An ambitious renewable-energy plan by Tweed Shire Council to produce 25 per cent of its own power from solar in under five years and half of it with storage by 2025 is expected to save up to $1.5 million per year in ratepayer funds.
A major new study has underlined the crucial role played by rooftop solar in moderating energy prices: without it, the study says, the aggregate cost of electricity would have been several billion dollars higher over the past year.
It is now abundantly clear what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for when he vowed to leave Tony Abbott’s climate and clean energy policies untouched when negotiating his ascension to the prime minister’s office in 2015: it was for a complete and utter repudiation of everything about climate he once said he stood for.
More than 11,000 households and small businesses in Lismore have made the switch to renewable energy, making it the postcode with tenth most solar panels in the country.
The keenly interested audience of more than 80 gathered at the Mullum Civic Centre on Thursday night were not disappointed by the promise of ‘a night of action on renewables.’
CANBERRA [AAP] The nation’s energy ministers are readying up for a stoush over a clean energy target, after some states threatened to go it alone if the federal government continues to dally. The state and territory ministers meeting in Brisbane on... Read More →
Katina Curtis CANBERRA [AAP] Power bills would fall significantly over the next decade if the federal government adopted a clean energy target. And they would fall even further if a more aggressive target was adopted, a new analysis has found.... Read More →
IOWA CITY [AP] US president Donald Trump’s putdown of wind energy at an Iowa rally has been denounced across the state, which has been a national leader in wind generation. Trump was talking up his support for coal during his... Read More →
Michael Shields & John Miller ZURICH [RAW] Swiss voters have backed the government’s plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum. Provisional final... Read More →
CANBERRA [AAP] Key crossbench senators are skeptical about the Turnbull government’s $2 billion plan to expand the iconic Snowy Hydro scheme. The prime minister was out inspecting the project on Thursday, which could be in line for a 50 per... Read More →
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. The climate change debate, important to most people aspiring to a sustainable future, has reached the pinnacle of achievement for our adversarial democracy; total ideological log-jam.
MELBOURNE [AAP & other sources] The Liberal parties in three Labor-held states have backed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s call for a single national approach for renewable energy targets as he pushes forward for Canberra to take control on the issue.... Read More →
With the future of some of its coal-fired generators in doubt, the town of Collie in Western Australia may be revitalised with new solar, biomass and pumped hydro facilities.
Melbourne [AAP] Federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg is urging his state counterparts to come together to ‘keep the lights on’ as they gather for an emergency meeting in Melbourne. Uniform renewable energy targets and a formal review of the nation’s... Read More →
The Coalition government launched a ferocious attack against wind and solar energy after the major South Australian blackout, even though energy minister Josh Frydenberg and the grid operators admit that the source of energy had nothing to do with catastrophic outage.
Brisbane [AAP] The sunshine state will soon become the solar state, with the looming construction of six projects capable of generating enough energy for 120,000 homes. The large-scale solar generation projects will deliver $500 million of investment and create more... Read More →
Last week, leading lights of the global fossil power industry gathered at a conference in Houston, Texas, for CERA, known in the sector as the ‘Davos of Energy’. They reportedly got the shock of their professional careers.
The world is moving more quickly towards renewable energy than people thought even a year ago, and Australia can expect an imminent boom in large-scale solar investment, according to Grant King, the CEO of Australian energy utility Origin Energy.
South Australia is about to go coal-free, and by the end of the year it will be supplying half of its energy needs from wind and solar. Depending on what you think of renewable energy, this is either another big step into the future, or the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.
Jeff Mason, RAW President Barack Obama, facing Republican criticism over the state of the economy, has done a Detroit victory lap to showcase the car companies his administration helped save. But the industry has not turned out the way he... Read More →
Le Bourget [AFP] Cheering envoys from 195 nations have approved a historic accord in Paris to stop global warming, offering hope that humanity can avert catastrophic climate change and usher in an energy revolution. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius ended... Read More →
The state of Queensland appears ready to embark on what could be one of the most radical transformations of its electricity network ever undertaken – even by standards of ambitious mandates in places such as California, Germany and Denmark.
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Mullumbimby. While governments around the world sign on to ‘free’ trade treaties that give corporations the right to sue them if they allow social or environmental needs to get in the way of their profits, more and more communities are taking power into their own hands.
Panic selling swept major global stock-markets on Tuesday in what could be a foretaste of things to come, as investors suddenly woke up to the fact that the game has changed. Fossil fuels and their associated investments are in decline, and the world is heading rapidly towards new and cleaner technologies.
Australia's first commercial diesel displacement solar plant has successfully started supplying electricity for a remote far north Queensland mine.