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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
Market regulator urgently requested aluminium smelter reduce electricity use as demand surged alongside temperaturesGas-fired power plants failed during this month’s New South Wales heatwave, forcing authorities to urgently cut demand from the Tomago aluminium smelter to prevent outages.The record-breaking heat put enormous strain on NSW’s electricity supply on Friday, 10 February, when demand peaked at 4
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2017-02-22 18:33:12
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies
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2017-02-22 17:47:19
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
Opposition leader to dig in behind ETS and goal of sourcing 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, will dig in behind his party’s goal of sourcing 50% of Australia’s electricity from renewables by 2030 and the party’s proposed emissions trading scheme, arguing they are vehicles to drive new investment in clean energy
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2017-02-22 13:11:09
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
From New York to Frankfurt, readers shared their experiences of renewable energy projects in cities around the worldWhat next for renewables in cities? – the expert viewI was invited to take photos on the roof of Portsmouth city council. Most of the roof is covered in solar panels.Sent via GuardianWitness By Paul Watt 10 February 2017, 14:10 Historical bay front solar installation powering 60% of the museums electrical needs
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2017-02-22 03:42:53
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017      Leave a Comment
A complex range of factors is shaping how and why cities adopt renewable energy, from costs to the need for stable power supplies
‘This building is its own power plant’: your stories of renewables in the cityAs renewable energy projects are rolled out in cities around the world, we spoke to companies and organisations working in the sector to find out what’s happening and what to expect
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2017-02-22 02:03:09
Monday, February 20th, 2017      Leave a Comment
The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states has found itself with the improbable status of being a national leader in a wind energy boomLiving in New York and Washington, Greg Wortham heard all the grand talk about green energy from liberal politicians. Then he returned to the place where he grew up, a small town that embraced wind power so warmly that within a couple of years of the first turbine turning, it had some of the biggest farms on the planet
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2017-02-20 02:01:32
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Use of solar panels by the side of tracks to provide power to electric trains could make sense given match-up between peak generation and demandHow can we connect solar photovoltaics (PV) directly to railways to power electric trains? That’s the question my charity 10:10 and researchers at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab are trying to answer
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2017-02-15 01:00:05
Monday, February 13th, 2017      Leave a Comment
A number of creative technologies aim to increase access to clean water in developing countries. We asked two experts to assess some of themThe global water crisis has many causes, requiring many different solutions. As 1.2 billion people live in areas of water scarcity, these solutions must span policy, technology, and behaviour change to make a real difference
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2017-02-13 03:51:35
Monday, February 13th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Labor has denied it wanted a preference deal with One Nation after Pauline Hanson tells parliament the Queensland state Labor secretary approached the party. Follow it live...
6.55am GMT Thanks to the brains trust including Gareth Hutchens, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp and Mike Bowers. Tomorrow is another day so join us for #politicslive for all the news from the party rooms
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2017-02-13 01:04:51
Sunday, February 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Tanya Plibersek criticises Arthur Sinodinos’s description of Pauline Hanson’s party as ‘more sophisticated’ and asks if she is influencing the Coalition’s foreign policy. Follow all the developments live
3.51am GMT Labor’s Jenny Macklin to Turnbull: I referred to the government’s announcement today that it will use $3bn it wants to cut from families, pensioners and new mums to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme
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2017-02-12 21:51:54
Sunday, February 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Coalition statements blaming the blackouts that hit South Australia last year on wind power were made despite official advice that storms were the causeMalcolm Turnbull’s decision to link last year’s blackout in South Australia to the state’s high renewable energy target was made directly against confidential public service advice
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2017-02-12 16:30:37
Friday, February 10th, 2017      Leave a Comment
There’s a long list of blame and shame for Australia’s threadbare climate and energy policy, but Turnbull’s party takes the cakeWatching politics builds a high tolerance for hypocrisy and humbug, but even I am aghast at the Coalition’s antics this week – fondling a lump of coal in parliament while accusing the opposition of an “ideological approach to energy” and negligence in policy planning
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2017-02-10 16:50:05
Thursday, February 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation says coal ‘seriously challenged’ as a commercial investmentThe Clean Energy Finance Corporation has said it is “very unlikely” it would invest in new coal-fired generators and poured cold water on the federal government’s push to support “clean coal” technology
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2017-02-09 21:47:38
Thursday, February 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Once it’s completed in 2018, the NSW site will produce enough electricity to power 137,000 housesAfter years in planning, construction on the Silverton windfarm in western New South Wales is finally set to begin after the sale of the project from AGL to its Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF)
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2017-02-09 17:43:03
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewablesRenewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels
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2017-02-08 23:00:13