Extract from an article by Matthew Wright
Electricity network businesses around Australia are currently reviewing how they collect revenue, as more and more customers turn to sourcing a significant proportion of their energy needs from solar.
At the moment, the network businesses are at risk of an own goal by pursuing regulatory changes that will . . . → Read More: Outdated power pricing burden Australian households – Renew Economy
The UK Government has unveiled an ambitious retrofit programme that seeks significant improvement to the energy efficiency of the housing stock. High quality data on the energy efficiency of buildings and their related energy demand is critical to supporting and targeting investment in energy efficiency. Using existing home improvement programmes over the past 15 . . . → Read More: Energy efficiency in the British housing stock – Energy Policy
Extract from an article by Helen Davidson
Buyers must beware as climate change threatens to increase insurance premiums and lower property values, Australia’s Climate Institute and the consumer watchdog Choice have warned.
Extreme weather risk and climate events could lower property values in some areas by 20% or more, and double the cost of insurance . . . → Read More: Homebuyers must factor in climate change, warns Australian watchdog – The Guardian
Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan
Four in ten Australians believe relations with Indonesia are worsening – 24 points higher than in 2008 – while nearly half expect China will become a military threat to us in the next 20 years, according to the 2014 Lowy Institute poll.
The annual poll also finds climate . . . → Read More: Australians start to warm again on the climate issue – The Conversation
Extract from an article by Tina Perinotto
At a property industry event last week we got talking to a climate sceptic. The conversation centered, as it does these days, not on whether climate change is occurring – not many are now denying that – but whether humans are responsible.
He was an older man and . . . → Read More: Concern about climate continues to climb – The Fifth Estate
With policy directions firmly moving towards net zero energy homes, what do we know about the perceptions and experiences of households who already live in homes at or near that standard? The research sets out to determine whether householders believe these buildings are thermally comfortable, and if they feel confident operating the smart technologies . . . → Read More: Near zero energy homes – What do users think? Energy Policy
Extract from an article by Margot O’Neill
Australian cities need to prepare for more frequent, intense and longer-lasting heatwaves, experts say, which could lead to restrictions on black roads and roofs that contribute to dangerous heat traps.
Heatwaves already kill more Australians than bushfires and cyclones and meteorologists say a looming El Nino weather system . . . → Read More: Australian city designs must change in face of deadlier heatwaves – Lateline
Editor’s Note: In this blog, Charles Frank answers five questions on low and no-carbon electricity technologies. For a more detailed look at alternative technologies for reducing emissions, read Frank’s latest paper.
As the science on climate change and its impacts on the global economy become clearer and more urgent, governments are increasingly looking . . . → Read More: Why the Best Path to a Low-Carbon Future is Not Wind or Solar Power – Brookings
The Emissions Reduction Fund
Authors: Alex St John and Kai Swoboda
A core election commitment of the Coalition Government was to repeal the carbon pricing mechanism (CPM) and replace it with a multi-faceted Direct Action Plan (DAP). The CPM imposed a liability on large emitters of greenhouse gases to pay for . . . → Read More: Climate change, energy and the environment – Budget Review 2014–15 Index – Parliamentary Library
As stated in the Expert Panel’s discussion paper, the three objects of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 are:
to encourage the additional generation of electricity from renewable sources; to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector; and to ensure that renewable energy sources are ecologically sustainable.
It should be specifically noted . . . → Read More: ATA Submission on the Renewable Energy Target Review – ATA
Author: Dr Alexander St John, Science, Technology, Environment and Resources Section
This quick guide provides a brief background to the Commonwealth’s renewable energy target (RET)–what it is, what it costs, how it operates, and whether it is achieving its aims.
What is the Renewable Energy Target?
The Renewable Energy Target is a Commonwealth Government . . . → Read More: The Renewable Energy Target: A quick guide – Parliamentary Library
Extract from an article by Alexander St John
his quick guide provides a brief background to the Commonwealth’s renewable energy target (RET)–what it is, what it costs, how it operates, and whether it is achieving its aims.
What is the Renewable Energy Target? The Renewable Energy Target is a Commonwealth Government scheme to increase the . . . → Read More: The Renewable Energy Target: a quick guide – Parliamentary Library
Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath
Advanced waste treatment systems could divert more than 95 per cent of Sydney’s household waste from landfill and convert it into a renewable gas to power, heat and cool buildings, a plan drafted by the City of Sydney has found.
The City’s draft advanced waste treatment master plan, . . . → Read More: Sydney plans to use 95% of its waste for heat and energy – Renew Economy
Extract from an article by Alan Pears
The behaviour of members of the incumbent electricity industry, and policy failures by the Ministerial Council, the Australian Energy Markets Commission and government energy policy makers have led to unnecessarily high electricity costs and price distortions.
These have been well documented by both the Productivity Commission in 2013 . . . → Read More: 9 reasons why renewables can’t be blamed for soaring energy bills – Renew Energy
Extract from an article by Craig Memery
The ATA is conducting groundbreaking research analysing the economics of gas and electricity for Australian homes. So far, we have found that buying a new gas appliance is no longer the most cost-effective choice a householder can make in the long term. Craig Memery, the ATA’s energy policy . . . → Read More: Is gas a good energy option for households? Alternative Technology Association