Many studies on household energy efficiency investments suggest that a wide range of seemingly profitable investments are not taken up. This paper provides novel evidence on the main factors behind consumer choices using the OECD Survey on Household Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes. The empirical analysis is based on the estimation of binary logit regression . . . → Read More: Determinants of Households’ Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewables – OECD
The St Vincent de Paul Society, in conjunction with Alviss Consulting, has been tracking changes to residential energy tariffs and reporting on household impacts since 2010. Initially the Tariff-Tracking project only covered Victoria but has since expanded to include New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
SOURCE: “The National Energy . . . → Read More: The National Energy Market–Wrong Way, Go Back? Observations from the Vinnies’ Tariff Tracking Project – St Vincent de Paul Society
Extract from an article by Amy Bainbridge
Consumers are being slugged with rising electricity bills boosted by big network costs and confusing fees from energy retailers, according to a new report.
The analysis, from St Vincent de Paul Society and Alviss Consulting, showed network costs charged for poles and wires made up as much as . . . → Read More: Electricity bills made worse by network costs and confusing fees, report shows – ABC News
Thousands of workers in Australia’s solar power industry are joining together to tell Prime Minister Tony Abbott ‘Don’t mess with our jobs’ in a new campaign by the Clean Energy Council, launched today.
This week sees the campaign’s first wave of newspaper ads featuring ‘selfies’ by hundreds of Australians employed . . . → Read More: 13,000 solar workers tell PM: ‘Don’t mess with our jobs’ in new campaign – Clean Energy Council
Authors: Giles Parkinson and Emma Fitzpatrick
Some of Australia’s leading consumer and community groups have joined forces with the renewable energy industry to call on the Federal Government to leave the Renewable Energy Target (RET) unchanged to keep power prices down and allow the policy to create more jobs – not to mention the environmental . . . → Read More: Consumers push renewable energy as Abbott hedges on RET – REneweconomy
MARK COLVIN: A coalition of consumer and community groups has entered the debate about the renewable energy target. They’ve written to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking him to keep his pre-election promise not to change the target. It requires 20 per cent of electricity to come from low-carbon sources by 2020. A review . . . → Read More: Community groups urge Government to keep RET – ABC News PM
The ‘cost of living crisis’ is now a substantial part of the UK’s political discourse. The prices of essential goods in some product markets have become politicised in a way not seen for a generation, and there is widespread concern about low pay levels. Most of the new policies offered up . . . → Read More: Addressing low pay and the cost of living (UK) – Institute of Economic Affairs
SUMMARY – Extract
Australia’s energy sector has a long history of subsidies, ranging from government-built infrastructure to favourable taxation regimes. The most significant current subsidy is the unpriced cost of carbon emissions, measured as the impacts of climate change on economic growth, environmental systems, health, and security. Excluding the cost of carbon pollution from decision-making . . . → Read More: Counting All The Costs Recognising the carbon subsidy to polluting energy – Climate Institute
Authors: Mark Brown and Annette Cowie
When we think of renewable energy, it’s easy to picture spinning wind turbines or rooftop solar panels. But what about bioenergy?
While wind and solar are now well established – in South Australia wind now supplies 33% of the state’s power generation, while nationwide there are more than . . . → Read More: Bioenergy: Australia’s forgotten renewable energy source (so far) – The Conversation
Extract UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared it had “delivered.” Climate champion and ex-US vice president Al Gore said it gave a “tremendous boost” to momentum for action. The World Resources Institute described it as a massive leap forward. Former Mozambican politician and widow of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, called for a return to the . . . → Read More: Did the New York Climate Summit deliver? – RENew Economy
Residential and commercial building energy use would halve and rooftop PV increase 10-fold if an ambitious plan to decarbonise Australia by 2050 is realised.
The report by ClimateWorks and the Australian National University, Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world, which is to be presented to . . . → Read More: Australia can be zero carbon by 2050 – The Fifth State
ILO Director-General and UNFCCC Executive-Director argue that world leaders meeting at the UN Climate Summit in New York can deliver a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions of decent work opportunities.
In the past, action to combat climate change was viewed largely as running counter to economic growth, with “going green” . . . → Read More: Cleaner, Greener, and Richer – ILO
The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at today’s UN climate summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean ‘delaying action is not an option’. Tim Radford from Climate News Network reports.
GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS will this year reach a new . . . → Read More: Record carbon dioxide levels means delaying action is no longer an option – IA
This paper surveys recent literature examining the relationship between environmental amenities and urban growth. In this survey, we focus on the role of both exogenous attributes such as climate and coastal access as well as endogenous attributes such as local air pollution and green space. A city’s greenness is a function of both its . . . → Read More: Cities and the Environment – NBER
An integrated approach to Australia’s energy policy
The Energy White Paper will set out a coherent and integrated approach to energy policy to reduce cost pressures on households and businesses, improve Australia’s international competitiveness and grow our export base and economic prosperity. An overview of Australia’s energy sector, the key issues that are . . . → Read More: Energy White Paper – Department of Industry (AU)