Category Archives: Energy

Experts Review the Findings of the “Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market” (The Finkel Report)

The final report entitled “Independent Review into the Future Stability of the National Electricity Market”, was handed to the Commonwealth Government in the last week. The Review known as the Finkel Report was prepared by the Review Panel of 5 … Continue reading

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Huge 300MW Solar Farm begins construction near Port Augusta

By Giles Parkinson on April 11th 2017 in Renew Economy The first of two stages of a 300MW solar farm – Australia’s biggest – has begun construction near Port Augusta in South Australia. The first two stages, totalling 220MW, of … Continue reading

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Solar Panel Installations “Skyrocket” in Australia in March

This is an edited report by the ABC’s consumer affairs reporter Amy Bainbridge from ABC News on April 13th 2017. Key Points: Solar panels were installed on about 15,000 homes and businesses in March 2017 Installations have hit their highest … Continue reading

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New CEO Appointed to the Australian Electricity Marketing Organisation

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently appointed (March 2017) Audrey Zibelman, an American, as its new CEO. Zibelman was one of the leaders of New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” following the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, in which thousands of … Continue reading

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Finkle says Europe, US well advanced on Energy Policy, Technologies

By Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy, 17 March 2017 As state and federal politicians duke it out over energy policy and investment, the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, led by Australia’s chief scientist Dr Alan … Continue reading

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Editorial – Thought Bubbles Dominate the Energy Debate

Many Australians are totally disheartened with the political impasse and policy inertia in Australia. In turn this leads to significant disrespect for the elected politicians at both Federal and State level. Talk to them in private and their aspirations are … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Endorses Calls for Full Environmental Inquiry Before the Snowy Mountain Upgrade Part 2 Proceeds

The President of the Coastwatchers Association, John Perkins, has joined calls from a number of environmental organisations calling on the Commonwealth Government to undertake a full environmental assessment before proceeding with the upgrade of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme. … Continue reading

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Australia’s Electricity Market is Not Agile and Innovative Enough to Keep Up

By Hugh Sadler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Australian National University (The Conservation 18 February 2017) On the early evening of Wednesday, February 8, electricity supply to some 90,000 households and businesses in South Australia was … Continue reading

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Eurobodalla Shire Council Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Investments

At the Council meeting on 14 February 2017, the Council in a 5:4 vote agreed to give preference to investing with financial institutions that do not invest in, or finance, the fossil fuel industry. Councillors McGinlay, Brown, Thomson, Constable and … Continue reading

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Chief Scientist Alan Finkle’s Preliminary Assessment of Renewable Energy

The Commonwealth Chief scientist Alan Finkel who chairs a five-member panel, presented a preliminary report to the Commonwealth Government on renewable energy, in early December 2016. He outlined the need for serious and urgent market reform in Australia’s energy markets. … Continue reading

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