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

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

Event – VCOSS consultation – energy markets review – VCOSS

Melbourne, 15th Feb 2017 Description The Victorian government is currently reviewing the electricity and gas retail markets in Victoria. The review will canvass a range of issues, including: •key drivers of energy pricing, with a focus on retail costs and margins •whether the energy markets are competitive and whether there are constraints on competition, including … [Read More] Event – VCOSS consultation – energy markets review – VCOSS

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

Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds Property infrastructure, energy and social enterprises are hot spots in sustainability, according to sustainable, environmental and energy recruitment specialist Richard Evans. Evans, who is managing director of Talent Nation and chair of the Banksia Foundation, says the consultancies are currently very busy. “They have been recruiting pretty heavily over … [Read More] Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

Solar panels no longer domain of rich, new research finds – The Fifth Estate

Extract The highest uptake of solar PV systems is coming from families and those on lower incomes, new research from the Queensland University of Technology has found. The research, led by Dr Jeff Sommerfeld from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty School of Design, puts lie to the common view that solar panels are mostly installed by … [Read More] Solar panels no longer domain of rich, new research finds – The Fifth Estate

Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Here’s a Better Way to Regulate Carbon and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Nives Dolsak, Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Washington Is it possible to reduce carbon emissions without hurting economic growth and destroying jobs? The recent spate of executive orders, including one to pause current environmental reviews for infrastructure projects and another to revoke two regulations for every new one requested, suggests … [Read More] Here’s a Better Way to Regulate Carbon and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate – The Conversation

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