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.
The Climate Change Authority has released this report on its review of the National Wind Farm Commissioner. At the time the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established, the federal government said it would review the role in 2018. This review responds to that undertaking.
This report provides an introduction to community-owned renewable energy. It includes Australian and international examples to show that this is a growing and important sector.
The Global Wind Atlas (GWA) is a free, web-based application developed to help policymakers and investors identify potential high-wind areas for wind power generation virtually anywhere in the world, and perform preliminary calculations.
The AEMC predicts national residential electricity prices will fall on average over the next two years from mid 2018, as more variable wind and solar generation comes online - offsetting this year’s price increase.
This report outlines the benefits of community energy projects, how their uptake can be encouraged, whether they can be expanded beyond solar and wind power and how challenges specific to metropolitan projects can be overcome.
This paper investigates the effect of increasing the number of wind turbine generators on wholesale spot prices in the Australian National Electricity Market's (NEM), given the existing transmission grid, from 2014 to 2025. We use a sensitivity analysis to evaluate the effect of five different...
This issue of the NEEA electricity update focuses on the network costs component of retail prices, with a look back at how and why this has increased over the past ten years.
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 nearly...
The national energy market is failing South Australia and the nation. Our country, with its abundance of solar, wind and gas resources, is now facing an energy crisis. We also have a system that puts profits before people.
While coal-fired power stations across Australia...
The report identifies four phases of variable renewable energy (VRE) integration, each with certain characteristics and operational priorities.
The Wind Energy Guideline (the Guideline) provides the community, industry and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment of large-scale wind energy development proposals that are State significant development (SSD).
This Guideline identifies the key planning considerations relevant to wind energy...
While the federal government says South Australia's reliance on renewable energy threatens the stability of its power supply, energy experts say the state's power outage was most likely caused by a transmission fault due to storm damage.
One thing both sides seem to agree...
South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island, the site of Australia’s first free settled colony, could pioneer a new age of renewable energy, according to our new research.
The first hardy settlers in 1836 had to decide whether to go it alone with a settlement on...
The past decade has seen the energy industry, and particularly electricity generation, transformed. As households install solar panels and communities develop renewable energy projects, electricity generation is rapidly becoming localised.
Community renewable energy projects are an important and increasing part of this transformation....
Australia’s funding of fossil fuel research has consistently been among the highest in the developed world, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of our gross domestic product (GDP). Among the IEA members, Australia was the first, second or third largest funder of fossil...
Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions.
In mid-2015, the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) was reduced from 41,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to 33,000 GWh by 2020. The positive for the industry was that the amended legislation ended almost two years of uncertainty and frozen investment. The amendment also removed the provision for...
The Clean Energy Council believes energy market reform should prioritise the following initiatives:
• Accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy sector by overcoming conflict between institutions and ensuring that the National Energy Objectives recognise the importance of climate change policy and renewable energy...