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Energy lessons Australia can learn from California

Power resources Energy Energy resources Renewable energy Solar energy Australia

Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel predicts power bills will continue to rise and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems — particularly for days when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow.

A new report released yesterday recommends a mix of new storage technology — as well as adding batteries to the 1.8 million homes with rooftop solar systems — to help meet the 2030 renewables target.

A world leader in energy storage is California — home to the largest lithium-ion battery system, which has become a test case for the grid storage industry.

California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister says Australia is too overly focussed on the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

He warns focussing solely on the move to low carbon generation without pursuing demand side opportunities in an ambitious, systematic way makes the transition harder.

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