Non-Hydro Renewable Energy in South Australia: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities

Author: Conghui Hu

Hu, Conghui, 2024 Non-Hydro Renewable Energy in South Australia: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities, Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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This thesis examines the factors contributing to South Australia's high penetration of non-hydro renewable energy (NHRE) in its power grid. It investigates the political framework, policies and investments that have facilitated this transition and highlights the associated challenges and opportunities. The findings reveal that South Australia's success is rooted in supportive policy frameworks, significant investments, geographical conditions and community engagement. Despite notable achievements, challenges such as NHRE variability, energy storage, and rising costs remain. The thesis underscores the importance of stable political frameworks, robust policy implementation, and proactive strategies to sustain and expand NHRE adoption. By learning from South Australia's experience, other regions can contribute to global efforts in mitigating climate change and promoting sustainable development.

Keywords: South Australia, NHRE, renewable energy policy, energy transition, climate change, sustainable development

Subject: Environmental management thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2024
School: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Supervisor: Susanne Schech and Tim O'Loughlin