In December 2010, the South Australian Government announced the intention to set a carbon emissions limit for new electricity generation. The relevant news release can be found at News.
The following Discussion Paper is to initiate consultations with industry and interest groups about setting the limit at 0.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent for each megawatt hour of electricity sent out from new generating plant, prior to the introduction of draft legislation to Parliament to apply the limit.
The Government has been guided in its deliberations on the carbon intensity ceiling by the following reports by engineering services company, WorleyParsons.
Emission Intensity Limit New Utility Scale Electricity Generation in South Australia (Attachment 1 to Discussion Paper)
Integrated Gasification and Coal to Liquids (Attachment 2 to Discussion Paper)
The Government will be consulting on the detailed parameters of setting the limit prior to finalising draft legislation. Parties with an interest are encouraged to submit their views for consideration in the consultation process. The Discussion Paper provides details of where written comments can be lodged and a due date for receiving comments of 2 December 2011. Those with an interest in being informed about the consultation are encouraged to register their name, company, phone and email details to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Carbon Intensity for New Electricity Generation” in the subject line.
Australian Syngas Association
Conservation Council of South Australia
South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy