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CEFC and ARENA to Be Retained

Posted by Peter, on March 23, 2016

The Commonwealth Government is to keep both of the renewable energy agencies that the former Abbott government attempted to dismantle.  Continue reading »

Aussie & Kiwi Green Sites Win Awards

Posted by Peter, on November 12, 2014

Yealands Family Wines has been named the overall World Champion at the Green Apple Environment Awards.  Yealands Family Wines competed against more than 500 global nominations from a range of industries. The Yaelands vineyard in Blenheim has a 99 kilowatt solar rooftop – the largest in New Zealand. The vineyard also uses wind power and […]  Continue reading »

(Somewhat) Mixed Reaction to the Government’s RET Position

Posted by Peter, on October 22, 2014

Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, has announced the Government’s “starting position” in negotiations with the ALP on the Renewable Energy Target. In short, the Government’s wants to: cut the RET to a so-called “real” 20% – that is cutting the target from about 41,000 Gigawatt hours to about 27,000; exempt all emissions intensive industries (such as […]  Continue reading »

States Compete for Worst Renewables Policy

Posted by Peter, on March 28, 2012

New South Wales started the ball rolling with its proposed introduction of the world’s toughest rules for wind farm development. – including the right for anyone living within two kilometres of a proposed wind farm to veto it and a noise limit of 35 decibels (less than the sound of a quiet conversation). Now Queensland’s […]  Continue reading »

Renewable Energy Legislation Before Senate

Posted by Peter, on June 22, 2010

Changes to renewable energy target legislation designed to provide greater investment certainty for large projects has been put before the Senate. The legislation has two parts. The first supports households using solar panels and solar hot water systems. Separate targets, designed to encourage the development of wind farms, commercial solar and geothermal projects will deliver […]  Continue reading »

Solar Schools Program Suspended

Posted by Peter, on October 16, 2009

The Australian Government has abruptly suspended its "solar schools" program without giving any notice. The program provided up to $50,000 to schools for solar panels, solar hot water heaters, water tanks or other energy efficiency measures. So far, 1,800 schools have received funding and formal applications have been received from a further 700. These will […]  Continue reading »

Australia Joins International Renewable Energy Agency

Posted by Peter, on May 18, 2009

Australia has joined the International Renewable Energy Agency – an organisation that aims to speed up the global renewable industry. More than 80 other countries are already members of the organisation which was established in January this year. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that participating in the agency "underlines Australia’s commitment to tackling climate change […]  Continue reading »

Goverment Report: Rebates Inefficient

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2008

A report for the Federal government by the former head of the NSW Cabinet Office, Roger Wilkins, has found that government rebates, such as the $8,000 for households installing solar panels, are among the most inefficient ways of tackling climate change. The report found the solar panel rebates cost more than $400 for each tonne […]  Continue reading »

NZ Renewable Energy Policy

Posted by Peter, on August 14, 2008

New Zealand’s Environment Minister, Trevor Mallard, and Energy Minister, David Parker, have announced their "proposed statement for renewable electricity generation".  The Ministers have appointed an independent board of inquiry to consider the proposed policy to help achieve the Government’s goal of generating 90 per cent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The […]  Continue reading »

Solar Panel Order Cancellations

Posted by Peter, on May 20, 2008

Solar panel installers in urban areas are reporting that between 50 and 70% of orders were being canceled. In rural areas, about 30% of orders are being canceled. According to the Clean Energy Council, one installed has had 98% of orders canceled. The cancellations result from the means test placed on the rebate for domestic […]  Continue reading »

2020 Summit Aims for Sustainabilty but Disagrees on Coal

Posted by Peter, on April 21, 2008

At the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra yesterday, the Population, Sustainability and Climate Stream proposed that, by 2020, Australia should “be making a major contribution to a comprehensive global response to climate change, including working with our partners on clean energy”. The Stream agreed that there should be a national sustainable cities program supported by […]  Continue reading »

Goverment Funds Favour Fossils

Posted by Peter, on March 19, 2008

Large Goverment fund investments are favouring fossil fuels over renewables by a factor of 47 to one, according to a report by the Australian Conservation Foundation. The report found that Government-owned investment funds, including the Federal Future Fund and funds owned by state government bodies such the Workcover Authority, are investing in ways which are […]  Continue reading »

Australian Emissions Trading Timetable Set

Posted by Peter, on March 17, 2008

Announcing what she described as “the most significant economic and structural reform undertaken in Australia since the trade liberalisation of the 1980s”, Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, has outlined the timetable for the introduction of carbon emissions trading in Australia. The timetable includes immediate consultation with business leading to a “green paper” on the scheme […]  Continue reading »

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