The major conclusion that has come out of the various debates surrounding energy policy is that there is a serious electricity and power affordability problem across the National Electricity Market (NEM). Price increases over the last decade are significantly affecting Australian businesses and consumers.
Renewable generation in the National Energy Market (NEM) has reached a new record high, with all new energy generation over the last two months due to eight new solar farms coming online in the NEM, the latest findings from the National Energy Emissions Audit show....
This paper argues that between 18,000 and 59,000 construction and installation jobs could be created if the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan ‘fast scenario’ on renewable transition is adopted. It would see around 53% of capacity from renewable energy by 2030.
Although a carbon price is rejected by both major political parties at present, several simple and affordable policies, to be implemented by a future federal government and existing state governments, could assist the market to accelerate the renewable electricity transition.
Securing our energy is a collection of expert essays on the challenges and opportunities of energy security, energy access and climate change.
The renewable energy boom is accelerating in Australia, and across the world. In the absence of any meaningful Commonwealth government leadership, state and territory governments are leading Australia’s electricity transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and storage.
Speakers: Chris Benedict, Gina Bocra - LEED AP, Priscilla Richards
The Energy Code is an increasingly robust tool for improving energy efficiency in our buildings. This session will examine how far the existing code has come and identify the remaining barriers and limits. Speakers...
The Victorian government has developed these draft guidelines to help outline the assessment and development process for large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria. The document includes an outline of requirements for planning and assessing new solar energy facility proposals for councils and developers.
As dozens of cities try to slash carbon emissions by 2050, Copenhagen aims to do it in half the time - in just seven years.
Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop...
The challenge for Australia’s electricity system is to meet demand during periods of extreme heat. On very hot days, electricity demand is driven to high levels that come close to exceeding the amount of power that the NEM can provide. Rooftop solar produces electricity most...
Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration. Expansion of group...
This report shows just how much solar energy could benefit Victorian high schools. If a 100kW solar system was installed in all of the 418 Victorian public high schools, the results would be game-changing.
This guide is intended to help all Australian property owners cut their energy costs and reduce their emissions, looking at a broad range of technologies — from solar PV and batteries to heat pumps, off-site renewables and demand management systems — and indicating which are...
This report celebrates the heroes of Australia’s low-carbon economy, telling the stories of the renewables sector, the businesses, communities, and individuals who are taking matters into their own hands, creating opportunities and building a sustainable energy future.
This analysis of the latest clean energy data suggests that despite the policy turmoil, renewable energy investment is going to continue to soar in Australia.
As renewable electricity continues to grow rapidly, the proponents of coal power in federal government and the media are claiming that our electricity system needs ‘dispatchable, baseload’ power stations.
The federal government plans to obtain them either by forcibly extending the lifetimes of clapped-out...
This paper argues that evidence is growing that highly flexible electricity systems could deliver lower whole-system costs, especially given the dramatic projected falls in solar and wind power costs by 2030.
Countries around the world are under increasing pressure to decarbonise their economies. There is growing interest in the production and use of hydrogen as a potential scalable and versatile mechanism for achieving this aim. If the global demand for hydrogen increases as a consequence, then...
The purpose of this briefing paper is to explore the context and challenges that exist in providing low carbon homes for households on low incomes, and to draw attention to the key issues for practitioners working in the field. The issues surrounding energy efficiency and...
California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.