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RenewEconomy is taking a break, with 5.2 million reasons to smile

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RenewEconomy is taking a break over the holiday season.

Christmas at the beach

The website and social media will be updated on an ad hoc basis over the next few weeks, but the regular newsletters will not resume until mid January.

We’d like to thank all our readers for your interest throughout the year, and those who contributed through the comments pages, and who have provided us with direct feedback during the year.

Our daily newsletter now goes out to 13,000 people – still with an excellent open rate of nearly 40 per cent – and 2.1 million people visited the site at some stage during the year, looking at some of the 2,100 stories we published. There were more than 5.2 million page views.

We’d also like to thank our supporters and partners, particularly our advertisers and those who kindly donated.

We wish you all the best for the season and a great 2017. It’s going to be another fascinating year.

Many, many thanks

The RenewEconomy team.  

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  • Chris Fraser

    Have a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a well earned break after your fantastic efforts that s year.

  • Stephen Norris

    Thanks for a great and informative year!

    I hope you have a great Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you back in the new year.

  • DevMac

    Enjoy your well-earned break.
    I have a feeling you’re going to need it leading into 2017. Things are gonna get big and possibly ugl(y|ier).

  • John McKeon

    There is a company known as “New Hope”. It is an interest in coal mining. “No Hope” springs to mind.

    REneweconomy has been the messenger of real hope. But more than that, sanity and excitement, and not a little education in engineering, science, economics, business, politics and society. Thank you, Giles and colleagues.

  • Peter Watt

    Enjoy your well-earned break. Thank you for the light you’ve shone into the mire of misleading and incompetent “explanations” from our power and network companies. I look forward to your return in mid-January.

  • Ian

    Giles and Sophie, Marry Christmas and happy new year. Not too much of the carbonated, renewable ethanol we need you intact for the new year!

  • Tobias J

    This website is excellent. Its one of my favourites out of the millions.

  • empower electricity

    great work giles enjoy the break and keep (clean) powering on.
    #BetheRevolution

  • Barri Mundee

    More (clean) power to you in the next year and I hope the team enjoys a well-deserved break!

  • Rob

    Thank you for keeping us informed. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  • disqus_gF5uXVTUbL

    ARENA and the CEFC setting us up for energy poverty:
    Great journalism in 2016. Unfortunately there’s a few challenges in the countries renewable energy response with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) setting us up for energy poverty. For example, the future cost of distribution is infinitely more expensive than the cost of generation, making the few cents/MW saved on implementing large scale solar look fiscally reckless and short sighted, compared to sizing PV accurately for population centres. In the coming year, we also need a more comprehensive analysis in synergy with technical ability. There needs to be much more analysis directed into costing and implementing integrated design of RE/storage, immediately situated adjacent to populations and sized for their development. It is as if ARENA and the CEFC have not been fully cognisant of the implications of a distributed paradigm of generation and storage, and have unwittingly directed money into the unsustainable centralised paradigm of distribution. Instead of integrated technically sound design, they have merely sort to address a RET without adequate consideration for cost, energy democracy and energy security for local populations. This will have consequences. They have unwittingly continued funding an inefficient centralised grid, when renewable resources are so much more local. Their short term goals of saving cents/MW on large scale auctions, will in practice cost thousands of dollars on getting that energy to us in the future. It is as if they think a “smart grid” is a continuation of a centralised paradigm, when the majority of peer to peer sharing will be local, with relatively less regional and interstate energy flows compensating for weather and seasonal variations. These agencies need to stop unconsciously bringing old assumptions forward and think more consciously about energy flows, and costing implementation of renewable energy around population centres. Stop designing around grids and start designing for people. It will cost so much less. This is my hope for 2017.

  • Robert Comerford

    Have a good Christmas ( or bah humbug … you choose) and I look forward to your reports in the coming year.

  • Neville Bott

    Without Reneweconomy and Giles many of these stories wouldn’t be told.

    This is the no.1 goto site for news on renewables and Australia’s energy industries.

    Thanks and Best Wishes.

  • Valdis Dunis

    5.2 million ‘thank you’s from me for your outstanding collation of data to make it so much easier to argue the case for cleaner energy in Australia.

  • Robert Comerford

    I hope someone is watching the fort….. the fossil fuel lobby started their bleating on local radio news broadcasts this morning with stories about how they are going to have to ramp up the price of home electricity because of evil renewables.

  • neroden

    I hope your break is going well… but it’s been a while. I’ve only seen one new article in January so far and it’s a reprint. Planning to come back soon?

    • We said we would be back in mid january and we will be. service resumes jan 16. a week or so ago we published an article on sun metals – which was not a reprint – and Jon Gifford will be catching up with some of the other news missed by the mainstream media when he at work on monday.

      • neroden

        OK, thanks! 🙂 I guess I missed the “Mid” part of that. 🙂 See you next week!