Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment – Renew Economy

-+*Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath Australia’s dramatic backwards slide on climate action and low-carbon policy under the federal Coalition is, by now, well documented. Since coming into power, Tony Abbott and his climate-sceptic team have dumped the nation’s world-leading carbon pricing scheme, wound back renewable energy support mechanisms, and taken aim at the Climate … [Read More] Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment – Renew Economy

Victorian energy retailers failing struggling customers: disconnection on the rise – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

-+*The Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV) Annual Report for 2013/14 suggests energy retailers are failing to offer sufficient assistance to customers struggling with high bills. During the year, EWOV received an average of 37 calls a day from Victorians concerned about imminent or actual disconnection. EWOV reported its highest level of cases level in one year, … [Read More] Victorian energy retailers failing struggling customers: disconnection on the rise – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes – Energy Policy

-+*ABSTRACT The UK?s housing stock generates approximately 27% of the country?s total annual carbon emissions. In light of the legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions, new housing is subject to a tightening of regulations governing energy demand and efficiency resulting in a gradual improvement in carbon emissions. The question is how to achieve the … [Read More] Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes – Energy Policy

Gas prices will explode due to Queensland exports, says Grattan Institute – Sydney Morning Herald

-+*Extract from an article by Esther Han Larger households that use gas for cooking, hot water and heating will be hit with a yearly bill increase of up to $435 in the eastern states and the government should do nothing to intervene, the Grattan Institute has said. In the next two to three years, high … [Read More] Gas prices will explode due to Queensland exports, says Grattan Institute – Sydney Morning Herald

Governments under-invest in natural disaster mitigation: Productivity Commission – VCOSS

-+*The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s recently released Natural Disaster Funding Draft Report argues that a greater focus on mitigation would limit the impact of natural disasters, and the Australian Government should increase mitigation funding to the States. The report finds that the evolution of natural disaster funding arrangements is characterised by a ‘growing generosity’ by the Australian … [Read More] Governments under-invest in natural disaster mitigation: Productivity Commission – VCOSS

Looming gas price rise needs action to protect low-income groups – VCOSS

-+*Extract from Blog Post Sixteen years ago, an explosion at Esso’s Longford gas plant and the consequent three-week shutdown of the gas network reminded most Victorians of their heavy reliance on having gas piped into their homes to fuel essential appliances. Gas was cheap and almost ubiquitous, and the flexibility of gas cooking and affordable … [Read More] Looming gas price rise needs action to protect low-income groups – VCOSS

Heatwave warnings heeded – PS News

-+*Extract An analysis of health service data has found a spike in people using Emergency Departments, the nurse-on-call service and the National Home Doctor Service during January’s heat wave, particularly older Victorians. Minister for Health, David Davis said the data showed Victorians were listening to public health warnings about the impact of heat on the health … [Read More] Heatwave warnings heeded – PS News

Energy ombudsman reports surge in gas and electricity shut-off disputes – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Beau Donelly Complaints about gas and electricity disconnections have soared in Victoria as energy retailers take a harder line against households struggling to pay their bills. The Energy and Water Ombudsman’s annual report reveals concerns about essential services being cut off have overtaken gripes about high bills for the first time, … [Read More] Energy ombudsman reports surge in gas and electricity shut-off disputes – The Age

Lack of heatwave planning endangers lives – VCOSS

-+*Media Release Victoria’s inadequate heatwave planning is endangering lives and must be immediately addressed before the summer heat begins, warns the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Victoria needs to learn the lessons of recent years, where heatwaves have claimed hundreds of lives, and afford the risk of heatwaves the attention and detailed planning responses these … [Read More] Lack of heatwave planning endangers lives – VCOSS

Rising energy retailer complaints require action – VCOSS

-+*Media Release The rising rate of utilities disconnections and complaints revealed by the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria must prompt government action to address the underlying causes of energy hardship, warns the One Million Homes Alliance. The massive increase in energy customers seeking EWOV’s help to deal with disconnection, payment difficulties, or debt collection shows … [Read More] Rising energy retailer complaints require action – VCOSS

Victorian emergency services chief promises heat wave plan – ABC The World Today

-+*Pat McGrath ELEANOR HALL: The head of Victoria’s emergency services has vowed to introduce a plan to manage heat waves before summer hits.More than 500 people died in the state’s two prolonged heat waves over the past five years, and the state’s auditor-general has warned that authorities are not prepared for the threat of more … [Read More] Victorian emergency services chief promises heat wave plan – ABC The World Today

Victorian Government lauds VEET cut in Energy Statement – The Fifth Estate

-+*Cameron Jewell The Victorian Government has pointed to its axing of the state’s energy efficiency target as a win for consumers, even as a business impact statement found benefits to consumers under the scheme outweighed the costs to those not participating. Announcing the Victorian Energy Policy Statement, Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe said … [Read More] Victorian Government lauds VEET cut in Energy Statement – The Fifth Estate

Pain of high energy bills shows in Ernst and Young report – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Esther Han One in three Australian households have missed an electricity bill payment in the past year and one in 10 have skipped three or more, largely because they could not afford to pay, new research shows. As soaring energy prices squeeze family budgets, consultancy firm Ernst and Young found … [Read More] Pain of high energy bills shows in Ernst and Young report – The Age

Prospects darken for Victoria’s energy efficiency future – Climate Spectator

-+*Extract from an article by Tristan Edis As the International Energy Agency declares that the global energy efficiency market is an ‘invisible powerhouse’ worth at least $US310 billion per annum, and vital to containing global warming, the Victorian Napthine Government is about to move to make it genuinely invisible and not very powerful in Victoria. As foreshadowed … [Read More] Prospects darken for Victoria’s energy efficiency future – Climate Spectator

2000 green jobs on the line – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Richard Willingham The fate of more than 2000 jobs in the energy efficiency industry will be in the hands of the Victorian Parliament next week, with balance of power MP Geoff Shaw set to play a key role, green groups say. The Napthine government has scrapped the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target … [Read More] 2000 green jobs on the line – The Age

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