Australia underperforming in essential climate science: report

Australia’s climate science research sector is world-class, but risks falling behind global efforts in areas such as climate modelling. That’s according to a new report from the Australian Academy of Science. The report found the nation must improve coordination of climate science programs among research bodies and universities. The review surveyed the performance of Australia’s […]

States embrace green energy, but emissions rise

The Climate Council has pointed to Australia’s failed climate and energy policy, as new data shows greenhouse gas emissions are rising. Emissions rose a full one per cent between March 2016 and March 2017, with national emission levels (excluding land use and forestry sector) increasing by 1.6 per cent during the March 2017 quarter. The […]

Turnbull summons power companies to discuss lowering electricity bills

Malcolm Turnbull wants electricity companies to report to Canberra next week with ideas for reducing consumer electricity bills. The Prime Minister has summoned Energy Australia, Origin Energy, AGL Snowy Hydro, Momentum Energy, Alinta Energy, Simply Energy plus the Australian Energy Council for input on how to cut power prices. In addition to the energy chiefs, Treasurer Scott Morrison and […]

‘Coal cash’ to slash Wollongong electricity bills with rooftop solar solution

A Wollongong mayoral candidate is calling for a $400,000 ‘coal cash’ loan scheme to fund rooftop solar for low-income households. In a statement to Energy Matters, Greens mayoral candidate Mithra Cox said she wants to establish a $400,000 fund for interest-free loans. Loans would be available to Wollongong residents on low incomes to buy rooftop solar. The loan […]

New atlas maps solar hot spots around the world

Investors and governments now have a new tool to find the best areas for solar power generation around the world. The Global Solar Atlas is said to be the most detailed tool of its kind. It was developed by Solargis and funded by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme. The Atlas displays the annual […]

Bloomberg predicts strong US renewable industry future

The US renewable industry is set for long-term growth, according to a leading clean energy research organisation. Generating costs are falling and the industry is becoming more resilient, says Head of Americas at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Ethan Zindler. Dispelling negative press reports, Mr Zindler told Yale’s Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) that US solar […]

National Energy Summit attracts key stakeholders

Early bird bookings are open for a major national energy conference designed to tackle Australia’s energy crisis. The inaugural AFR National Energy Summit is being organised by the Australian Financial Review in association with Deloitte. It will explore Australia’s rich potential for solar power, wind and other renewables. Speakers include Chief Scientist Alan Finkel and Energy […]

Clean energy finance for South Australian landlords

Landlords in South Australia have a new way to finance clean energy upgrades in their commercial buildings. The SA Government has introduced Building Upgrade Finance as part of its plan to turn Adelaide into the world’s first carbon neutral city. This is good news for landlords keen to improve energy efficiency and cut costs by […]

Renewables summit boosts North Queensland economy

A one-day summit staged in Townsville this month will highlight the huge economic potential of renewable energy and solar storage in North Queensland. The Powering North Queensland Summit will explore the employment and economic opportunities presented by renewable energy and energy storage projects. It will focus on the potential of residential, commercial and large-scale solar projects […]

Tasmanian and NSW Labor parties back ambitious renewables target

NSW Labor has used its annual conference to call for a decisive renewables target, bringing Australia into line with international efforts. Delegates at both the NSW and Tasmanian Labor Conferences held over the weekend kept up the pressure on the Federal Labor Party to stick with a carbon price policy. They urged the party’s leadership to […]