Energy efficient community housing saves tenants, developers money

A new apartment complex for low incomes residents has achieved a 7-star rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). The building in Liverpool, NSW, features high-performance glass, insulation to floors, ceilings and walls, and shade to windows. In addition, the six-storey complex has rooftop solar panels installed, along with ceiling fans in every room. […]

Solar shines as star employer in surging renewable jobs market

Renewable jobs are growing across Australia with jobs in the solar sector growing fastest. Yesterday’s figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the highest level of estimated full-time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy since 2011-12. The Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2017-18 report shows the staggering advance of solar energy. Construction […]

Major energy stakeholders urge AEMO to consider low-carbon future

Energy stakeholders have called for more detail in the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) 2019 Planning and Forecasting Consultation Paper. The 24 written responses will inform AEMO’s Integrated System Plan for Australia’s energy low-carbon future. A top concern from industry stakeholder was that the projections for generator retirements – specifically coal-fired plants – needs to […]

Electricity disconnections soar in WA as solar energy makes up ground

Electricity disconnections in Western Australia have reached a six-year high due to rising energy bills and unemployment rates. Close to 20,000 West Australians had their power switched off for non-payment of bills in 2017-18, a report by the WA Economic Regulation Authority shows. The rate of residential electricity disconnections in the state has more than doubled […]

Tracking the sun: World-first trial of forecast technology boosts solar efficiency

A $1.2 million trial of world-leading forecast technology will increase solar efficiency with more accurate predictions of weather change. University of South Australia (UniSA) researchers are testing an innovative short-term statistical forecasting model in an attempt to predict weather conditions from five minutes up to 1-2 hours ahead. This is important, because the Australian Energy […]

Federal Election is go: So where do the parties stand on energy policy?

Well, it’s finally on. Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Governor-General this morning and announced an election for May 18. One thing is certain: Federal Election energy policies will figure highly over the next 37 days of campaigning. That he was only in his position due to a failure of the Coalition’s energy policy couldn’t possibly […]