS grid of WA. A very thorough yet readable report. One finding was that going renewable costs no more than coal-gas. Read more or download from this page. This is a significant achievement by the SEN team and a great plan for our future.
For a round up of renewable energy technologies and SEN, download our Flyer.