Networks lobby suggests small discount to network charges could keep consumers on grid – if they don’t mind being cut off in critical peaks. But it also proposes rule changes that signal shift from blanket “rural electrification”, even if its technology estimates are still conservative.
Solar households in Victoria may receive 30c/kWh for critical peaks for their solar output. But the most significant aspect of the new Victoria tariffs are the recognition of environmental and network benefits of household solar power. Other states should follow suit.
Report warns Australia’s vastly underestimated CSG emissions – potentially equal to entire transport sector – would make Paris targets impossible to meet.
New report says coal is no solution to poverty, but Malcolm Turnbull is using the fossil fuel industry slogan to try to curb environmental groups and to shore up his increasingly shaky leadership.
The sale of Ausgrid has been hailed in many quarters, but consumers have little to celebrate. The price locks in “gold plating” and may lead to higher fixed charges as more consumers turn to solar and storage and the networks look to protect their revenue streams.
Australia’s mainstream media fail to understand – and appear to have no interest in asking – that new technologies can make the grid cheaper and more stable, rather than turning to old and expensive alternatives.
The market operator seems happy to let the blame for the South Australia blackout fall on wind energy, but questions about its own role are warranted, particularly because it seems to have totally ignored a report prepared a decade ago that envisaged a similar scenario.
AEMO report into blackout suggests fall in wind output, caused by an easily fixed “self protect” mechanism, was main cause of blackout. But wind industry says catastrophic fall in voltage as transmission lines fell was biggest culprit. And everyone wonders why AEMO had no plan B.
Coalition campaign against state-based renewables targets – and the deployment of its most potent weapon, policy uncertainty – has reached new heights over the past couple of months. Could Turnbull trump Abbott?
An Australian is to take charge of the troubled $100 billion Green Climate Fund, in a move that indicates Australia is not completely out of touch on climate change and renewable energy. But is it developing one language on climate for the international stage, and another for the toxic and partisan domestic market?
Amid the toxic politics about climate and clean energy in Canberra, Simon Corbell has engineered a plan to take the ACT to 100% renewable energy within four years, laying down a blueprint and a vision that will be followed by other states, if not the federal government.