Rewiring Australia called for the Australian Energy Market Operator to shift the focus of energy planning to drive electrification and rooftop solar as these will help reduce the cost of energy, while the build-out of large-scale renewables suffers from delays.
Dr Saul Griffith, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Rewiring Australia said: “AEMO has moved considerably to embrace the potential of electrification but is yet to catch up with the rooftop revolution led by millions of Australian households.
“AEMO should be thinking outside the box and innovating ways to bring about faster and greater deployment of consumer energy technologies.
“Household energy should be seen as a resource, not a risk and the market redesigned to help consumers reduce bills from their solar, batteries and EVs, which is what these technologies can do.
“AEMO should recommend the changes to the rules of the market to encourage households to electrify and use their EVs as batteries for the grid.
“Without considering electrification, Australia’s climate targets will not be met and we will continue heading towards an environmental crisis.
“Electrification is the swiftest, cheapest way to lower emissions and remove thousands of dollars a year from energy bills, and it can be done with existing, off-the-shelf technology.
“Rewiring Australia’s research shows that households that go all-electric in the home and the driveway and solar could save up to $5000 a year by around 2030.”
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