The IF Intergenerational Unfairness Index: 2014 Edition (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

SUMMARY

This is the second annual update to the original edition of the Intergenerational Unfairness Index, IF’s pioneering attempt to measure intergenerational unfairness in the UK. Further developing the measures established by the previous Editions, this piece of research found that the prospects of young people appear to be worsening across a range of key . . . → Read More: The IF Intergenerational Unfairness Index: 2014 Edition (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Victorian Energy Prices July 2014: An update report on the Victorian Tariff Tracking Project – St Vincent De Paul Society

Extract To date, this project has tracked electricity and gas tariffs in Victoria from July 2008 (retail price deregulation took effect on January 1 2009) to July 2014, and developed a spreadsheet based tool that allows consumer advocates to build on the initial analysis and continue to track changes as they occur.

We have developed . . . → Read More: Victorian Energy Prices July 2014: An update report on the Victorian Tariff Tracking Project – St Vincent De Paul Society

Communicating climate change: the view from Sweden – Talking Climate

Extract from Blog Post

n this guest post based on her recent review paper, Victoria Wibeck (Linköping University) asks why des­pite wide­spread con­cern about cli­mate change, more mean­ingful action is not forthcoming…

The public response to cli­mate change in the west presents a per­sistent and prob­lem­atic paradox. Numerous sur­veys indicate wide­spread con­cern about the issue, . . . → Read More: Communicating climate change: the view from Sweden – Talking Climate

Will we let the sun shine in? The Australia Institute

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on the solar industry in Australia. It provides a brief overview of the size, growth and prospects for the Australian solar industry and argues that as the number of solar panels installed continues to rise, the cost of installation and maintenance will continue to fall. The paper argues that the productivity . . . → Read More: Will we let the sun shine in? The Australia Institute

Victorian govt failing workers in traditional and emerging industries – Renew Energy

Extract from an article by Mark Wakeham

Last Friday the pot lines at Alcoa’s Point Henry aluminium smelter near Geelong were switched off. In coming months up to 800 workers will be seeking new employment. On Wednesday the owners of the Energy Brix power station and briquette factory near Morwell, built in 1949, announced that . . . → Read More: Victorian govt failing workers in traditional and emerging industries – Renew Energy

Renewable industry jobs left blowing in the wind – The Canberra Times

Extract from an article by John Thistleton

One was an electrical engineer, the other a shearer. Both have been blown sideways in an 80 km/h gale, before swinging, then dangling, from underneath 80-metre-high wind turbines.

Phil Lewis, the shearer, and Andrew Milne, an engineer, have retrained for the renewable energy industry. Along with two former . . . → Read More: Renewable industry jobs left blowing in the wind – The Canberra Times

Social and political influences on environmentalism in Australia – Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT

Multivariate analyses of national survey data show that social background has an important influence upon environmental attitudes and behaviour in Australia. The tertiary educated consistently adopt a pro-environmental stance across a range of behaviours, including reducing their consumption, initiating lifestyle changes and voting for the Australian Greens. Men are less likely than women to . . . → Read More: Social and political influences on environmentalism in Australia – Journal of Sociology

Network regulation and regulatory institutional reform: Revisiting the case of Australia – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT

It is well-understood that the success of liberalizing the electricity supply industry depends crucially on the quality and design of the regulatory and institutional framework. This paper analyses the regulatory arrangements that underpin the work of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). These arrangements are contrasted with the regulatory structure of electricity provision in Norway. . . . → Read More: Network regulation and regulatory institutional reform: Revisiting the case of Australia – Energy Policy

The impacts of extreme weather on the health and well-being of people who are homeless: views from Victorian service providers – Monash Sustainability Institute

SUMMARY

Extreme weather events, such as bushfires, floods, and heat waves, have major impacts on health and wellbeing and are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change. Homeless people are more vulnerable to these events due to greaterenvironmental exposure, reduced adaptive capacity and high prevalence of mental andphysical health problems.This semi?qualitative . . . → Read More: The impacts of extreme weather on the health and well-being of people who are homeless: views from Victorian service providers – Monash Sustainability Institute

Energy Retailers given the green light to increase prices at will – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

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The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is set to rubber stamp energy retailers’ ability to increase prices for consumers as often as they like. Energy retailers would have been banned from increasing a customer’s tariff mid contract under a proposal from Consumer Action Law Centre and Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, but the AEMC’s proposed . . . → Read More: Energy Retailers given the green light to increase prices at will – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Energy efficiency: more important than renewables? The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Bruce Easton

In this edited version of a presentation given at the recent Clean Energy Council’s Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney, Bruce Easton suggests energy efficiency is more important than renewables and needs a stronger voice in the Australian energy debate.

his is a big call and I’m not . . . → Read More: Energy efficiency: more important than renewables? The Fifth Estate

Cold-hearted power companies tell shivering pensioners to rug up – Herald Sun

Extract from an article by Karen Collier

FREEZING pensioners who can’t afford to heat their homes say energy firms are telling them to switch off and rug up instead.

Power companies are also accused of advising some desperate customers to borrow from family and friends to pay off their bills.

Shocking allegations of insensitive treatment . . . → Read More: Cold-hearted power companies tell shivering pensioners to rug up – Herald Sun

Protecting the environment starts at people’s front doors – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Adam Corner

Protecting the environment starts at people’s front doors, not in climate treaties, argues a new report. Will thinking locally lead to greater support for global climate change aims?

Climate change is easily the most confounding ‘collective action’ problem we have ever faced. We must act – collectively – . . . → Read More: Protecting the environment starts at people’s front doors – The Guardian

Energy efficiency regulations for the private rented sectors (UK) – Domestic Private Rented Sector (PRS) Regulations Working Group

It is essential that the UK reduce its carbon emissions to tackle climate change. The UK’s 2050 carbon targets will not be met without reductions in buildings’ carbon emissions. The Carbon Plan 2011 outlines a system of carbon budgets to drive progress towards the 2050 targets by setting a series of successive carbon emission targets. . . . → Read More: Energy efficiency regulations for the private rented sectors (UK) – Domestic Private Rented Sector (PRS) Regulations Working Group

How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dylan McConnell

The review of the Renewable Energy Target is due to be handed to the federal government any day now, yet amazingly there are still conflicts over whether the policy makes electricity more or less expensive.

Amid claims that the target raises power prices, most people will want to . . . → Read More: How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills? The Conversation

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