Renewable energy sources

Strategy

13 Jul 2017

This plan outlines the action that the Victorian government is taking to encourage investment in our energy sector and to ensure Victorians continue to benefit from a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system into the future.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan invests $146 million...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

28 Jun 2017

This study found that the current regulatory framework favours investing in network infrastructure – such as new poles and wires – over demand management involving energy providers helping consumers to reduce their power demand and bills.

The study, undertaken by the Institute for...

Share
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

22 Jun 2017

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) foresees a dwindling role for natural gas in the power sector toward the middle of the century, not only to meet the Paris Agreement goals, but also due to increasing competition from renewables.

Key messages:

  • To achieve the Paris Agreement’s
  • ...
Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

21 Jun 2017

The 2017 Poll is the thirteenth annual Poll by the Lowy Institute. As always, the Poll has incorporated a broad range of questions about some of our most important relationships, including those with the United States and China, and asked Australians to consider how much they trust various...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Briefing paper

16 Jun 2017

This paper follows the recent release of the Finkel Review report in June 2017. The Finkel Review finds the electricity system must achieve four key outcomes:

1. Lower emissions

2. Increased security...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Commentary

10 Jun 2017

Chief scientist, Alan Finkel, got a lot of people very excited when he released his draft report into Australia energy security last December, less than three months after the September blackout put conservatives into a flap over wind and solar.

We were in the midst of an unstoppable...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

08 Jun 2017

Tasmania’s link to the National Electricity Market (NEM) is subjecting the state to increasing uncertainty when it comes to electricity prices including large and sudden price shifts. The state should take back control and become a self-reliant exporter of clean energy.

Tasmania should...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Policy report

02 Jun 2017

Provides the Queensland Government’s detailed response to the Renewable Energy Expert Panel’s final report recommendations on increasing renewable energy production to 50%.

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

01 Jun 2017

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority to jointly provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices consistent with achieving...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Report

24 May 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Briefing paper

08 May 2017

This paper is part of a series of briefing papers that examine the climate change policies of the countries key to the Paris Agreement and its effective and ongoing implementation.

Executive Summary

With Brazil struggling to revive its stagnant economy,...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 

Report

03 May 2017

The purpose of the annual administrative report is to account for the performance of the two schemes that make up the Renewable Energy Target and to explain how it is administered in accordance with legislation. Like all policy instruments, the Renewable Energy Target operates in a context....

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Evaluation

01 May 2017

Based on the final project reports provided by grant recipients, there is clear evidence the programme assisted local councils and community groups to increase their energy efficiency. While the current Australian Government does not plan to introduce an emissions trading scheme (ETS), these...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Strategy

27 Apr 2017

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Australia, Energy Networks Australia, have partnered to develop an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

...

Research report

25 Apr 2017

This Energy Transitions Commission report, launched on 25 April 2017, sets out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C while stimulating economic development and social progress.

The report argues that we must reduce carbon emissions by half by 2040 (compared to a...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 

Journal article

10 Apr 2017

The eutectic Na2CO3-Li2CO3 salt is widely used as an electrolyte in the Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell because of its high both ionic conductivity and operating temperature. The major objective of this study was to investigate the thermal stability of the binary salt as a phase change material for...

Share
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Article

10 Apr 2017

Each year, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the US's consumption an duse of energy. The energy flow chart, based on 2016 results, shows that Americans used more renewable energy compared to the previous year, while energy consumption was...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Geographic Coverage: 

Commentary

Article

05 Apr 2017

Anyone following the news on climate policy might well incline to despair. Not only is the Turnbull government continuing to promote the idea that coal is the energy source of the future as well as the past, but many of its backbenchers also think that the best alternative is nuclear power. ...

Policy report

04 Apr 2017

Historical approaches to energy and development are out of date and out of time. Achieving universal energy access by 2030, as envisioned in Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), will require a thoroughly different approach that focuses on radically accelerating access to energy at the country...

Journal article

01 Apr 2017

Abstract

The history of ocean renewable energy developments in Australia is reviewed. A layperson’s description of the physical operating principle is given for the main classes of technology that have been tested in Australian waters. The Australian marine domain...

Share
Geographic Coverage: