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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
National Energy Guarantee raises more questions than it answers
As the dust settles on last week's proposal for a National Energy Guarantee (NEG), it is clear that there are many more questions than answers at this stage.
24 Oct, 2017
Victorian Government hits the mark for jobs and investment with renewable energy target
The Clean Energy Council has congratulated the Victorian Government on successfully introducing its state renewable energy target in Parliament today, a policy which will provide major regional job and economic opportunities.
20 Oct, 2017
Genex Power's renewable energy hub the gold standard for innovative renewable energy projects
Located 270 km north-west of Townsville, Kidston was once home to the largest open-cut gold mine in Australia. The mine’s closure in 2001 decimated the small town’s population, but Genex’s renewable energy hub promises to bring much-needed jobs to the region.
19 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
Government blows golden opportunity by walking away from Clean Energy Target
The Federal Government’s decision to walk away from a Clean Energy Target (CET) is likely to result in a substantial slowdown in new clean energy investment, meaning power prices will keep rising and voters will continue switching off, the Clean Energy Council said today.
17 Oct, 2017
Award winners light the way for booming solar industry
The Clean Energy Council congratulates the winners of the 2017 Solar Design and Installation Awards, which were announced yesterday at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne.
12 Oct, 2017
Record year for renewables charges on
Another wave of large-scale renewable energy projects is resulting in record levels of investment in renewable energy in Australia, according to industry peak body the Clean Energy Council.
05 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
Critical mass builds for program to help consumers make all the bright moves
The Clean Energy Council’s Solar Retailer Code of Conduct continues to build critical mass with the fiftieth solar company recently accepted into the program, helping more customers choose a reputable solar company.
03 Oct, 2017
Award finalists showcase the solar industry's most innovative and unique installations
A solar installation with one of the best views in the world, solar panels used to provide shade for a university carpark and a solar array in the shape of a corporate logo are among the finalists in the 2017 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards.
20 Sep, 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
The changing face of solar accreditation
The history of the Clean Energy Council’s accreditation scheme was outlined in this column in the June edition, but with the increased complexity of the solar industry it also makes sense to go through some of the changes this decade in how the scheme is governed.
18 Sep, 2017
Battery roundtable consensus will drive development of Australian storage industry
The consensus reached by a roundtable of senior industry and government leaders on residential on-site battery storage standards in Australia is an important step in the development of the Australian consumer storage market, the Clean Energy Council said today.
18 Sep, 2017
Women in Renewables Scholarship to support the next generation of energy leaders
The Clean Energy Council is calling for applications from talented women in the renewable energy industry for the 2018 Women in Renewables Scholarship.
14 Sep, 2017