Victoria’s electricity providers push to increase customer bills – Herald Sun

Extract from an article by Karen Collier POWER giants have launched a legal bid to force customers to pay more for electricity. Victoria’s distribution mon­opolies — already allowed to claw more than $11 billion in revenue over five years — say they need more to run a reli­able poles and wires network. Documents submitted to … [Read More] Victoria’s electricity providers push to increase customer bills – Herald Sun

How local authorities are reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency in the UK – The Climate Group

Extract from an article by Christine Smith and Norman Walsh Christine Smith, Community Energy Coordinator with Blackpool Council, and Norman Walsh, Director of Firefly Energy, write about how energy efficiency improvements implemented by local authorities can save money and lower emissions in homes despite diminishing support from the UK government. This is part of The Climate … [Read More] How local authorities are reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency in the UK – The Climate Group

Evidence-based policy and policy as ‘translation’: designing a model for policymaking (UK) – Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan The EU referendum campaign and aftermath brought to the fore the ongoing debate about evidence and evidence-based policymaking (EBPM), write Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan. While Michael Gove’ssuggestion that “people in this country have had enough of experts” could be seen as a rebuttal to criticisms … [Read More] Evidence-based policy and policy as ‘translation’: designing a model for policymaking (UK) – Politics & Policy at LSE

Design Thinking in Policymaking Processes: Opportunities and Challenges – Australian Journal of Public Administration

ABSTRACT Design thinking has the potential to improve problem definition and mechanism design in policymaking processes. By promoting greater understanding of how citizens experience government services, design thinking can support public managers who desire to enhance public value. In Australia, as elsewhere, design thinking currently remains separated from mainstream policymaking efforts. This article clarifies the … [Read More] Design Thinking in Policymaking Processes: Opportunities and Challenges – Australian Journal of Public Administration

What are community energy companies trying to accomplish? An empirical investigation of investment motives in the German case – Energy Policy

Highlights •Community energy companies form a specific part of the impact investment sector. •Differences in the valuation of investments exist mainly regarding the return motive. •There are significant differences between North vs South and cooperatives vs LPs. •The return motive plays a higher role for community energy founded 2009–2011. •These differences have to be taken … [Read More] What are community energy companies trying to accomplish? An empirical investigation of investment motives in the German case – Energy Policy

Australia in reverse on energy efficiency, says new global report – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath A new report ranking the world’s largest economies on energy efficiency has once again found Australia lacking, moving in reverse from 10th position out of a field of 16 in 2014, to 16th out of 23 in 2016. Energy efficiency, often described as the “low-hanging fruit” of global climate … [Read More] Australia in reverse on energy efficiency, says new global report – Renew Economy

A quarter of Australians don’t understand benefits of sustainability – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article published on The Fifth Estate A quarter of people don’t understand there’s financial benefits to being sustainable, a survey conducted by IKEA has revealed. The survey, released as part of IKEA’s People and Planet Positive Report, also found that almost half of people don’t know where to begin to make their … [Read More] A quarter of Australians don’t understand benefits of sustainability – The Fifth Estate

Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Fiona Armstrong and Peter C. Doherty As the new Australian parliament takes the reins, health groups are moving to ensure that health minister Sussan Ley addresses a major health threat in this term of government: climate change. Largely ignored by successive federal governments, the health risks from climate change are increasingly urgent. … [Read More] Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being – The Conversation

Australia drifts further from leaders in energy efficiency rankings – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell Australia hasn’t even had a look-in at the top 10 on the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, coming in 16th of the 23 countries rated by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. While the winners pack included the usual suspects – Germany coming in first, followed by Italy and … [Read More] Australia drifts further from leaders in energy efficiency rankings – The Fifth Estate

Climate researcher Garnaut blames high power prices on gas exports – The Advertiser

Extract from an article by Valerina Changarathil SOUTH Australia’s high levels of renewable energy generation require grid-scale storage systems to maintain stability, which can be installed relatively quickly and at a low cost, says economist and climate change researcher Ross Garnaut. Mr Garnaut, who is also chairman and shareholder of South Australian energy systems company ZEN … [Read More] Climate researcher Garnaut blames high power prices on gas exports – The Advertiser

Energy Efficiency Council gives government a “to-do” list – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Willow Aliento The Energy Efficiency Council has released what it claims is a comprehensive and detailed set of recommendations on how Australia can tap into the $470 billion global energy efficiency market, reduce energy bills, improve building performance and reduce carbon emissions. The Australian Energy Efficiency Policy Handbook was launched at Tuesday’s Leaders … [Read More] Energy Efficiency Council gives government a “to-do” list – The Fifth Estate

Australia’s big energy retailers are fattening their consumer margins – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Bruce Mountain The big three electricity retailers (Origin, AGL and EnergyAustralia) recently raised their retail prices in South Australia (SA), New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) with effect from July 1. This post looks at the annual gross margin of the big three, compared to the gross margins on the … [Read More] Australia’s big energy retailers are fattening their consumer margins – Renew Economy

Energy efficiency and economic value in affordable housing – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT Highlights •Dutch affordable housing suppliers recoup sustainability investment by selling dwellings. •Energy-efficient affordable dwellings sell at a premium. •A-labeled dwellings are 7% – 11,000 euros – more valuable than C-labeled ones. •Household characteristics do influence the sustainability premiums, but only slightly. Abstract Strong rental protection in the affordable housing market often prohibits landlords from … [Read More] Energy efficiency and economic value in affordable housing – Energy Policy

It’s not easy being green, especially when affordable help is so hard to find – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Edgar Liu and Bruce Judd The transition to a clean energy future is upon us, as shown by the huge uptake of solar panels and by the Turnbull government’s decision to set up a A$1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund. But what about those people who are at risk of being left … [Read More] It’s not easy being green, especially when affordable help is so hard to find – The Conversation

Greater than the sum of its parts: How to develop collaborative networks to solve complex social issues – The Impact Blog at LSE

Extract from an article by Örjan Bodin Many contemporary societal challenges are complex, and span different domains of knowledge and expertise. This is especially true for environmental issues where the need for more holistic thinking is strongly articulated. But just bringing a set of diverse actors into a room does not by itself solve complex problems, … [Read More] Greater than the sum of its parts: How to develop collaborative networks to solve complex social issues – The Impact Blog at LSE

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