- Global energy demand, trends and projections - the growing importance of end-user choices
- The major energy vectors - oil, natural gas, coal, uranium and electricity
- Energy security concerns about emerging flow constraints in oil and natural gas
- Climate change concerns about fossil fuels
Electricity & other energy carriers used in the stationary energy sector
- The electricity and natural gas industries - their characteristics, interactions and changing roles
- Links between the stationary energy sector and transport such as electric vehicles
- Other possible options: hydrogen and the hydrogen economy
How costs evolve over time
- Ways to express costs: fixed, variable, full and marginal
- The experience effect
- The concept of value-added
- Ways to express trends and uncertainties in future costs - distributions, scenarios, portfolios
The fossil fuel & nuclear energy resource & technology portfolios
- Fossil fuels: coal, petroleum and natural gas - resources and technologies
- Meeting the sustainability challenge for fossil fuels: cogeneration, trigeneration and CCS
- Nuclear energy - resources and technologies
- Meeting the sustainability and security challenges for nuclear energy - radioactive waste disposal and nuclear weapon proliferation
- Longer-term options - fusion and alternative fission fuels & technologies
The renewable energy resource & technology portfolio
- Solar energy, PV and solar thermal
- Biomass and its applications in the stationary energy sector
- Hydro power - large & small scale
- Wind energy
- Geothermal energy
- Ocean energy
Comparing the resource & technology options
- What are the key technical, cost, social and environmental characteristics of each resource and technology option?
- How might these characteristics change over time?
- What issues are involved in integrating the various resource and technology options into the electricity and gas industries?
Where will the investment dollars come from & where will they go?
- How do societies make decisions about the stationary energy sector?
- What is the climate change challenge and how should it be addressed?
- What decisions should governments take and what should be left to the private sector?
- How does the present Australian context rate against these criteria compared to other countries?
Summary: the big picture
- What is the current global and Australian context for the stationary energy sector?
- What are the likely developments in the next decade?
- What are the implications for governments, companies and individuals?