Businesses in Queensland now face a $500-a-day “service” charge – essentially to read the meter. The new tariff appears designed to prevent uptake of rooftop solar, and energy efficiency. But will likely accelerate the “death spiral” and cause more to leave the grid.
A round-up of the latest energy policy developments in Australia, US, China, EU, Japan and elsewhere. Australia the only negative for green energy.
The spectre of direct government investment in renewable energy is haunting Australia. Well, it should be.
For more than 120 years, homes and businesses have been buying electricity. Now rooftop solar is changing the way hundreds of thousands of homeowners get energy.
Federal environment minister Greg Hunt calls ASC chief a ‘total failure’ and ‘utterly partisan,’ as solar lobby begins marginal seats campaign.
WA concedes its electricity market is unsustainable. Its wholesale prices are double the rest of Australia, $1bn has been spent on redundant fossil fuel generators, and subsidies are costing taxpayers $600m a year. But a 55-page discussion paper looking at how the market can be reformed does not even mention the word solar. Instead, it canvasses importing coal from Indonesia.
China’s coal use dropped for the first time this century — while the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) actually grew.
AGL Energy says it bought 2,00MW Liddell coal fired generator from NSW for free, such was the generous nature of the NSW privatisation (giveaway).
Inspired by nature, a circular economy aspires not merely to limit waste but to eliminate the very idea of waste: Everything, at the end of its life, should be made into something else.
Melbourne Zoo officially carbon neutral after installing 101.2kW of solar PV to power elephant and baboon enclosures, and head office and shop.