Starting a family is a major change in most people’s lives. It is a time of changing priorities and household routines. Larger households with children face ongoing pressures and competing demands on their time as children go through different stages of development. These ongoing changes and dynamics have important implications for families’ ability . . . → Read More: Changing demand: flexibility of energy practices in households with children – RMIT University
Extract from an article by James Whitmore, Michael Hopkin and Sarah Hall
The government has succeeded in getting legislation passed to repeal the carbon tax, despite some last-minute doubts cast by the Palmer United Party’s temporary withdrawal of support last week. Today, however, Clive Palmer’s three senators voted in favour of axing the tax, allowing . . . → Read More: Carbon tax repealed: experts respond – The Conversation
Extract from an article by Matthew Wright
For decades, the Gas & Fuel Corporation of Victoria, through their retail shops, offered low quality, low performance gas heaters at a discount to customers to entice them to take up gas and use lots of it at their properties.
After privatisation, the Gas & Fuel’s network of . . . → Read More: Corporate cannibals: Electricity sector may have to kill gas to save itself – ReNew Economy
Extract from an article by Adam Bumpus
The bill to repeal Australia’s “carbon tax” is poised to pass the Senate, potentially leaving Australia without a working price on carbon.
In the short term, the repeal may provide some relief for businesses and households as electricity bills fall — although possibly not as much as official . . . → Read More: Carbon tax repeal raises long-term risks for Australian business – The Conversation
Extract from an article by John P. Banks
In the past several years there has been intense discussion over the future of the electricity industry, centering on how existing utilities will adapt and evolve as they confront numerous transformational challenges.
A recent working paper from the Governance Studies program at Brookings examining the characteristics of . . . → Read More: Millennials and the Future of Electric Utilities – Brookings
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The Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) recently commissioned a review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), which concluded that the costs of the VEET exceeded the benefits. This result differed with other studies on the VEET and similar energy efficiency certificate schemes, which found that benefits . . . → Read More: Review of Business Impact Assessment of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target
Extract from an article by John Conroy
A new report commissioned by the energy efficiency industry has found assumptions in the Victorian Government’ assessment of over its business the state’s energy efficiency scheme were flawed.
The report was tasked to look at how the government’s Business Impact Assessment of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target came . . . → Read More: Napthine VEET modelling ‘flawed’ – Climate Spectator
There is an urgent need to comprehensively overhaul processes for assessing and developing public infrastructure projects. There are numerous examples of poor value for money arising from inadequate project selection, potentially costing Australia billions of dollars. Additional spending under the status quo will simply increase the cost to users, taxpayers, the community generally, . . . → Read More: Public Infrastructure: Inquiry report – PC
Extract from an article by Jess Hill
In the past few years, our electricity prices have doubled. While the media has feasted on the likes of pink batts, Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson, the astonishing story behind these price hikes has been all but ignored. And yet, it may be one of the greatest rorts . . . → Read More: How network companies lined their pockets and drove electricity prices through the roof – The Monthly
Extract from an article by Kiley Kroh
Thanks to favorable weather and record production from solar and wind power, renewable energy accounted for approximately 31 percent of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014.
Non-hydro renewables made up 27 percent of the country’s power, up from 24 percent last year, according to new . . . → Read More: Renewable Energy Provided One-Third Of Germany’s Power In The First Half Of 2014 – Climate Progress
Extract form an article by Larissa Bulla
The majority of the world’s major cities have disclosed that climate change presents a physical risk to the businesses operating in their cities. This real and current threat is driving local governments – including the City of Sydney and the City of Melbourne – to take concrete action . . . → Read More: Climate adaptation in cities better for business – ReNew Economy
Extract from an article by Tony Wood
Just when we thought there could be no more twists in the saga of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, along comes Clive Palmer.
Palmer’s recent climate policy backflip sent the government’s current review of the renewables target into a spin, led the Prime Minister to make questionable claims about . . . → Read More: Renewables are not the only green energy Australia needs – The Conversation
Background: Despite acclimatisation to hot weather, many individuals in Australia are adversely affected by extreme heat each summer, placing added pressure on the health sector. In terms of public health, it is therefore important to identify vulnerable groups, particularly in the face of a warming climate. International evidence points to a disparity in heat-susceptibility . . . → Read More: Extreme heat and cultural and linguistic minorities in Australia: Perceptions of stakeholders – BMC Public Health
Reducing climate changing emissions associated with residential property continues to be a significant challenge. Five case studies of different domestic energy technology schemes in England highlight the influence of advisers and installers in householders’ decisions to adopt low carbon technologies. Many of these advisers and installers are micro-enterprises working in connected groups in particular . . . → Read More: The role of low carbon retrofit advisers and installers in the adoption and use of domestic energy technology – Energy Policy
Extract from an article by Clancy Yeates
Casual observers of politics might have formed the impression the carbon price is the main reason energy prices have surged in recent years.
If this were the case, scrapping the carbon price should deliver big savings in electricity and gas bills, right? Afraid not. And that means if . . . → Read More: Cheaper power? Maybe not – Sydney Morning Herald