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NSW and a renewable energy policy: we need one | UNSW Newsroom

Heading into the state election, neitherof the major parties has a policy to address increasing congestion on transmission lines joining wind and solar farms to the electricity grid.

Of all the states, NSW has the highest percentage of electricity generated from coal – 80%. Although the state election is imminent and a key issue – according to public opinion polls – is climate and energy policy, NSW has neither a renewable energy target nor policies to drive a rapid transition.

Science, ethics and electrical engineering can guide the development of energy policy. Science informs us that burning fossil fuels is the major contributor to global climate change and that urgent action is needed to substitute renewable energy and energy efficiency for fossil fuels, thus avoiding irreversible changes that would make large parts of our planet uninhabitable.

Ethics tells…

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