Poor Renters Devote More of Their Income to Keeping the Lights On (US) – Next City

Extract from an article by Jen Kinney Low-income, black, Latino and renter households all face a greater energy burden — the percentage of income spent on home energy bills — than the average family, according to a new study. Co-authored by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and The Energy Efficiency for All … [Read More] Poor Renters Devote More of Their Income to Keeping the Lights On (US) – Next City

How to make cities more energy efficient – MIT News

Extract from an article by David L. Chandler Retrofitting a small portion of buildings would have big impact on cities’ carbon emissions. Many programs encourage owners of homes and other buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sometimes offering substantial subsidies or tax incentives for doing so. Now, planners may have a way to determine where such … [Read More] How to make cities more energy efficient – MIT News

A Policy Pathfinder for the Sustainable Development Goals – OECD

Extract from an article by Ron Gass, founding Director of the OECD Directorate of Social Affairs, Manpower and Education and the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Education (CERI) At one time, I might have said that sustainable development is in the OECD’s blood, but biological metaphors have made enormous progress over the past few … [Read More] A Policy Pathfinder for the Sustainable Development Goals – OECD

Utility to take part of Melbourne suburb off-grid with solar + storage – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson Victoria network operator Ausnet Services is to take part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid, powered only with rooftop solar and battery storage, in a first-of-its kind trial in Australia that points to the speed of the household energy revolution. There is growing interest in the use of … [Read More] Utility to take part of Melbourne suburb off-grid with solar + storage – Renew Economy

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australian money – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 pre cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The … [Read More] New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australian money – Renew Economy

Measuring energy poverty in Greece – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT A comprehensive research in the field of energy poverty is undertaken in this paper, in an attempt to highlight the great vulnerability of Greek households on energy poverty, in the middle of a severe economic crisis. Till now, Greek energy policy has been considered insufficient to tackle energy poverty issues, as focusing mainly on … [Read More] Measuring energy poverty in Greece – Energy Policy

Ideas for Australia: A six-point plan for getting climate policy back on track – The Conversation

The Conversation has asked 20 academics to examine the big ideas facing Australia for the 2016 federal election and beyond. The series examines, among other things, the state of democracy, health, education, environment, equality, freedom of speech, federation and economic reform. Extract from an article by Peter Christoff Associate Professor, School of Geography, University of Melbourne The … [Read More] Ideas for Australia: A six-point plan for getting climate policy back on track – The Conversation

Can Mojo’s Subscription-Based Electricity Bills Save You Money? Lifehacker

Extract from an article by Hayley Williams Electricity retailer Mojo Power launched today in NSW, promising reduced bills and a radically different way of paying for energy. Simply put, Mojo’s subscription-based service gives you access to wholesale electricity pricing — but can it really save you money, and how does it actually work? How Does … [Read More] Can Mojo’s Subscription-Based Electricity Bills Save You Money? Lifehacker

The fight for the environment and the fight for blue-collar jobs are one and the same – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Van Badham Market exploitation of working class people and of the environment adds up to the endangerment of both and, ultimately, us all The Great Australian Bight is a pristine marine environment. It’s a haven for humpback and sperm whales, blue whales and beak whales. It’s Australia’s most significant seal … [Read More] The fight for the environment and the fight for blue-collar jobs are one and the same – The Guardian

When measuring research, we must remember that ‘engagement’ and ‘impact’ are not the same thing – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Stephen Taylor In the Innovation Statement late last year, the federal government indicated a strong belief that more collaboration should occur between industry and university researchers. At the same time, government, education and industry groupings have made numerous recommendations for the “impact” of university research to be assessed alongside or in … [Read More] When measuring research, we must remember that ‘engagement’ and ‘impact’ are not the same thing – The Conversation

Making energy visible – VCOSS

SUMMARY – Extract A new VCOSS report, Making energy visible, explains how in-home display units can help people lower their energy costs, and assesses four models available in Victoria. In-home displays are digital devices people can install in their homes to provide them with information about their energy use and costs. An in-home display unit … [Read More] Making energy visible – VCOSS

How to increase public support for policy: understanding citizens’ perspectives (UK) – The Impact Blog at LSE

Extract from an article by Peter van Wijck and Bert Niemeijer Policy-makers, we presume, want to solve social problems. Therefore, they select policy measures. In practice, these measures tend to trigger different reactions in society. How might a government avoid bad reactions, such as the tuition fees protests and ‘bedroom tax’ campaigns? Peter van Wijck and … [Read More] How to increase public support for policy: understanding citizens’ perspectives (UK) – The Impact Blog at LSE

Business could save £1bn through energy behaviour change (UK) – The Telegraph

Extract from an article by Jillian Ambrose British companies could save as much as £1bn on their energy bills by changing their ‘energy behaviours’ rather than rely on technical solutions, according to Npower energy experts. Npower Business Solutions, a division of the Big Six supplier, said that it has already helped customers to drive bills down … [Read More] Business could save £1bn through energy behaviour change (UK) – The Telegraph

UK Renewables Break New Records As Electricity Bills Drop (UK) – Clean Technica

Extract from an article by Joshua S Hill New figures published by the UK Government have highlighted the record performance of the country’s renewable energy industry during 2015. According to new figures published (PDF) by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 2015 saw renewable energy generate a record 24.7% of the country’s electricity, an … [Read More] UK Renewables Break New Records As Electricity Bills Drop (UK) – Clean Technica

The tragic effects of neglecting energy efficiency (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe The British government’s policies on energy efficiency are causing a crisis in the industry where confidence has hit an all-time low. This is coming at a time when, by contrast, consumers and investors are beginning to gain enthusiasm for energy efficiency, not just in the UK, but in … [Read More] The tragic effects of neglecting energy efficiency (UK) – The Fifth Estate

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