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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]

DNA Sequencing the Electricity Industry Death Spiral

January 25, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Electricity Industry Changes

Anyone with the slightest interest in solar, electricity or electricity prices couldn’t help but watch in awe over Australia’s hot summer break. The combination of changing demand, and extreme temperatures created a new set of scenario’s for our electricity industry. Things just aren’t the way they used to be.[read more]

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

December 17, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Decarbonization

While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here.[read more]

Power Optimization Goes Big in Australia

December 17, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Australia Power Optimization

I have been harping on about the great potential I see for module level power optimization for quite some time, but a recent project using SolarEdge power optimizers demonstrates that this can in fact work on large projects too.[read more]

Australia's Astounding PV Contribution: Now Live!

December 12, 2013 by Nigel Morris

While I was doing some fact checking recently, I went to the Australian PV Institute’s flash new web site (formerly the Australian PV Association) and blow me down, those clever little munchkins have just innovated the pants off the rest of the world and created a Live PV Map.[read more]

Australian Government Not Coming Clean on Real Energy Policy

December 2, 2013 by Nigel Morris

It's almost 2014 and the best that our new Abbott led Government of Australia can come up with by way of an energy policy is a 7 page document loaded with out of date graphs, deceptive statements and frankly, a copy and paste of many of the policies that the preceding Government put in place.[read more]

Epic Fail: Australia's Climate Change Performance Report Card 'Poor to Very Poor'

November 24, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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Australia Climate Change Performance

Each year organizations produce a detailed index on the worlds nations and how they are progressing towards reducing emissions. Australia has just got a rotten report card, and it highlights the impact that the whole continent is having.[read more]

Australia's Climate Follies: Abbott Government the Bellwether of Global Carbon Debate

October 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Australia and Carbon

Australia’s longest-running tragedy is starting a new season with a new cast, including a newly elected Prim Minister, but it continues on with the exact same and dubiously familiar follies. Of course I am talking about Australian climate policy.[read more]