Time for politicians to correct the record on renewables as meteorologists confirm storm caused blackout 

A newly released Bureau of Meteorology investigation has found seven tornadoes ripped through South Australia and damaged transmission lines on the day of a statewide blackout in September. “The loss of supply corresponded with a widespread outbreak of supercell thunderstorms … Continue reading Time for politicians to correct the record on renewables as meteorologists confirm storm caused blackout 

Momentum builds for Port Augusta solar tower

Momentum for the country’s first solar thermal tower in Port Augusta is building, despite the fossil fuel sector’s recent attack on South Australia’s renewable energy leadership.  Testament to the success of the grassroots Repower Port Augusta campaign and the viability of the … Continue reading Momentum builds for Port Augusta solar tower

Time for Turnbull, Shorten to reject ARENA cuts

National environment group Friends of the Earth welcomes the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) announcement of support for 12 large-scale solar projects across Australia and says it’s time for the Turnbull government and opposition to reject proposed funding cuts. Leigh … Continue reading Time for Turnbull, Shorten to reject ARENA cuts

SA Labor govt stands up to Feds to protect renewables, jobs. Will SA Liberals act?

Renewable energy is under attack again with the Turnbull government proposing to strip the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) of $1.3 billion worth of funds in the name of “budget repair.” South Australian Minister for Energy Tom Koutsantonis has slammed the Turnbull … Continue reading SA Labor govt stands up to Feds to protect renewables, jobs. Will SA Liberals act?

COAG energy council meeting a missed opportunity to grow renewables: Vic holding firm on gas pressure

National environment group Friends of the Earth says the highly-anticipated meeting of the COAG Energy Council has missed an opportunity to deliver a plan for rolling out renewable energy. This afternoon’s statement comes after over 100 community members gathered in … Continue reading COAG energy council meeting a missed opportunity to grow renewables: Vic holding firm on gas pressure

Community members push back against fossil fuel scare campaign: Call for COAG to stand up for renewables

Community members have gathered at the National Convention Centre this morning, the location of a highly anticipated COAG Energy Council meeting, to call on state and federal ministers to stand up to fossil fuel bullies and grow renewables. “Communities are … Continue reading Community members push back against fossil fuel scare campaign: Call for COAG to stand up for renewables

Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

Polling released today by Friends of the Earth shows there is strong support in the Victorian community for an ‘urgent’ transition away from coal to 100 percent renewable energy. The polling shows a large majority, 70 percent of respondents, believe … Continue reading Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed

New research from the Climate Council has identified expensive and unreliable gas power as the key cause of recent electricity price spikes in South Australia. The Climate Council recommends large-scale and distributed energy storage to protect South Australian households from … Continue reading Research finds unreliable, expensive gas cause of SA price spikes: Solar-thermal solution needed