Time to put energy retailers and their offers under the microscope – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Bruce Mountain This year, the retail part of the electricity sector will be getting lots of official attention. Professor Alan Finkel’s review is understood to be interested in retail. In Victoria, Professor John Thwaites and Mr Terry Mulder will review this part of the industry. Nationally, the AEMC will be … [Read More] Time to put energy retailers and their offers under the microscope – Renew Economy

Government losing the argument on energy, according to poll – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security. More than seven in ten (71%) said the government was not doing enough to ensure “affordable, reliable and … [Read More] Government losing the argument on energy, according to poll – The Conversation

Households and businesses to save on energy bills following COAG agreement – Minister for the Environment and Energy

Media Release The COAG Energy Council has agreed to significant reforms to stop energy businesses gaming the system by appealing how much they can re-coup from customers. These significant reforms are important as network costs make up around 50 per cent of household energy bills. Under the new regime network businesses would no longer be … [Read More] Households and businesses to save on energy bills following COAG agreement – Minister for the Environment and Energy

Victoria to subsidise solar, efficiency for homes in Latrobe Valley – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath As the federal government seeks to revive coal-fired energy generation, the state government of Victoria has unveiled its latest policy to support the transition away from the fossil fuel, in the Latrobe Valley – a region built up around some of Australia’s largest, dirtiest and oldest coal-fired generators, Hazelwood … [Read More] Victoria to subsidise solar, efficiency for homes in Latrobe Valley – Renew Economy

No room for partisan politics in energy – ACOSS

Media Release Representatives of Australian communities, including civil society, households, workers, investors, business energy users and energy suppliers today challenged all political leaders to stop partisan antics and work together to reform Australia’s energy systems and markets to deliver the reliable, affordable and clean energy that is critical to wellbeing, employment and prosperity. There is … [Read More] No room for partisan politics in energy – ACOSS

Energy policy: no room for partisan politics, 18 groups tell government – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Katharine Murphy Joint statement says years of finger-pointing have destroyed investor confidence in Australia’s energy sector A coalition of business, energy, investor, climate and welfare groups has issued a sharply worded wake-up call on the energy debate, declaring “finger pointing” and 10 years of partisan politics have destroyed investor confidence … [Read More] Energy policy: no room for partisan politics, 18 groups tell government – The Guardian

Warming up to climate-sensitive design – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Nicola Viselli and Erica Chan With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features developers might consider to make their buildings more comfortable in this increasingly extreme environment? Ever-increasing property … [Read More] Warming up to climate-sensitive design – The Fifth Estate

Housing: Passivhaus retrofits cut social housing bills by 80 per cent – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell A pilot scheme to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Britain has seen energy consumption slashed by more than 80 per cent. The Retrofit Plus project – a collaboration between Beattie Passive, Birmingham City University, InteSys Ltd and iZDesign – was designed to investigate how upgrades to … [Read More] Housing: Passivhaus retrofits cut social housing bills by 80 per cent – The Fifth Estate

The energy efficiency behaviour of individuals in large organisations: A case study of a major UK infrastructure operator – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT Highlights •Individuals’ attitudes to energy use are observed in a rail infrastructure operator. •Principal components analysis identified 10 antecedent factors driving behaviour. •Cluster analysis identified 5 groups of staff with similar characteristics. •A new framework for understanding energy behaviours is proposed. •Employee engagement on energy issues should take a market segmentation approach. Abstract Energy … [Read More] The energy efficiency behaviour of individuals in large organisations: A case study of a major UK infrastructure operator – Energy Policy

How do policies for efficient energy use in the household sector induce energy-efficiency innovation? An evaluation of European countries – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT Highlights •We evaluate the impact of energy-efficiency policy on energy-efficiency innovation. •The dataset covers patents and policies for 1980–2009 in 21 European countries. •Household policies show a positive influence on innovation activity (patented inventions). •The influence is most pronounced for financial subsidies and energy labels. Abstract Research on innovation induced by climate-mitigation policy has … [Read More] How do policies for efficient energy use in the household sector induce energy-efficiency innovation? An evaluation of European countries – Energy Policy

Fuel efficiency standards could help curb Australia’s persistently growing emissions – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John Quiggin This week, the Australian government announced plans that will ultimately require cars sold in Australia to match international fuel efficiency standards. The resulting savings over the life of a typical vehicle would more than offset higher initial costs. The saving on fuel costs is estimated at up to A$28 … [Read More] Fuel efficiency standards could help curb Australia’s persistently growing emissions – The Conversation

Housing-related lifestyle and energy saving: A multi-level approach – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT Highlights •7 housing-related lifestyle segments identified in 10 European countries. •The 10 countries cluster in 3 regions with similar housing-related lifestyle pattern. •Lifestyle segments differ significantly with regard to energy saving efforts. •Lifestyle segments also differ with regard to energy saving innovativeness. •Housing-related lifestyle mediate all effects of country on energy saving. Abstract A … [Read More] Housing-related lifestyle and energy saving: A multi-level approach – Energy Policy

Energy efficiency of housing for older citizens: Does it matter? Energy Policy

Highlights •Housing quality impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of older people. •This demographic can have limited capacity to manage and pay for thermal comfort. •Building thermal performance is not disclosed or linked to occupants’ health care. •Energy and health policies need to be much more closely aligned. •This can be through building regulations, … [Read More] Energy efficiency of housing for older citizens: Does it matter? Energy Policy

National Energy Efficiency Conference: the news is getting so much better – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Willow Aliento The Australian energy efficiency sector was poised to ratchet up the action, according to industry leaders at last week’s National Energy Efficiency Conference. A raft of leaders to address the conference with positive messages, among them, president of the Energy Efficiency Council Tony Arnel; keynote speaker Dr Brian … [Read More] National Energy Efficiency Conference: the news is getting so much better – The Fifth Estate

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