Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell Eight out of 10 Victorians support their government’s renewable energy and net zero emissions targets, new polling commissioned by state government agency Sustainability Victoria has found. The survey of 3300 Victorians, which was undertaken by Wallis Research, also found that 93 per cent of people want the government to … [Read More] Massive support for net zero emissions and climate action in Victoria – The Fifth Estate

Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Extract from  the full text of a speech scheduled  delivered by Opposition leader Bill Shorten at a Bloomberg event in Sydney on Thursday 23rd Feb 2017  Last month, around Australia, more than 400 weather records were broken. Towns and suburbs in New South Wales and Queensland set records for days over 35 and days over 40. The … [Read More] Australia can be Asia energy capital, with 50% renewables by 2030 – RenewEconomy

Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Extract The goal of sustainable low carbon energy systems requires a nuanced understanding of social justice concerns. Energy systems are understood broadly as multiple interconnected processes of generation and consumption. These include all components related to production, conversion, delivery, and use of energy. The current energy transition calls for a rethinking of ethical dilemmas on … [Read More] Call for papers – Special issue on “Low-carbon energy systems and energy justice” – Applied Energy

Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

ABSTRACT In Australia during the past decade there has been a significant transformation of the electricity demand and supply sector. In five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of Australians installing solar photovoltaic (PV) technology grew from 8000 to more than one million. Governments in Australia used a range of policy incentives such as … [Read More] Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

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

NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood Update February 2017 Welcome to the first Brotherhood Update for 2017, which features items on refugee jobseekers, aged care, young people’s education and training, energy hardship and more. RESEARCH FORUM What would enable refugees to thrive in the labour market? The experiences of humanitarian migrants seeking meaningful work in Australia were highlighted at a … [Read More] NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

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

Electricity pricing is confusing – and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Greg Jericho One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issue he government has clearly decided that electricity prices is its key message for the next three years – and … [Read More] Electricity pricing is confusing – and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us – The Guardian

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

Consumers left wanting more from energy retail markets – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Extract from a post on the Consumers’ Federation website CFA member Energy Consumers Australia has published the results of its second bi-annual survey of the attitudes and activity of household and small business energy consumers. Energy Consumers Australia CEO Rosemary Sinclair said the survey of 2,300 consumers, undertaken during August and September 2016, showed that … [Read More] Consumers left wanting more from energy retail markets – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Energy Australia boss says national plan for renewable energy is solution to high power prices – ABC News

Extract from an article by Elysse Morgan One of the country’s largest operators of coal-fired power stations has joined the chorus of big business, unions, welfare and environmental groups calling for an end to Canberra’s blame game over renewables. Key points: Energy Australia takes out full-page newspaper advertisements calling for non-partisan push for clean energy Says … [Read More] Energy Australia boss says national plan for renewable energy is solution to high power prices – ABC News

Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events – Climate Council

By Leslie Hughes and Will Steffen Climate change is now influencing all extreme weather events – with some of the most severe climate impacts occurring in 2016, our latest report has found. Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events finds that while the links between climate change and some extreme weather events … [Read More] Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events – Climate Council

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

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