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Category: News & Commentary

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Rental efficiency standards a winner with voters

Rental efficiency standards a winner with voters

Polling shows 80% of voters support efficiency standards for rental homes, which should encourage the Victorian government to finally deliver this critical reform as part of its review of rental laws.

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NEG modelling assumes electricity to deliver just 5% of emission cuts

NEG modelling assumes electricity to deliver just 5% of emission cuts

Given the electricity sector accounts for around one-third of national emissions, it must be asked why the government is only seeking to achieve 5% of the required abatement from the NEM.

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Rental solar scheme targets 15,000 Queensland investment homes

Rental solar scheme targets 15,000 Queensland investment homes

Queensland property groups join forces to install solar and smart technology on 15,000 investment properties across the state, offering bill crunching PV to landlords and renters.

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Pears Report: It's time to get really smart about e-bikes

Pears Report: It’s time to get really smart about e-bikes

We need more focus on e-bikes and low speed EVs. My dream is a fold-up e-scooter with an integrated bag so it can become a wheelie bag on public transport.

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CCS: Throwing good money after bad pollution could be improper use of public funds

CCS: Throwing good money after bad pollution could be improper use of public funds

Given the known failures of carbon capture and storage, investing in such technologies could amount to improper use of public funds.

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Bigger networks, bigger Snowy: Silver bullets or white elephants?

Bigger networks, bigger Snowy: Silver bullets or white elephants?

Transforming our energy system may prove far less risky than propping up traditional over-built electricity supply.

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French oil major bets on EV boom, with electricity retailer buyout

French oil major bets on EV boom, with electricity retailer buyout

Oil “supermajor” Total buys French electricity retailer as part of long-term hedge against threat to oil demand from rise of electric vehicles. And did we mention the CEO totally drives an EV?

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AEMO has just doubled its forecast for EV uptake in Australia

AEMO has just doubled its forecast for EV uptake in Australia

Market operator’s latest forecasts for the uptake of electric vehicles suggests 10 million EVs, or half the car fleet, in 20 years.

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Australian poultry farmer taps homegrown silicon energy storage

Australian poultry farmer taps homegrown silicon energy storage

SA energy storage outfit 1414 Degrees to provide NSW poultry processing plant with electricity and heat via a 25MWh thermal energy storage system.

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Low income homes to be offered "no-cost" solar and batteries

Low income homes to be offered “no-cost” solar and batteries

A new solar and storage scheme aims to tackle the problem of “power poverty” in Australia head on, by offering low income households around Australia the option to install both solar and battery storage for no upfront cost.

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Renewables beware: Labor may not be able to change emissions target

Renewables beware: Labor may not be able to change emissions target

Signs that federal Labor could “accommodate” the proposed National Energy Guarantee, on the basis that weak emissions targets could be improved later, should be treated with caution.