Renewable Energy

Household electrification is unlikely to produce free money

Households consume around 30 per cent of Australia’s total energy account. They’ve historically been the most expensive to supply, have the most volatile demand and are most politically sensitive customers on the grid. One way to reduce household greenhouse emissions is to use zero emissions electricity for natural gas and run an electric car on …

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Are diamonds really a koala’s best friend?

Global fashion jewellery brand Tiffany is raising money to save Australia’s koalas by selling  diamond encrusted koala shaped jewellery priced at up to $24,000 and donating the profits to a conservation organisation. Importantly, Tiffany have been quick to draw media attention to the virtue of their actions, triggered when Tiffany executives watched the impact of …

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When starting a new job, try not to make promises you can’t keep

First impressions matter. The Australian energy community has been waiting patiently for two months to hear from newly installed Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) CEO Daniel Westerman. Yesterday a CEDA lunch in Melbourne was set as his unofficial coming out, his debutante ball. The headline message from Westerman’s carefully scripted lunch speech was that he …

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The cutting edge: Victoria’s emissions reduction strategy

With great fanfare the Victorian government has launched its Climate Change Strategy, a year later than required by legislation (the government granted itself a sick-note as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last year). The strategy confirmed Victoria’s interim targets for 2025 (28-33 per cent below 2005 levels) and 2030 (45-50 per cent) on the …

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