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NEG car is worth buying, even if tyres need pumping up
Imagine buying a new car, only to find the tyres are flat. The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is a policy with much potential, but the target of 26 per cent emissions reduction for the electricity sector by 2030 is essentially useless. The boom in renewable energy under way between now and 2020 means the target will be met just as the policy starts. If the NEG is going to drive the new investment in energy that is crucial to lowering power prices, the target needs pumping up.
09 Aug, 2018
End the farce and get serious about long-term energy policy
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival ends this week, and I wish I could say the same about the unintentional comedic stylings of our national energy debate. It’s an epic farce which has stretched on for more than a decade with no end in sight.
20 Apr, 2018
Renewable energy winning the price war
The tide has turned in favour of clean energy as an economically rational choice and all we can hope for is that government policy catches on to the logic.
02 Mar, 2018
Reflecting on a record year for renewables
Remarkable growth made 2017 a record year for renewables, but ongoing policy uncertainty means that continued growth is not guaranteed.
28 Feb, 2018
2017 eclipses previous record for rooftop solar
Whichever way you slice it, 2017 was a record year for renewable energy in Australia.
31 Jan, 2018
North Queensland is turning sunshine into gold
In North Queensland, the old Kidston Gold Mine is in the process of being turned into a new pumped hydro station and a huge solar farm. The two mine pits will be filled with water, and the power of the sun will be used to pump the water up the hill, where it can be stored to produce electricity when it is most needed.
23 Nov, 2017
Letter to the AFR – Clean Energy Council does not endorse National Energy Guarantee
The Clean Energy Council does not endorse the Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee as was reported this week (“Labor states leave door open to NEG”, October 25).
25 Oct, 2017
We can do better than using engineers for community relations. This is why.
When a wind farm or some other kind of project is being built, I have watched a lot of engineers and technical people try to solve community issues by responding directly to exactly the point that is being raised by a community member. Some senior technical expert will say something like: “What they’re saying isn’t right. We need to get ‘the facts’ out there.”
24 Oct, 2017
In case of fire: a real life experience at a wind farm site
All wind farms are required to have detailed plans in place to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies. Yet while drills and scenarios help teams to prepare for the real thing, there really is no better way to test out an emergency management plan than dealing with a real incident.
18 Oct, 2017
Time for old coal to hang up the boots
Recent calls from the federal government for AGL to keep the Liddell coal-fired power plant open beyond 2022 is a bit like a footy club paying big money for its champion full forward to play on despite a high chance he won’t play the full season.
04 Oct, 2017
Customers missing out as rule changes miss the point on inertia
The Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) rule changes, which are intended to ensure sufficient inertia is available as the electricity system transitions away from coal and towards renewables, were recently accepting submissions. The goal is admirable as the changes ultimately aim to put mechanisms in place that support the transition. But does this work align to the bigger picture and the broader systemic view that the Finkel Review proposed?
19 Sep, 2017
Australian energy sector in crisis
The Australian energy sector is in crisis. After a decade of policy instability, there has been underinvestment in new electricity generation. As ageing electricity generation continues to close, power prices are rising and energy security is at risk.
07 Aug, 2017
Is Australia smart enough to be the lucky country?
Our land of sweeping plains is lucky enough to have some of the best energy resources in the entire world. We’ve got everything: Wind blowing a gale along the Roaring Forties of the southern coastline, sun and surf that make our beaches a tourist draw card. We have so much gas that we’re about to become the world’s biggest exporter, and more coal than we knew what to do with.
27 Jul, 2017
The energy policy circus is back in town
Australia is facing an energy crisis and both energy customers and investors have taken a front row seat to ensure the greatest balancing act in this country – enduring energy policy – finally gets landed. This is a one-time-only opportunity to get it right and, if we fall off the high wire this time, the consequences will be disastrous. The energy policy circus is back in town.
14 Jun, 2017
Letter to the Editor of The Daily Telegraph: Renewable energy now the cheapest power source
The following letter to the Editor was submitted to The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday 26 April in response to an article about renewable energy and power prices.
27 Apr, 2017