tip off

Renewable energy hit by an irrelevant debate

Should the renewable energy target be reduced? Origin Energy is calling it for it to be a “real” 20% share of the market, but just how does one classify “real”?

READ MORE

Is Ferguson in a parallel universe or just the real world?

The present path is that China and India will be gobbling up all the growth in coal, and nearly all the growth in oil. Will we fight to combat climate change or make stacks of cash selling coal to Asia?

READ MORE

In a global energy glut, what next for emissions?

Thanks to a boom in oil and gas from shale by around 2020, the United States is projected to become the largest global oil producer. That’s concerning for the environment.

READ MORE

Parkinson: our cheap grid is letting us down: that’s not smart

Nothing epitomises the challenges of Australia’s future energy needs as the state of the National Electricity Market itself.

READ MORE
QLD|

The precautionary principle v the fierce urgency of now

What is the precautionary principle? And how does it apply to the issues surrounding the development of coal seam gas? asks FAQ Research’s Dr Robert Merkel.

READ MORE
QLD|

Quiggin: don’t write off CSG if you’re worried about the climate

If you share the view that climate change is the most important environmental issue facing Australia and the world, you should be very cautious about advocating all-out opposition to CSG, says John Quiggin.

READ MORE

Parkinson: no easy choices, but strong case for energy action

A new report from the Grattan Institute has underlined the failure of current policies to push Australia down the path of a clean energy future Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy, reports.

READ MORE

Crikey says: our energy future

The door is closing…I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

READ MORE

Game on: energy regulators take on electricity networks

The Australian Energy Regulator has publicly conceded what has been known by many but rarely admitted — that Australian consumers are paying way more than they need to for their network and electricity distribution costs, writes Giles Parkinson.

READ MORE

Hardly galloping back to work.

The employment revival has gone into pause mode.

READ MORE

Australia can afford to have vision

As a nation we’ve never been better placed to tackle long term issues like health, our ageing population, transport, sustainability, communications, superannuation, climate change and the growing gap between rich and poor.

READ MORE

The long view: electricity consumers choose cheaper over green

Creating “certainty” is not the urgent issue for industry many believe. They might not realise it, but the urgency to create certainty rests with consumers, writes Ben Freund, CEO GoSwitch.com.au.

READ MORE

Energy ministers accused of gagging criticism on policy

A new directive issued by the Ministerial Council of Energy (MCE) last month will infringe on the independence of the Consumer Advocacy Panel, consumer groups have told Crikey.

READ MORE
Scientific American | LINKS|

12 events that will change the world

From alien intelligence to fusion energy: a great interactive feature from Scientific American, exploring 12 world-changing events that could take place before 2050, how likely they are, and what they’ll mean for humanity.

READ MORE

Senator Milne: A few stings in the tail of the boring budget

Once again, the funds allocated to renewable energy, public transport and energy efficiency pale into insignificance next to the tens of billions to roads and the military writes Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Christine Milne.

READ MORE
GOOD | ENVIRONMENT|

Who’s spending the most on renewable energy?

GOOD compares countries’ expenditure and production of renewable energy, and how much of their total energy output that actually represents.

READ MORE

Energy prices will triple without a carbon price

Australians are being prepped for steep rises in energy costs. It’s partly the result of the proposed ETS, but that’s not quite the whole story, writes Giles Parkinson.

READ MORE
Power & Energy | ENVIRONMENT|

Samso: the self-sufficient island

The small Danish island of Samso is one of the first industralised places on Earth to become totally energy self-sufficient, powered by wind turbines, solar and straw-fired plants.

READ MORE

To those who say “beaudy nuke”: why should taxpayers suffer?

Why should taxpayers fund the most expensive and slowest energy option when so many alternatives are significantly cheaper and pose less financial risk?

READ MORE

A radioactive issue for the Coalition?

Why has Ian Macfarlane completely reversed his opinion on Carbon Capture and Storage — from such a strong advocate of the when in government to his recent denunciation on Four Corners? asks Michael James.

READ MORE

Buy our brown coal! Now cleaning up on eBay

Victoria’s 13 billion tonnes of unallocated brown coal are now listed as an eBay item, under the seller name “BrumbyGovt”. Bids are open for the next seven days. The starting price is $1,000,000, writes Greg Foyster.

READ MORE
LA Times | ENVIRONMENT|

Ban big-screen TVs?

The US state of California is poised to ban big screen TVs in order to cut energy usage and spare itself the cost of building a new power plant. Could this be the way forward for curbing Australia’s energy-guzzling ways?

READ MORE

Queensland farmers rise up to take on the miners

Queensland’s Surat Basin has the third largest energy resource in the world but farm groups are warning that mining areas risk catastrophic environmental damage to food-producing areas, reports Amanda Gearing.

READ MORE
The Times (UK) | COMPANIES|

A great energy-saving idea plucked from the air

The tale of how one UK company benefited from clean energy grants is instructive. Rather than try to create good energy (expensive and time-consuming) it found an inventive way to radically reduce demand.

READ MORE
Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Um, the nuclear ‘solution’ just melted

For all those who suggest that nuclear power is the only solution to climate change, writes Tim Hollo there’s a little spanner in the works - nukes don’t deal with the heat…

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...