New issue: Arena Magazine Issue # 142

Table of Contents: A selection of articles Title Author Page EDITORIAL GETTING REAL ABOUT GROWTH – Free access Alison Caddick 2 LEAD GRAPHIC Michael Leunig 4 COMMENTARY POLITICS AND THE BUDGET PLAN Turnbull leads us further down the path to an 80/20 society John Hinkson 5 UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME Why not just trial it? Elise Klein 6 CLIMATE-CHANGE … [Read More] New issue: Arena Magazine Issue # 142

Energy Poverty in WA: A Comparative Analysis of Drivers and Effects – Curtin University

Energy Poverty in Western Australia: A Comparative Assessment of Drivers and Effects,provides insights into the extent of ‘energy poverty’ in WA and draws on unique data gathered through face-to-face interviews and a survey of over 4,000 households. Lead report author, Dr Tom Houghton, Curtin Graduate School of Business, said the report findings draw attention to … [Read More] Energy Poverty in WA: A Comparative Analysis of Drivers and Effects – Curtin University

Low income families fail to benefit from low-carbon dividends – Curtin University

Media Release – 60 per cent of low income families surveyed indicated that they either frequently or occasionally curtailed their use of heating or cooling despite feeling discomfort A new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has shown that low income households in Western Australia (WA) are spending around 12 per cent … [Read More] Low income families fail to benefit from low-carbon dividends – Curtin University

22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels) – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Tim Forcey Winter is here! Despite many Australians opting not to heat their homes to the point of complete comfort, many of us nevertheless will soon receive a nasty surprise when the energy bills arrive. With Australia’s historically cheap energy, old housing stock in many areas, mild climate and frequent emphasis … [Read More] 22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels) – The Conversation

Nice work if you can get it: Jobs outcomes from renewables growth policies – The Australia Institute

The Australia Institute has modelled the number jobs in the clean energy sector which would be created to meet the renewable energy targets proposed by political parties this election. All parties are talking about jobs and economic opportunities in the lead up to the 2016 federal election. The report estimates the number of jobs that … [Read More] Nice work if you can get it: Jobs outcomes from renewables growth policies – The Australia Institute

Green homes are only as green as their users – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell New research out of Michigan State University has found that more than 50 per cent of potential energy savings from energy efficient homes can be lost if users don’t know how to use the buildings properly. A study, published in Procedia Engineering, found that incorrect use of airconditioners, thermostats, … [Read More] Green homes are only as green as their users – The Fifth Estate

Leveraging energy efficiency to finance public-private social housing projects – Energy Policy

Highlights •In Italy, the provision of affordable dwellings was disregarded for years. •Recently, instead, social housing has come back to be among the main agenda items. •Latest regulations try to tie together social housing and Public-Private Partnership. •Social tenants may be asked to pay more than in protected and regulated tenancies. •Energy-efficient measures allow keeping … [Read More] Leveraging energy efficiency to finance public-private social housing projects – Energy Policy

Unintended outcomes of electricity smart-metering: trading-off consumption and investment behaviour – Energy Efficiency

ABSTRACT Smart-metering allows electricity utilities to provide consumers with better information on their energy usage and to apply time-of-use pricing. These measures have been shown to reduce electricity consumption and induce time-shifting of demand. Less is known about how they affect residential energy efficiency investment behaviour. We use data from a randomised-controlled trial on a … [Read More] Unintended outcomes of electricity smart-metering: trading-off consumption and investment behaviour – Energy Efficiency

The hidden energy cost of smart homes – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Yolande Strengers,  Janine Morley, Larissa Nicholls and Mike Hazas Light globes that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food: our homes are getting smart. These devices, just a few examples of what is known as … [Read More] The hidden energy cost of smart homes – The Conversation

Victorian Government response to the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 – Dept. of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (Vic)

In 2015, the Victorian Government commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 as a first step in its commitment to position Victoria as a leader in climate change action. The independent review committee’s final report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister on Thursday 11 February 2016. The review found that the … [Read More] Victorian Government response to the Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 – Dept. of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (Vic)

Natural Disasters and Natural Disaster Insurance: An Australian perspective – ACFSS, Griffith University

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Recent natural disasters in Australia have prompted some calls for the establishment of national natural disaster insurance program to address apparent problems of availability and affordability in the existing private insurance market. We first examine the incidence and impact of natural disasters during a recent period and find that although there … [Read More] Natural Disasters and Natural Disaster Insurance: An Australian perspective – ACFSS, Griffith University

Households in the dark: Mapping electricity disconnections in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland – St Vincent de Paul Society

SUMMARY This project has analysed and mapped approximately 200,000 electricity disconnections for non-payment raised by AGL in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland between July 2012 and July 2015. As the purpose of this project was to explore when, where and why households are disconnected from electricity, rather than a single retailer’s disconnection practices, … [Read More] Households in the dark: Mapping electricity disconnections in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South East Queensland – St Vincent de Paul Society

Batteries storage key to tapping power of renewable energy for Victorian consumers – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Brian Robins The uptake of solar batteries is crucial to the effective expansion of renewable energy in Australia, to take advantage of times of peak power production, the energy market operator has said. In a report released on Thursday, the Australian Energy Market Operator has called for more investment to upgrade the electricity network as plans for wind … [Read More] Batteries storage key to tapping power of renewable energy for Victorian consumers – Sydney Morning Herald

Spot the difference: Where the parties diverge on policy – ABC News

A snapshot of how the parties’ policies vary — or try our in-depth policy guide. SOURCE: Tim Leslie, Paul Donoughue, Colin Gourlay, Lucy Fahey, and Ben Spraggon, “Spot the difference: Where the parties diverge on policy”, ABC News, 26 May 2016 Link to website BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St … [Read More] Spot the difference: Where the parties diverge on policy – ABC News

Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world – BBC News

Extract from an article by Matt McGrath New solar, wind and hydropower sources were added in 2015 at the fastest rate the world has yet seen, a study says. Investments in renewables during the year were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants, the Renewables Global Status Report found. For … [Read More] Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world – BBC News

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