Re: AGLs plan for Crib Point
We agree with your concern about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AGL is the largest corporate emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. At the same time, we have Australia’s largest privately-owned and operated portfolio of large-scale renewable energy assets. We realise we have a large role to play in action on climate change in Australia. We believe renewables are the future of energy and have committed to getting out of coal from 2022.
In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, for us, gas is an enabler of energy transition. Over 80 per cent of electricity produced in Australia is sourced from the combustion of fossil fuels. Given the sheer scale, decarbonising the generation sector is likely to take several decades of replacing the existing generation fleet with low-emissions substitute technology such as solar and windfarms. To deliver reliable and sustainable energy at the lowest cost possible requires renewable energy from wind and solar combined with more flexible energy sources, like quick-start gas generation, that can be turned on whenever renewables are not available (i.e. low wind, night time and when there is cloud cover) or don’t meet demand. This mix of technologies can replace AGL’s Liddell coal plant when it closes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum. Reliable gas supply is a critical component of this replacement plan.
While we undertake this transition, the Gas Import Jetty is still needed to provide a reliable and secure supply of gas for quick-start gas powered electricity generation which, in turn, is needed to enable a cost-effective energy transition to occur, both for AGL, and for the Australian electricity sector.
We’re currently investigating the potential environmental impacts of this project for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process we are required to undertake by the Victorian Government. The Minister for Planning has issued scoping requirements which set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES. The EES will include studies on:
- Biodiversity – marine
- Biodiversity – terrestrial and freshwater
- Hydrology and drainage
- Landscape and visual
- Light spill impact
- Aboriginal heritage
- Contaminated land and sediments
- Acid sulphate soils
- Air quality
- Greenhouse gas
- Safety, hazard and risk
- Business impact
You can view the scoping requirements on the department’s website here: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0031/409936/Att-1_Crib-Point-EES-scoping-requ...
The EES will be available for the public to view and comment on for a period of at least 30 business days later in the year.
We also have the preliminary assessments used for the EES referral process available on our website, https://www.agl.com.au/about-agl/how-we-source-energy/gas-import-project. The EES will be far more extensive and robust however this should provide an overview of the environmental and economic impacts as understood to date.