45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

Renewable energy jobs provide a good match for existing coal jobs across a range of blue and white-collar occupations, including construction and project managers, engineers, electricians, site administrators and mechanical technicians.Around two-thirds of renewable energy jobs could be created in regional areas.

Big utilities split over delays to key reform that backs battery storage

Big utilities split over delays to key reform that backs battery storage

A major split has emerged among Australia’s big energy utilities over the proposed delay to the introduction of the 5-minute settlement period on electricity markets – a reform deemed critical to encourage battery storage and demand management, lower costs and hasten the clean energy transition.

Why it’s time to get moving on decarbonising Australia’s transport

Why it’s time to get moving on decarbonising Australia’s transport

Between the 2016 projections and the 2019 projections, electricity emissions have become far more optimistic, because the ‘renewable energy target’ has done most of the heavy lifting in injecting momentum into the replacement of fossil fuels with zero carbon sources:In transport, there has been almost no change at all:What’s needed – badly – is a plan to create the RET-effect wthin the transport sector.

Next-generation perovskite solar cells pass strict international tests

Next-generation perovskite solar cells pass strict international tests

Credit: UNSW Australian scientists have for the first time produced a new generation of experimental solar energy cells that pass strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards for heat and humidity.

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

Credit: Adam Surmiak, Xiongfeng Lin Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia's Monash University, incorporating 3-D-printed key components.

BP looks to add 1.5GW wind and solar for huge renewable hydrogen project in W.A.

BP looks to add 1.5GW wind and solar for huge renewable hydrogen project in W.A.

Oil and gas giant BP is looking to build 1.5 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity in Western Australia if it goes ahead with a full commercial project to build a renewable hydrogen production facility in that state, with an eye to the export market.

Australia’s biggest “solar garden” seeks investors in NSW Riverina region

Australia’s biggest “solar garden” seeks investors in NSW Riverina region

Haystacks, which has secured backing from the NSW government’s Regional Community Energy Fund, is expected to have around 300 ‘virtual plots,’ or to be able to power roughly 300 homes.

ESB paints future of two-sided electricity market – but what does it mean for consumers?

ESB paints future of two-sided electricity market – but what does it mean for consumers?

The wheels of progress continue to turn, slowly, on the evolution of Australia’s grid, with the publication this week of the Energy Security Board’s consultation paper on moving to a two-sided wholesale electricity market.

Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor announced on Wednesday that fuel standards under the Fuel Quality Standards Act will be amended to free up stockpiles of unneeded jet fuel for use in other sectors and that the government will spend almost $100 million to purchase oil from the United States.“The temporary change provides Australian refineries with flexibility and can assist them to shore up their viability by helping them resolve some storage and supply issues,” Taylor said.

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

According to the latest weekly insights data from SunWiz, small-scale solar installations have kept up the pace in terms of new capacity registered nationally, with only Good Friday and Easter Monday dampening figures over the past two weeks.

Energy Insiders Podcast: Why green hydrogen beats coal hydrogen

Energy Insiders Podcast: Why green hydrogen beats coal hydrogen

BloombergNEF’s Kobad Bhavnagri joins the Energy Insiders podcast to discuss his in-deptch report on the hydrogen economy, and in particular the opportunities for Australia.

Gas industry’s emissions intensity is getting worse, new report finds

Gas industry’s emissions intensity is getting worse, new report finds

Detailed in a new briefing paper published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the level of emissions caused by Australia’s gas industry is increasing, as projects expand into more emissions intensive gas reserves.“Since 2014, the 360% expansion of LNG production in Australia accompanies a likely 460% growth in the industry’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions,” IEEFA analyst John Robert says.

Australians installed 22,661 home battery systems in 2019

Australians installed 22,661 home battery systems in 2019

(You can purchase a copy here).SunWiz, which has been tracking battery numbers in Australia since 2015, said 2019 home battery uptake was actually slightly down on 2018 numbers, but that an increase in non-residential installations had delivered a new annual record.“This was a record year for battery installation,” managing director Warwick Johnston said in the report of the combined total of 376MWh of new storage capacity added in 2019.

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average

The increasing fraction of renewable energy in the NEM is not causing much change in the wholesale price of electricity (Figure 3 below).Thus, the cost of emissions reductions through deployment of wind and solar is low so far.

Australian scientists help unlock potential of flexible and wearable solar

Australian scientists help unlock potential of flexible and wearable solar

The 13 per cent efficiency we were able to achieve is one of the highest efficiencies in organic solar cells,” Monash University research fellow Dr Wenchao Huang said.

Porsche Taycan still on track for Australia in 2020 after bagging two awards

Porsche Taycan still on track for Australia in 2020 after bagging two awards

The Taycan is also unique in the current electric car market in that it is the only vehicle to currently boast an 800 volt architecture which is capable of a 350kW maximum charge rate.

Australia’s clean energy transition delayed due to outdated electricity market design

Australia’s clean energy transition delayed due to outdated electricity market design

In December 2019 the market operator (AEMO) published its Draft 2020 Integrated System Plan (click here) (ISP).This document confirms other researchers’ earlier analysis which found that the cheapest option to replace the old coal-fired power stations is wind and solar, supported by energy storage and transmission.

Researchers use ‘trick of the light’ to eliminate flaws in next-gen solar cells

Researchers use ‘trick of the light’ to eliminate flaws in next-gen solar cells

Australian researchers have developed a new method of using light to detect imperfections materials, that is set to help improve performance and quality of the next-generation solar cells.

West Australia puts community batteries at top of new energy roadmap

West Australia puts community batteries at top of new energy roadmap

The West Australia Labor government has unveiled a new energy roadmap that puts community battery storage at the top of its proposals to embrace a wholesale switch to distributed energy sources such as rooftop solar panels, household and community batteries, electric vehicles and microgrids.

Final Government approvals for core lithium to move on first lithium production in the NT

Final Government approvals for core lithium to move on first lithium production in the NT

Core Lithium’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said “The Finniss Lithium Project will create more than 200 direct full-time jobs in the Northern Territory, additional employment in South Australia and has the potential to inject more than half a billion dollars into the local economy during its first three years of operation.

How your home battery can help keep the grid stable and prices down

How your home battery can help keep the grid stable and prices down

The data, supplied by Tesla, has been analysed in a knowledge sharing report published by the Australian Energy Market Operator, the first fruit from AEMO’s virtual power plant demonstrations – in this case a South Australia trial with Energy Locals, in a consortium with Tesla.

MPower moves to full construction of 5MW solar farm in South Australia

MPower moves to full construction of 5MW solar farm in South Australia

The plans of renewable microgrid specialist MPower to develop a series of 5MW grid-connected solar farms continue to make progress, with a new EPC contract inked for one of its South Australia projects.

Recycling giant Visy awarded generation licence for SA solar and battery plant

Recycling giant Visy awarded generation licence for SA solar and battery plant

Australian cardboard packaging and recycling giant Visy has been cleared to send power to the grid from a nearly 2MW rooftop solar and battery storage system the company installed on a facility in Gepps Cross in Adelaide’s north.

Industrial emissions grow as polluters side-step safeguard caps

Industrial emissions grow as polluters side-step safeguard caps

Greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s major industrial polluters grew in the 2018-19 year as weak rules under the Morrison government’s Safeguard Mechanism allow companies to side-step emissions caps.

Big batteries get ready to play main role in next stage of clean energy transition

Big batteries get ready to play main role in next stage of clean energy transition

Stand-alone big batteries may soon be playing a critical role in the next vital stage of Australia’s clean energy transition, becoming a viable alternative to traditional technologies for a range of much-needed upgrades to the key infrastructure that provides links between different state grids.

Solar inverter and EV charger trial saves thousands driving on sunshine

Solar inverter and EV charger trial saves thousands driving on sunshine

Small business owners Garth James had the unique opportunity of trialling the new inverter from SolarEdge, which was first introduced to the Australian market in late 2019, as reported by The Driven.

John Laing Australian wind and solar asset sale stuck in slow lane

John Laing Australian wind and solar asset sale stuck in slow lane

The large-scale solar and wind generation assets of global infrastructure giant John Laing appear to be proving a harder sell in Australia than in Europe, with the just-launched sale process reported to have been put on hold until the second half of 2020.John Laing confirmed in early March that it was quitting the Australian wind and solar market entirely, after a year of project delays and transmission losses put further investment in the sector firmly in the too-hard basket.

CleanCo says still in market for storage, despite RE400 going to one wind farm

CleanCo says still in market for storage, despite RE400 going to one wind farm

CleanCo’s state government owners announced last week that the entirety of the 400MW in the renewable and storage tender would go to the huge MacIntyre project south west of Warwick which, armed with a 400MW contract for 10 years, and a 103MW wind farm to be built on the same site for CleanCo, will forge ahead to build a 1026MW wind facility, the biggest in Australia.

Energy Insiders Podcast: The plan behind Australia’s biggest wind farm

Energy Insiders Podcast: The plan behind Australia’s biggest wind farm

Acciona’s Brett Wickham joins Energy Insiders to discuss his company’s plans for a 1029MW wind farm in Queensland, which will be the biggest in the country, and the future of battery storage.You can find previous editions of the Energy Insiders Podcast here , or on your favourite podcast platform.

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

The researchers suggest that such a finding must be considered in global climate change negotiations, to prevent countries like Australia effectively becoming a “free-rider” in a global energy market; receiving the benefits of coal exports but carrying few of the costs.