Climate change itself holds significant risks for the electricity sector. The longer we put off action, the higher the costs will be.
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The next big international trade deals should focus on green growth.
Abbott government flags new energy white paper. Hopefully, it will look beyond the three technologies that dominated the last 50 years: coal, gas and hydro.
ARENA-backed study by Qantas and Shell finds Australia could support its own aviation biofuel industry, if significant obstacles were removed.
The under-siege CEFC says it could achieve half of Australia’s emissions reductions out to 2020, at no cost to the taxpayer – and still return money to the struggling Federal Budget. So will ideology and sloganeering triumph over smart policy?
Ideology is getting the better of sensible decision making. Australia’s stance on climate is misreading the international mood, and could simply be shooting its own economy in the foot.
German battery storage company Younicos believes its technology can break down one of the last barriers to 100% renewable energy – the need to run fossil fuel generation to control the ‘frequency’ of the grid. Installing a series of battery parks costing about $4bn, it could remove the need for ‘must run’ coal generation in Germany.
New research has suggested that coal seam gas (CSG) is not work the risk to our health and the environment.
Climate change host Poland is going to extreme lengths to protect its coal-fired generation, even erecting a form of electronic barrier to keep renewable energy from neighbouring Germany out of its grid. Meanwhile, wind and solar struggle as the government changes regulations and awards green certificates to coal plants co-firing with coconut shells from Africa.
The German city of Freiburg has an Australian-born mayor and an ambitious plan for renewables and urban sustainability. Like most green initiatives in Germany, it has its origins in the hatred of nuclear, but its approach is fast becoming mainstream.
Germany’s push into battery storage has already unlocked some $70m in investment in rooftop solar with storage in homes and businesses in its first six months. Storage is seen as critical to the German grid as the country heads towards 40% renewables.
Australian communities are being hit hard by high network charges, even as some network operators more than double their profits. Some are asking whether they shouldn’t buy back the grid. The Germans are one step ahead, sweeping aside large network operators who stood in the way of renewables and energy efficiency.
AGL says construction of its 102MW Nyngan PV plant – the largest such plant in the Southern Hemisphere – will begin in January 2014.
UN climate talks get bogged down because governments fear the solutions are too difficult. But a new study will show doubling renewables and supporting energy efficiency can deliver all the abatement needed out to 2030. Governments just need to realise that the solutions are in front of them.