New Green Home Cooling e-book – ATA

How do you passively cool your house to avoid big electricity bills in hot weather? How do windows and insulation work to improve indoor comfort? What are the most energy efficient active cooling systems? These are some of the questions tackled in the ATA’s new and comprehensive Green Home Cooling e-book. Green Home Cooling contains … [Read More] New Green Home Cooling e-book – ATA

The lofty language of Intergenerational Reports – Infographic – The Conversation

Produced by Charis Palmer and Emil Jeyaratnam The Intergenerational Report through the years – Comparing the politics and the policies of the last three reports SOURCE: Palmer, Charis and Jeyaratnam, Emil.  ” Infographic – The lofty language of Intergenerational Reports.” The Conversation 3 March 2015 Link to website BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the … [Read More] The lofty language of Intergenerational Reports – Infographic – The Conversation

Stronger protections for energy customers a must – VCOSS

Media Release A review of the hardship practices of energy companies announced by the Andrews Government today will be an important opportunity to improve protections for Victorians who are struggling to meet spiralling electricity and gas costs, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Victorians are being disconnected from their energy supplies at alarming rates … [Read More] Stronger protections for energy customers a must – VCOSS

One in eight can’t pay their electricity bill. How networks’ infrastructure spend has inflated prices – The Monthly

Extract from an article by Jess Hill In the past few years, our electricity prices have doubled. While the media has feasted on the likes of pink batts, Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson, the astonishing story behind these price hikes has been all but ignored. And yet, it may be one of the greatest rorts … [Read More] One in eight can’t pay their electricity bill. How networks’ infrastructure spend has inflated prices – The Monthly

How Best-Practice Public Administration is Quietly Transforming Victoria – Australian Journal of Public Administration

ABSTRACT Drawing on interviews with nine Victorian Fellows of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, this article documents examples of successful public sector reforms in Victoria. Examples include the following: a reduction in road fatalities, a reduction in household water consumption, securing Melbourne’s liveability despite significant population growth, service and infrastructure delivery, and improved collaboration … [Read More] How Best-Practice Public Administration is Quietly Transforming Victoria – Australian Journal of Public Administration

Flirting with Climate Change: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Subnational Governments in Canada and Australia – Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

ABSTRACT The widely held view is that effective action on climate change requires commitment by national governments to international agreements. Developed nations like Canada and Australia continue to fall short in their commitments to emissions reduction targets established under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Australia refused to ratify its Kyoto commitments until 2008 and Canada withdrew … [Read More] Flirting with Climate Change: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Subnational Governments in Canada and Australia – Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Victorian Energy Prices, January 2015 – St Vincent de Paul Society

An updated report on the Victorian Tariff-Tracking Project produced by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria. This project has tracked electricity and gas tariffs in Victoria and developed a spreadsheet based tool that allows consumer advocates to build on the initial analysis and continue to track changes as they occur. Four workbooks have … [Read More] Victorian Energy Prices, January 2015 – St Vincent de Paul Society

Sydney Uni to divest from fossil fuels, as global momentum builds – ReNew Economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath  The University of Sydney has revealed its plans to begin divesting from heavy-polluting and fossil fuel companies, in an effort to cut the carbon footprint of its investment portfolio by 20 per cent in three years. The partial divestment plan, released by the University on Monday, brings it in … [Read More] Sydney Uni to divest from fossil fuels, as global momentum builds – ReNew Economy

Australia hardest hit by climate – AFR

Original article by Joanna Heath  The Australian Labor Party says new research shows that the Government is not abreast of alterations in the climate. Research by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO reveals that by 2090, average temperatures in Australia will climb 5.1 per cent, against 4.8 per cent in the rest of the world. … [Read More] Australia hardest hit by climate – AFR

Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Cameron Jewell There is “a pervasive culture of mediocre energy performance across the Australian building industry”, according to a damning review by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University that the government has sat on for months and only released just prior to Christmas. It’s what the industry has long turned a blind … [Read More] Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham – The Fifth Estate

Solar Jobs Report Shows Huge Growth (US) – Huffington Post

Extract from an article by Kate Sheppard WASHINGTON -– The solar industry reports job growth 20 times higher than the rest of the U.S. economy, according to a new analysis. As of 2014, there were nearly 174,000 jobs in the solar industry, according to the report from the nonprofit Solar Foundation. That represents 86 percent employment … [Read More] Solar Jobs Report Shows Huge Growth (US) – Huffington Post

Feral o’clock: why families struggle to shift their energy use – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Yolande Strengers and Larissa Nicholls A key plank of the Australian Government’s draft energy policy is to reform electricity pricing so that it more accurately reflects rises and falls in peak demand. New tariffs, such as time-of-use (TOU) pricing, aim to give consumers greater control and choice over electricity, while giving them incentives to shift demand outside … [Read More] Feral o’clock: why families struggle to shift their energy use – The Conversation

What should governments do about energy? Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Walt Patterson What should governments do about energy? What should we want them to do? If you ask, you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some want governments to do absolutely nothing – or so they say. But they take for granted property rights, company law, the law of contracts, … [Read More] What should governments do about energy? Renew Economy

Community Orgs Welcome Energy Commitment – Pro Bono News

Extract from an article posted Tuesday Dec 16 Community organisations have welcomed a move by energy provider AGL Energy to commit $6m to provide greater support for vulnerable energy customers. The organisations- Brotherhood of St Laurence, Financial Counselling Australia, Kildonan UnitingCare, Queensland Council of Social Service, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, South Australia Council of Social … [Read More] Community Orgs Welcome Energy Commitment – Pro Bono News

Household energy and climate mitigation policies: Investigating energy practices in the housing sector- Energy Policy

ABSTRACT One central aim of climate change mitigation in the European Union is to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector. In order to ensure effectiveness of policies targeting household energy conservation, it is important to investigate existing energy practices of different social groups. This article describes and explains energy practices in three leading states … [Read More] Household energy and climate mitigation policies: Investigating energy practices in the housing sector- Energy Policy

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