Australia can survive without fossil fuel ‘baseload’: WWF

A report from WWF Australia says Australia can be supported by 100 per cent renewable power without a fossil fuel ‘baseload.’

Beyond baseload: 100% Renewable energy in Australia claims the concept of ‘baseload’ becomes redundant under a 100 per cent renewable energy grid, and the technology to move to a fully renewable grid already exists.

WWF Australia climate change policy manager Adrian Enright said Australians are used to the idea of ‘baseload energy’ being the energy that guarantees power all day and all night – but that’s old thinking.

“The problem is the bulk of our baseload energy comes from high polluting, ageing coal-fired generators. Some of Australia’s existing baseload capacity was built before man first landed on the moon,” he said.

“To enjoy clean air and reduce carbon pollution Australia will need to shift to a modern, 21st Century model, powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035. This is possible, affordable and very popular.”

Mr Enright pointed to the emerging battery storage market as a way to make this process smoother and cheaper.

According to the report, senior executives of major international energy companies in China, Germany and the UK acknowledge there will be no need for ‘baseload’ power as global networks businesses know it today.