Australian news, and some related international items

UK govt website promotes community renewable energy projects

Dubbed Community Energy Online, the new site offers local authorities and community groups detailed advice and case studies demonstrating how to select and deliver local low-carbon and renewable energy projects.

Coalition calls on ‘big society’ to embrace small energy New Community Energy Online web site to provide guidance on how to deliver local renewables projects, BusinessGreen, By James Murray25 Nov Continue reading

November 25, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar, wind | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Renewable energy to provide more jobs for coal-mining area

Because Wollongong is located in the middle of the Southern Coalfields, discussion focussed on the impact of the plan on jobs….Modelling in the plan shows that at least 80,000 jobs would be created in installation during peak construction, 30,000 in manufacturing, and 45,000 in operations and maintenance. This compares to the current 20,000 jobs in coal and gas energy production that would be lost over the same period, as a result of the transition.

Wollongong launch of 100% renewables plan, Green Left Weekly, October 24, 2010By Jess Moore, Wollongong  More than 150 people packed into a Wollongong university lecture theatre on October 21 for the Wollongong launch of the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan (ZCA2020). Continue reading

October 24, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, New South Wales, solar, wind | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Decentralised renewable energy profitable in Italy

More than 800 Italian communities now make more energy than they use because of the recent addition of renewable energy plants,…wind turbines, solar panels generate electricity at its ancient cemetery, its sports complex and a growing number of private residences.

Italian towns turn a profit with the wind at their back, The Age, Elisabeth Rosenthal,Tocco da CasauriaOctober 4, 2010 THE towering wind turbines that rise from gnarled ancient olive groves here speak to something extraordinary happening across Italy. Continue reading

October 3, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar, wind | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clean Energy Storage Law boosts renewable energy

California lawmakers have passed Energy Storage Bill California Enacts Energy Storage Bill | 1 Oct 10, The landmark legislation requires electric utilities to adopt energy storage technologies, making it easier to incorporate renewable energy sources into the state’s electric grid. Integrating energy storage technology will allow California’s electric distribution system to meet and accommodate the daily fluctuations of energy demand. In addition, increasing energy storage capacity is expected to help promote intermittent energy sources like wind and solar power and contribute to an overall more reliable smart grid. California Enacts Energy Storage Bill |™ The Smart Meter News Portal

October 1, 2010 Posted by | energy, solar, wind | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victoria might get giant solar energy park

The TRUenergy plant is the second large-scale solar proposal for Victoria’s north-west. Sydney company Silex took over a proposal to build a 154-megawatt plant after the original developers, Solar Systems, went into administration last year.

Mallee solar park a reality if federal funding approved, The Age, Adam Morton, September 22, 2010 THE Victorian government has promised a new large-scale solar power plant will be built near Mildura – assuming the project also receives federal backing. Continue reading

September 22, 2010 Posted by | energy, solar, Victoria | , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s future prosperity depends on action on climate change

It is also important that climate change action is understood as an opportunity for structural economic reform and for building long-term economic prosperity….Early action delivers first-mover advantage and reduces the risk of economic exclusion in carbon-intensive industries when the transition to a lower carbon economy eventually takes place…..

Dear PM: risks are worth it in reform | The Australian, 18 Sept 10, David Hetherington “………..Although survival will be a preoccupation, the Gillard government cannot ignore the long-term policy challenges facing the country…. Continue reading

September 17, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, General News, solar, wind | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s grand opportunity for renewable energy

The Greens, of course, received by far the biggest swing of any party at this election and, at almost 4%, a very sizable swing on any definition. That swing was achieved on the back of having put to the electorate by far the most ambitious plans for renewable energy of any political party ever in Australian history. Our policies included an explicit commitment to 100% renewable energy, a comprehensive feed-in tariff for all forms of renewable energy at all scales, loan guarantees for industrial-scale baseload renewable energy power plants, an increased renewable energy target, pre-planning processes to create renewable energy parks, a national roll-out of the smart grid and much more. That platform now has a key bargaining position in the new parliament, with a Greens member of the House of Representatives supporting the minority Labor government and 9 Senators holding the balance of power upstairs as of July next year……..

The best opportunity for renewables we may ever get, Rooted, September 8, 2010 by Tim Hollo Now that we finally know who is going to govern our country; now that we know who is backing whom and why; now that we’ve breathed a collective sign of relief; now – right now – :…… renewables renewables renewables. Continue reading

September 9, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, politics, solar, wind | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Renewable energy investment surging in China

“The sector has strong growth potential given that the Chinese government policy is clearly supportive,“……with the needs for energy security and energy demand from countries like China, the move to renewables is unstoppable, and you’re increasingly seeing renewable energy companies that are good value,”

China Goes Green, Keeps Bankers and Investors Busy – By NISHA GOPALAN, 6 Sept 10, Propelled in part by the backing of powerful Beijing bureaucrats, green-themed Chinese companies are set to reap billions of dollars from public offerings to new investors in coming months…. Continue reading

September 7, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian capital going to overseas low carbon industries

great a risk of capital leakage – money moving offshore for low-carbon exposure, the money that will go to china, Europe or south America where governments are setting policies in place…....Not that it got a heck of a lot of media traction. That was afforded only to miners warning of the perils of a mining tax,

Australia’s capital leak, Business Spectator, Giles Parkinson, 6 Sep 2010, Climate Spectator As various industry groups marshal their forces to try and add momentum to the push for a carbon price, institutional investors are also mobilising to ensure that their members are not excluded from the opportunities of a low-carbon economy. Continue reading

September 6, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business, climate change - global warming, energy, solar, wind | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scotland to develop huge wave power system

“We are at the start of a new industrial boom, akin to the development of the North Sea oil and gas fields,”

World’s largest tidal turbine unveiled New 1MW marine energy system by Atlantis to be deployed later this summer,  Rachel Fielding  ,  13 August 2010 The world’s largest tidal turbine was yesterday unveiled at a facility in Invergordon, Scotland, marking the culmination of a decade of development activity and moving tidal power one step closer to commercial viability. Continue reading

August 14, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy | , , , | Leave a comment

Australia could be a world leader, with Danish style renewables systems

Australia receives more sunshine per square metre than any other country and could easily adopt a similar system to Denmark to establish large scale solar farms.

Streamline Renewable Energy Policy And Make Australia A World Leader : Renewable Energy News, 11 Aug 2010, By establishing a single governing body to oversee renewable energy projects Australia could leap to the head of the global renewable race. Continue reading

August 12, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, solar, wind | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia gambles on the dodgy uranium industry

You do wonder where Australian politics is heading. Clearly the big uranium miners BHP, Rio Tinto, ExStrata, are now dictating Labor policy on mining tax. (They have always dictated Liberal policy).  Some ambitious union leaders are also hand in glove with those big miners, as are the South Australian and Western Australian governments.

Those States, and the Northern Territory are crawling with uranium explorers, and  uranium mining is being hyped in the media.  Yet  uranium prices fall, and the nuclear industry stalls in USA, Europe, Britain.

Australia pitches its glowing uranium prospects on China.  China is  notorious for corruption, including in the nuclear industry, it has  dubious safety and nuclear waste management,  and a keen nuclear weapons program. But apart from all that –  China might wake up to the financial and environmental negatives of nuclear power.

While China itself, and Europe, and soon, even USA,  show the way on 21st Century renewable energy technologies, Australia is gambling on a very dodgy future of uranium sales.

August 3, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In USA solar powered electricity now cheaper than nuclear

Having dropped below nuclear power, solar power is now one of the least expensive energy sources in America.

Study: Solar power is cheaper than nuclear | The Energy Collective, July 27, 2010 by OshaDavidson The Holy Grail of the solar industry — reaching grid parity — may no longer be a distant dream. Solar may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power, according to a new study by two researchers at Duke University. Continue reading

July 28, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Recognising an Australian anti-nuclear hero

Dr. Caldicott gives lectures and hosts a weekly radio show called If You Love This Planet, which covers issues such as global warming, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, toxic pollution, hunger and poverty, and species extinction in an hour-long, in-depth format.

Heroes of Sustainability: Dr. Helen Caldicott and The Ultimate Form of Preventive Medicine Dolphinblueinc’s Blog, 12 July 2010 “She showed me what one set-on-fire human being can do to shift the consciousness of the world.”  –Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking Continue reading

July 13, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Energy from solar getting cheaper than from nuclear

proposed new nuclear plants would generate power at a cost of 14 to 18 cents per kilowatt-hour. But commercial-scale solar developers are already offering utilities electricity at 14 cents or less per kWh.

(USA) Solar power now cheaper than nuclear in North Carolina  FACING SOUTH 12 July 2010, While the price of solar photovoltaic systems has been falling for decades, the cost of new nuclear plants has been climbing — and a historic crossover point has been reached in North Carolina, where solar power is now cheaper than nuclear. Continue reading

July 12, 2010 Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment