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IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

Advocating energy policy to ecologists…The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released tomorrow (15 April). Summary for Policy Makers is here. See here for some...

Posted April 15, 2014    

Can Household Solar Energy be a Primary Source of Low-Emission Power?

Guest Post by Graham Palmer. Graham is an industrial engineer and energy commenter from Melbourne. For another BNC post featuring his work, see Does energy efficiency reduce emissions and peak demand?Click the above image to download...

Posted April 6, 2013    

Renewable Energy's Hidden Costs?

A recent Bloomberg press release got wide coverage with its claim that wind power is now cheaper than coal. But a new report from the OECD shows that when you cover the full cost to the grid, variable renewables like wind don’t add up as...

Posted March 23, 2013    

Energy Policy: Substance Over Style

There’s a gradual, but a rising tide of rational, enviro-progressive scientists out there who are committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Many of these problems involve touchy subjects, including ways to reduce poverty while...

Posted February 5, 2013    

A Zero Emissions Vehicle Fuel?

Guest post by John Morgan. John runs R&D programmes at a Sydney startup company. He has a PhD in physical chemistry, and research experience in chemical engineering in the US and at CSIRO. He is a regular commenter on BNC.You can follow John on...

Posted January 16, 2013    

Next Nukes – How U.S. - European Cooperation Can Deliver Cheaper, Safer Nuclear Energy

Innovative international collaborations and strategic government support, especially from countries with advanced technologies such as the United States, will be critical in bringing next generation nuclear designs to market and deploying them at...

Posted January 8, 2013    

What is the Future for Nuclear Power in Australia?

The Energy White Paper 2012 (EWP2012), released by the Australian Government last week, seeks to map out a strategic policy framework for future energy supply. One of the major goals of EWP2012 is to provide a “clear vision” of how Australia should...

Posted November 15, 2012    

The Case for Near-Term Commercial Demonstration of the Integral Fast Reactor

I’m currently in Dubai at the 2012 World Energy Forum, as part of a delegation from the Science Council for Global Initiatives. Tomorrow (24 Oct) we will run symposium on “New Nuclear”, which will be chaired by Tom Blees and feature talks from Dr...

Posted October 23, 2012    

Is Japan’s nuclear-free pathway an environmentally friendly choice?

The Fukushima crisis sparked protests and prompted a move away from nuclear energy for JapanBelow is an essay I co-wrote with one of my current Ph.D. students, Sanghuyn Hong. In it, we take a critical look at the current national energy policy of...

Posted October 5, 2012    

How much does nuclear power actually cost?

This the final article in the SA Mines & Energy Journal series on nuclear energy (issue 24, pg 34), about the economic bottom line for nuclear. Ben Heard, my co-author, has also blogged about this on DecarboniseSA. And if you want...

Posted August 16, 2012    

No easy substitutes for fossil fuels

The following guest post is republished (with permission from the author) from Opinion Online. Tom Biegler, who wrote this piece, worked with Martin Nicholson and me on our 2010 Energy paper, How carbon pricing changes the relative competitiveness...

Posted August 2, 2012    

Does energy efficiency reduce emissions and peak demand?

This post summarises the findings of a paper just published in the peer-reviewed journal Sustainability by Graham Palmer, entitled “Does energy efficiency reduce emissions and peak demand? A case study of 50 years of space heating in Melbourne...

Posted July 13, 2012