Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dylan McConnell and Anne Kallies The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. … [Read More] Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last? The Conversation

‘My gate doesn’t even have a lock’, and other gas bill horror stories – News.com.au

Extract from an article by Debbie Schipp BILLS doubling in a house that was empty for two-thirds of a bill cycle, meter readers saying locked gates exist where there’s not even a lock, and discovering you owe thousands because nobody could give you a real meter reading: gas rage just got worse. More angry customers have … [Read More] ‘My gate doesn’t even have a lock’, and other gas bill horror stories – News.com.au

National Energy Efficiency Conference: the news is getting so much better – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Willow Aliento The Australian energy efficiency sector was poised to ratchet up the action, according to industry leaders at last week’s National Energy Efficiency Conference. A raft of leaders to address the conference with positive messages, among them, president of the Energy Efficiency Council Tony Arnel; keynote speaker Dr Brian … [Read More] National Energy Efficiency Conference: the news is getting so much better – The Fifth Estate

Empowering the future – appropriate regulation and consumer protections in emerging energy markets – The Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

SUMMARY The energy market is becoming more complex as new products and services emerge in response to changing technologies and the urgency of the need to reduce emissions. However the rules that govern the energy market – enforcing standards for safety and reliability, and protecting customers from market failures – are based on the old … [Read More] Empowering the future – appropriate regulation and consumer protections in emerging energy markets – The Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Urban vulnerability and adaptation to heatwaves: a case study of Graz (Austria) – Climate Policy

ABSTRACT The increasing frequency of heatwaves, particularly in urban contexts, is one of the perceptible consequences of climate change. A city’s vulnerability to these heatwaves must be determined to develop proper adaptation measures. This article addresses the vulnerability of a medium-sized city in Central Europe, Graz, to heatwaves. Based on secondary data and primary data … [Read More] Urban vulnerability and adaptation to heatwaves: a case study of Graz (Austria) – Climate Policy

Preserving the value of smart meters in Victoria – The Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Competition in metering services is being introduced into the National Electricity Market at the end of 2017. This means that responsibility for electricity meters will change from network businesses to retailers. The purpose of this change is to increase the number of smart meters across the market – presumably, retailers will put smart meters in … [Read More] Preserving the value of smart meters in Victoria – The Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Measuring the societal impact of research: references to climate change research in relevant policy literature – The Impact Blog at LSE

Extract from an article by Lutz Bornmann, Robin Haunschild and Werner Marx A new metric offers insight into the societal impact of scholarly research by tracking the mentions of academic publications in policy documents. Lutz Bornmann, Robin Haunschild and Werner Marx have studied the usefulness of this metric, taking climate change research as their example, and … [Read More] Measuring the societal impact of research: references to climate change research in relevant policy literature – The Impact Blog at LSE

Submission to Transition to Metering Competition in Victoria – CUAC, ATA & Consumer Action

Extract The Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action), and Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) welcome the opportunity to respond to the Energy Policy and Programs Branch of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (The Department) Option Paper on the Transition to Metering Competition in Victoria. The following organisations have … [Read More] Submission to Transition to Metering Competition in Victoria – CUAC, ATA & Consumer Action

Nurses, engineering, food scientist jobs ‘set to boom’ – News.com.au

Extract from an article by Debra Killalea THEY are the jobs that will be the next big thing and those “lucky enough” to be working in these fields will be raking it in. That’s the prediction from author and project director David McEwen, who believes those employed in green industries will be the ones cashing in … [Read More] Nurses, engineering, food scientist jobs ‘set to boom’ – News.com.au

The EnergyFit Homes Initiative: Empowering consumers: Final Report & Associated Working Papers- Low Carbon Living CRC

This report and eight associated working papers are a deliverable for the Project RP3016: ‘Enhancing the market for low-carbon homes at point of sale and lease’ funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. This project is publicly known as the EnergyFit Homes Project: empowering consumers to recognise and value homes with better health, comfort … [Read More] The EnergyFit Homes Initiative: Empowering consumers: Final Report & Associated Working Papers- Low Carbon Living CRC

An economy without growth is far from our biggest worry – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Ross Gittins If you think the possible ascension of Donald Trump is our one big worry you haven’t been paying attention. Some climate scientists are worried sick over the possibility that climate change may be passing the point of no return while we procrastinate over controlling it. Meanwhile, the nation’s … [Read More] An economy without growth is far from our biggest worry – Sydney Morning Herald

Giving evidence in Parliament: training and support to engage with select committees (UK) – The Impact Blog at LSE

Extract from an article by Patrick Hanley Providing evidence to policymakers through select committees is a great way for researchers to influence current policy debates. But if you’ve never done it before, the formality of the task may appear daunting. In the third part of a series on giving evidence in Parliament, Patrick Hanley has compiled thoughts and experiences … [Read More] Giving evidence in Parliament: training and support to engage with select committees (UK) – The Impact Blog at LSE

NSW moves to top of class on energy efficiency – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Luke Menzel Last Thursday was a landmark day in Australia’s energy debate – but not for the reason you might think. Most attention was focused on the long-expected announcement of the closure of Victoria’s Hazelwood power station. The attention was justified – it was a milestone in the transition of Australia’s … [Read More] NSW moves to top of class on energy efficiency – Renew Economy

Natural disasters are affecting some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dale Dominey-Howes, Eleanor Bruce, Ruby E. Stephens, Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick and Thomas Sewell  Bushfires have been the most common natural disaster in New South Wales over the past decade, according to our study published today in Nature’s Scientific Reports. Our study, the first of its kind, looked at disaster declarations in local government areas (LGAs). We … [Read More] Natural disasters are affecting some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities – The Conversation

Retrofitting of homes for people in fuel poverty: Approach based on household thermal comfort – Energy Policy

Highlights •A methodology is proposed for energy retrofit in a fuel poverty context. •Householder’s monthly budget determines the energy retrofit effectiveness. •The cost-effective methodology is not applicable in a fuel poverty context. •Energy retrofit does not reduce energy consumption in a fuel poverty context. •Energy retrofit does not produce monthly monetary savings in a fuel … [Read More] Retrofitting of homes for people in fuel poverty: Approach based on household thermal comfort – Energy Policy

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