The World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries – The Energy Collective

Extract from an article by Tom Schueneman There is a sense of excitement in the wake of a momentous Paris Climate Agreement and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last year. The “energy revolution” is already underway, the consequences of which are far-reaching, transforming the way we do business, build our homes and live our lives. But there’s … [Read More] The World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries – The Energy Collective

Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Stephen White If you’ve ever bought a home you’ll know the feeling of deciphering real estate advertising spin. But those advertisements traditionally don’t tell you about how much it will cost to heat, cool and power your home. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) last month called for a … [Read More] Energy star ratings for homes? Good idea, but it needs some real estate flair – The Conversation

More than one way to measure fuel poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence

As energy prices in Australia have risen, so has concern about the impact on people’s wellbeing. This Brotherhood of St Laurence study considers how to define and measure the extent of fuel poverty in Australia, comparing results based on income–energy expenditure with results based on households’ self-reported ability to heat their homes or pay their energy … [Read More] More than one way to measure fuel poverty – Brotherhood of St Laurence

UK gas and electricity: What to do with a market in which consumers ignore the cheapest prices? – The Economist

Extract from an article from The Economist IN JANUARY the “big six” energy companies, which dominate the retail markets in gas and electricity, began their winter ritual of lowering prices. E.ON kicked off, cutting its standard gas tariff by 5.1%; Npower, SSE and Scottish Power then made similar reductions. On February 11th British Gas, owned … [Read More] UK gas and electricity: What to do with a market in which consumers ignore the cheapest prices? – The Economist

Will Victorians opt in to a new flexible electricity pricing model? Clear communcation by power suppliers could make or break the pricing reform – Choice

Extract from an article by Andy Kollmorgen Peak hour energy will cost more under proposed new pricing plan Flexible electricity pricing will be available to consumers in Victoria next year, but whether households take it up will be a matter of choice. Under the new pricing arrangements, consumers will pay more for electricity delivered during peak … [Read More] Will Victorians opt in to a new flexible electricity pricing model? Clear communcation by power suppliers could make or break the pricing reform – Choice

Energy industry needs to focus on consumers, it may need them – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson You hear it quite regularly now from energy utilities: ‘This is all about the consumer, we are focused on what our consumer wants, our products are geared towards changing consumer needs.’ Except that – but for a few tentative steps towards new technologies by some leading players – it’s … [Read More] Energy industry needs to focus on consumers, it may need them – Renew Economy

Ten rules for successful research collaboration – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Robyn Keast and  Michael Charles The federal government announced last year that it wants to see more collaboration between academia and industry. The government believes this will help “find solutions to real world problems and create jobs and growth”. But collaboration is not easy to achieve or sustain. Between 50% … [Read More] Ten rules for successful research collaboration – The Conversation

Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 – Victorian Government

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract The Climate Change Act 2010(the Act) The Act was passed by the Victorian Parliament in September 2010 and came into effect on 1 July 2011. Review of the Act The Act was reviewed in late 2011, triggered by the introduction of the Clean Energy Act 2011 by the Commonwealth Government. This, the second Independent Review … [Read More] Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 – Victorian Government

Go ask ‘Gladys’: Why gender matters in energy consumption policy and research – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Sherilyn MacGregor Gender norms and relations should be a core concern for energy researchers and policy-makers because they mediate access to resources, adoption of values and practices, capacity to make choices, and opportunities for participation in all aspects of society (from markets to politics).  Here, Sherilyn MacGregor outlines how gender norms and identities … [Read More] Go ask ‘Gladys’: Why gender matters in energy consumption policy and research – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Energy-efficient housing to get $250m boost from Clean Energy Finance Corporation – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Lenore Taylor The agency, which the government is still seeking to abolish, will fund up to 1,000 homes for low-income earners The Turnbull government will announce $250m in loans for energy-efficient public housing on Tuesday, funded by an agency it is still seeking to abolish. The $250m will be provided by … [Read More] Energy-efficient housing to get $250m boost from Clean Energy Finance Corporation – The Guardian

Energy in Australia 2015 – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Australia’s energy industry continues to support the domestic and global economy, according to Energy in Australia 2015, released by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. ‘Australia produces around three times our energy needs,’ the Department’s Chief Economist, Mark Cully, said. In 2014–15 energy exports brought about $67 billion to the Australian economy. Australia continues to … [Read More] Energy in Australia 2015 – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Australian Government backs liveable cities with $250 million for energy efficient community housing – Greg Hunt Media Release

The Australian Government’s better cities commitment is being given a boost with a new $250 million program which will help provide affordable energy efficient housing to low income earners. The new program will help drive the construction of market-leading energy efficient community housing in 2016, contributing to the greening of Australia’s cities and built environment. … [Read More] Australian Government backs liveable cities with $250 million for energy efficient community housing – Greg Hunt Media Release

Watching Brief: Final update on the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program – Minister for the Environment

Extract The Program ran from 2009 to 2010. It resulted in the tragic loss of four young men, damage to many existing businesses and houses destroyed by fire. In December 2013, the Government established the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program led by Mr Ian Hanger AM QC, which reported to the Government in … [Read More] Watching Brief: Final update on the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program – Minister for the Environment

Australia electricity demand jumps as policy makers fail on efficiency – Renew Energy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson January 2016 was the eleventh successive month to record an increase in total demand for electricity in the National Electricity Market (NEM). Total annual demand is now 1.7 per cent higher than the minimum level recorded in the year to February 2015 (Figure 3), a sustained rate of … [Read More] Australia electricity demand jumps as policy makers fail on efficiency – Renew Energy

Tesla Powerwall: what this highly anticipated home energy storage system mean for the Australian energy market – ABC 7:30

Extract from transcript The Powerwall, a lithium-ion battery system designed to store electricity generated from rooftop solar panels, is widely considered to be a game-changer for the electricity industry. LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Australians have taken to solar power spectacularly well – more than a million of us in fact. Some people do it to be … [Read More] Tesla Powerwall: what this highly anticipated home energy storage system mean for the Australian energy market – ABC 7:30

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