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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities Attack on Solar Energy Revealed

August 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I decided to start writing this whilst I was on hold (for the 2nd time in 30 minutes) with one of Australia’s big three dirty utilities. So far I have been transferred four times, cut off once, entered my details three times and repeated it verbally all while being bombarded by a song about how awesome this company is.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: the Debate Australia Has to Have [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Barry Brook

Australia and Nuclear

On July 28, I was an invited participant in a public discussion and Q&A session on the future of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Australia. It was organised and hosted by the Inspiring Australia initiative, and ran at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

"And Lo, My Electricity Bill has Been Reduced Thanks to the RET"

July 7, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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I recently received news that my electricity bill will go down and that feels like a relief after years of massive increases. In fairness, the regulators have performed a miracle to take the pressure off, given that solar, the carbon tax and the RET were apparently going to cause endlessly increasing electricity price rises.[read more]

Australia's Disruptive Energy Revolution Defined

July 5, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Australia Energy Industry Disruption

I spend a lot of time trying to succinctly describe what is going on with energy, to people in all walks of life. The reality is, the issues are complex and people on both sides of the argument tend to simplify the issues down into bite sized chunks so we can get our heads around it.[read more]

Scaling Up for Global Impact

June 3, 2014 by David Hone
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Scaling Up

A visit to Australia offers a quick reminder of the scale to which Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) production has grown over recent years. This was a technology that first appeared in the 1960s and saw a scale up over the 1970s and 1980s to some 60 million tonnes per annum globally.[read more]

Re-Inventing the Electricity Industry with Storage

March 21, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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No matter what side of the fence you are on, everyone is agreed that electricity companies will be very different in a few years’ time. Change is inevitable of course and we need look no further than the business world to see that sustainable businesses adapt and prosper, leaving others in their wake.[read more]

Clean Energy Regulator Releases 2014 STC Target

March 19, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) are the backbone of the Australian solar market and on Friday 14th of March, the Clean Energy Regulator announced this year’s target. At 18.6 Million STC’s the 2014 target represents 10.48% of electricity purchases.[read more]

Emissions Trading via Direct Action in Australia

March 4, 2014 by David Hone

Emissions Trading in Australia

The Australian Government has recently released a Green Paper which describes in much more fine detail its proposal for an Emission Reduction Fund (ERF), which is considered the principle component of its Direct Action climate policy.[read more]

How Much Solar Energy Saves Australians [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 2, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Australia and Solar

How much does the Australian renewable energy target cost? As this infographic demonstrates, household solar energy will save Australians more money than the cost of installation and implementation of household solar would actually bring about in 2015/16.[read more]

The Great Australian Electricity Rip-Off

February 23, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Although I’ve spent more than two decades in the solar and energy field, in the last two years as solar has grown and we have become an intrinsic and material part of Australia’s energy mix I have come to realize something fundamental. The Australian public is being duped.[read more]

What You Can Do About Australia's Renewable Energy Target

February 16, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Anyone who reads any newspaper knows that Australia's Renewable Energy Target is currently the subject of an inordinate attack. However, when you actually bother to take a look at the facts it’s clear that this is completely unwarranted.[read more]

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Are Australia's Coal Mining Plans Myopic?

February 15, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Australia Mining and the Environment

Australia is not setting the perfect example for a development model that emerging countries can emulate. The government of Queensland, along with the Federal government recently relaxed their guidelines that governed the mining industry for excavation of coal in areas surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.[read more]

If We Could See Carbon Dioxide, Would We Take it More Seriously?

January 28, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Seeing Carbon Pollution

As an Australian who is concerned about our changing climate there is a long list of quotes from our new Prime Minister that I find irksome. But right at the top is his description of emissions trading as "a market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one."[read more]