“Without gas-fired generation in the Australian electricity system and a gas connection for cooking, Australian solar homes will generally be ‘cooking on coal’, because of the use of coal baseload power generation,” it adds.
The report also underlines how:
- gas appliances provide a great opportunity for households to introduce highly efficient and cost-competitive facilities for their home
- using biogas to generate heat and power doubles the emissions abatement effect from biogas
- gas-fired power stations provide essential support to the modern electricity grid
- using gas fired embedded generation, or micro turbines, gas can be converted into electricity to run buildings and supply power for electric vehicles at a fraction of the emissions levels of grid-sourced electricity.
The need for stable policy
APPEA, APGA and the ENA have called for coherent energy policy frameworks to unlock the benefits of natural gas in the transition to a low-carbon economy.