National environment group Friends of the Earth have branded the newly established wind commissioner role a joke: “The establishment of a wind commissioner is the stuff of satire,” said Friends of the Earth renewables spokesperson, Leigh Ewbank. While Federal government became a … Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Wind commissioner the stuff of satire
By Anna Boddenberg & Mark Tyler If you have been following the Earthworker Cooperative journey for a while now you’ll know we’ve had our ups and downs over the last 17 years, but in that time we’ve made enormous gains. … Continue reading EarthWorker initiative approaches milestone, need your help
Opinion piece by David Clarke. For more information see ramblingsdc.net There are some selfish reasons to leave the electricity grid, and a very good altruistic reason to stay connected. Recently there has been much speculation about the option of going off-grid; … Continue reading Opinion: Off-grid, or not?
This article was originally posted at The Climate Group. View the original post here. LONDON: Japan will soon have the world’s largest floating solar power plant, signalling increasing adoption of the efficient and innovative technology in Japan, which is due partly to lack of … Continue reading Japan Will Soon Have the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant
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In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.
But Professor Larkins is several years behind developments in renewable energy and its integration into electricity grids. In fact, we already have technically feasible scenarios to run the Australian electricity industry on 100% renewable energy — without significantly affecting supply. Continue reading “Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity”
Article originally posted at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. View the original post here. July 1 (Bloomberg) — Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as … Continue reading Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments
Australia’s Climate Council released a video this month on the back of their landmark report into the ageing fossil-fuel energy sector, finding that many of Australia’s generators will be too old for carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as … Continue reading The Climate Council – What’s up with Australia’s electricity sector?
In the eight years between 2005 and 2013 South Australia’s installed wind capacity grew from 388 MW to 1203 MW thanks to the Renewable Energy Target and price on carbon – a result which saw 25% of the state’s electricity … Continue reading Report finds SA’s leading wind capacity benefits pricing and emissions
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On Wednesday April 16, Friends of the Earth brought its fact-finding RET Review Road Trip to Morwell, in the heart of Victoria’s coal and energy producing Latrobe Valley.
Morwell offered a clear point of contrast to the first stop in our road trip, the Hepburn Wind farm, but what does it have to do with the review of the Renewable Energy Target?
As the recommendations of the review will shape Australia’s energy future it is essential for the reviewers to have a real understanding of how coal power affects communities. Modeling by IES Advisory shows a weakened Renewable Energy Target will result in 6-9 per cent more coal generation, and up to 16 per cent more gas generation. For towns on the coal face this means the outdated fleet of coal generators will keep polluting.
Our visit also allowed us to understand peoples’ views towards the Renewable Energy Target and their vision for Australia’s energy future. Continue reading “RET Road Trip #2: Morwell residents look to renewable energy future”
Originally posted at The Conversation. View the original post here. We are in the coal business. If you want decent hospitals, schools and police on the beat we all need to understand that. – Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, June 2012. It … Continue reading Australia’s biggest coal state plans for life beyond coal