Australia – A Future Saudi Arabia of Coal?

Imagine a peak oil world – which isn’t too far off according to the International Energy Agency. Perhaps we’ll all be driving electric cars by then, recharged via our rooftop solar systems. Or perhaps they’ll be powered by liquid coal fuels. 

IRENA – The IEA Of The Renewable Energy Sector

A new voice for the global renewable industry, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will be launched on January 26, 2009 in Bonn, Germany with the goal of removing obstacles that are preventing the sector from achieving its full potential.

Australia’s Solar Credits Program – Update

The new solar credits program caught many off guard after the release of the Carbon Reduction White Paper that made no mention of the scheme. The program has been welcomed by many in the Australian solar industry and renewable energy advocates; who have been very concerned with the seeming imbalance of support for the coal industry versus incentives for renewable energy.  However, some have expressed misgivings about the impact the solar credits program may have on low income earners as it will erode the benefits currently available under the current rebate arrangements.

Australia’s Carbon Reduction Scheme Fallout

Fallout from the release of the 800 page Carbon Reduction Scheme white paper continues to build, with the Australian government being relentlessly attacked since its release by green groups and others who expressed shock and dismay at the unconditional carbon reduction target of just 5%.

Australia Announces Carbon Reduction Targets

A short time ago, the Australian Government released a much awaited white paper with details of its carbon reduction targets, energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and emissions trading scheme; due to commence on July 1, 2010.