Category: Energy

How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Like many other countries, Australian business and consumers have left their political leaders behind, opting for renewables backed up by gas, hydro and, to a smaller but growing extent, batteries.

via How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition wants to shift the energy policy blame. Voters just want it fixed | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Voters are tired of the old hyper-partisan blather, the posturing and the blame-shifting. They just want a solution

Source: The Coalition wants to shift the energy policy blame. Voters just want it fixed | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Next time you read your increased power bill, blame Tony Abbott | Matt Grudnoff | Opinion | The Guardian

For the last four years we’ve had a fact free zone of bad politics and no interest in understanding energy policy. The biggest losers are electricity consumers

Source: Next time you read your increased power bill, blame Tony Abbott | Matt Grudnoff | Opinion | The Guardian

What’s powering your devices? US consumers want to know when their power is coming from renewable sources — ScienceDaily

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Americans, regardless of whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, want to power their homes with renewable energy, according to a new study.

Source: What’s powering your devices? US consumers want to know when their power is coming from renewable sources — ScienceDaily

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It seems like a good time to ask: is privatisation of electricity networks ever a good idea? | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

South Australia’s energy wars really began with the privatisation of the electricity network in the 1990s. It’s worth looking at what we’ve learnt since then

Source: It seems like a good time to ask: is privatisation of electricity networks ever a good idea? | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Developer of $20 million Australian-first solar thermal pilot plant predicts sunny future under Turnbull – Localisation Information – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Australian company says its new solar thermal technology could produce power more cheaply than coal

Source: Developer of $20 million Australian-first solar thermal pilot plant predicts sunny future under Turnbull – Localisation Information – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The great energy spend that is costing us billions – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As Australia becomes a leader in solar and battery power, our electricity bills will continue to skyrocket thanks to a massive over-investment in the network that we didn’t ask for and will never need.

Source: The great energy spend that is costing us billions – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Source: WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

House batteries could help the grid as well as consumers

Tesla Motors plans to bring its new batteries in 2016 to Australia, which will join Germany as the company's first two markets outside the US.

House batteries could help the grid as well as consumers

How battery-powered homes are unplugging Australia

Australia, with the highest rate of residential solar penetration in the world, as well as a large number of communities and industry sitting off the grid, is an ideal laboratory and test market for storage technology. Already, Australian companies are reaping the benefits, exporting off-grid renewable energy, storage and control systems internationally.