Wind output overtakes hydro power for first time in Tasmania

Wind output overtakes hydro power for first time in Tasmania

But Tasmania has aspirations well beyond 100 per cent renewables, with the state Liberal government recently announcing a target of 200 per cent renewables, looking to export power to the mainland through the proposed Marinus Link to Victoria, and through the exports of “green hydrogen”, sourced from its hydro and wind resources.

US housing complex to put Sonnen batteries inside all 600 apartments

US housing complex to put Sonnen batteries inside all 600 apartments

An all-electric and solar powered housing complex being developed in the American state of Utah will put a Sonnen battery in all 600 of its apartments, in a deliberate design “statement” that is unlikely to be replicated in Australia any time soon.

Watch Northeast Solar & Storage Forum Right Here on March 11

Watch Northeast Solar & Storage Forum Right Here on March 11

Nathan Rizzo, Co-Founder & Vice President, Solar Liberty Suparna Kadam, Director Of Business Development, EnterSolar Zeryai Hagos, Deputy Director, Office of Markets and Innovation, New York State Department of Public Service Moderator: Austin Perea, Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie.

Tasmania’s new Liberal premier appoints himself as climate minister

Tasmania’s new Liberal premier appoints himself as climate minister

The new leader of Tasmania’s Liberal state government, Peter Gutwein, has announced he will also take on the role of minister for climate change, marking first time the Liberal party in that state has created a climate portfolio.

NSW flags imminent release of EV strategy, as feds ignore electric in auto transition report

NSW flags imminent release of EV strategy, as feds ignore electric in auto transition report

A new plan to encourage NSW drivers to adopt electric vehicles will soon be released by the NSW Liberal government, according to a tweet by minister for energy and the environment Matt Kean on Thursday evening.

Lib Dems pledge renewable energy boost through home insulation investment

Lib Dems pledge renewable energy boost through home insulation investment

The Liberal Democrats are pledging to invest £15 billion over the next parliament insulating homes to tackle climate change and fuel poverty.Plans to upgrade the energy efficiency of 26 million homes by 2030 with measures such as insulation, double-glazing and new heating systems would save the average household £550 a year on bills, the Lib Dems claim.

Climate action is important, but how good is cardboard box recycling!

Climate action is important, but how good is cardboard box recycling!

As we reported here on Monday, Morrison joined US President Donald Trump to open a $US500 million paper plant owned by major Australian company – and Liberal Party donor – Pratt Industries, and has been praising it since as an paragon of innovative recycling and doing stuff.“On Wednesday, when I give the national statement in the UN General Assembly, I’ll be focusing very much on Australia’s response to the global environmental challenges, which isn’t just climate change,” he said.

Behind closed doors: Australia pushes reputation as world’s leading fossil fuel dealer

Behind closed doors: Australia pushes reputation as world’s leading fossil fuel dealer

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opted to spend his time with US President Donald Trump to take a tour of a box factory owned by a Liberal Party donor, instead of attending the UN climate leaders summit in New York – not surprising as new documents reveal the extent to which the Australian government has openly embraced its position as the world’s dealer of fossil fuels.

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

(Actually Victoria’s targets are for 2025 and 2030, right now it is struggling just to meet its share of the federal target, and South Australia’s grid is already more than 50% wind and solar and looking pretty solid, with the state Liberal government now aiming for “net 100%).Taylor said Hazelwood closed down because it couldn’t cope with the rate of growth of “intermittent” (a phrase he used a lot) renewables.

Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds

Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds

Julius McGee, assistant professor of sociology in PSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his co-author, Patrick Greiner, an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, found in a study of 175 nations from 1990 to 2014 that renewable energy consumption reduces carbon emissions more effectively when it occurs in a context of increasing inequality.

Tony Abbott a no-show at solar industry meeting in Warringah

Tony Abbott a no-show at solar industry meeting in Warringah

A Tuesday night meeting between New South Wales solar industry representatives and candidates for the federal seat of Warringah was missing a key figure – the sitting member and former PM himself, Liberal candidate Tony Abbott.

How Coalition “squandered” climate decade, and is still lying about science

How Coalition “squandered” climate decade, and is still lying about science

In what is shaping up as a very bad week for the Coalition’s climate credentials , the Climate Council said the Liberal National Party’s tenure – from prime ministers Abbott to Morrison – had been characterised by slashing funding to climate science, cutting climate programs, rejecting expert advice, making false and misleading claims, and consistently covering up poor performance.“The government’s lack of climate change action is the defining leadership failure of the past decade,” the report says.

The Coalition’s foolhardy war on electric cars

The Coalition’s foolhardy war on electric cars

Sharma’s support of the Morrison Government’s anti-electric car agenda is a profound departure from the political image he was attempting to craft during the campaign for the Wentworth by-election, during which he was touted as the future of the moderate wing of the Liberal Party and potentially a future Prime Minister.

Coalition loses the plot as window closes on fantasy coal plans

Coalition loses the plot as window closes on fantasy coal plans

And, of course, they’ve got the backing of Liberal Party donor Trevor St Baker, who just happens to be the same person briefing the Coalition MPs about the “perils” of wind and solar, and wants to build his own new coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley and in NSW, where he operates the ageing Vales Point coal generator he picked up for a song from the NSW government.

Four bidders propose offshore wind farms for New York

Four bidders propose offshore wind farms for New York

Among new proposals for the state bid is a project called Liberty Wind by Vineyard Wind and Anbaric Development Partners that would be located about 85 miles from the nearest New York shore, a spokeswoman said.

Energy Insiders Podcast: Oliver Yates takes on Josh Frydenberg

Energy Insiders Podcast: Oliver Yates takes on Josh Frydenberg

Yates, who headed the $10 billion CEFC at its inception and for five years, and who resisted Coalition government attempts to close it down or divert its funds, says Frydenberg – now the deputy Liberal leader and the former environment and energy minister, had plenty of chances to act on climate, and energy, but failed.

Trump used the polar vortex to mock global warming. This map shows how wrong he is.

Trump used the polar vortex to mock global warming. This map shows how wrong he is.

Yet the president of the United States, who has consistently expressed skepticism over climate change, and whose administration has deliberately made backward progress on the issue, could not help himself (complete with “Waming” typo): In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded.

Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures

Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures

(AAP Image/Lukas Coch) Former Clean Energy Finance Corporation boss Oliver Yates has thrown his hat into the political ring, taking on Treasurer and deputy Liberal Party leader Josh Frydenberg in the traditionally safe seat of Kooyong, as the architects of the Coalition’s disastrous climate and energy policy continue to be targeted by strong independents.

Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs and even save the gas industry

Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs and even save the gas industry

One Earth Model , Author provided ‘Recycling’ the gas industry Unlike many other 1.5℃ and/or 100% renewable energy scenarios, our analysis deliberately integrates the existing infrastructure of the global gas industry, rather than requiring that these expensive investments be phased out in a relatively short time.

9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask

(The shift from the term “global warming” to “climate change” was also part of a deliberate messaging effort by a Republican pollster to undermine support for environmental regulations.) Like detectives solving a murder, climate scientists have found humanity’s fingerprints all over the planet’s warming, with the overwhelming majority of the evidence pointing to the extra greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels.

Energy minister’s wife says rolling blackouts needed to teach lefties a lesson

Energy minister’s wife says rolling blackouts needed to teach lefties a lesson

It was bad enough last year when Tom Elliott, the radio-talk back host and son of former business man and Liberal Party grandee John Elliott wrote that he wanted to see a major blackout to prove his theory that renewable energy doesn’t work.

Labor’s smashing win in Victoria a huge tonic for Australia’s clean energy transition

Labor’s smashing win in Victoria a huge tonic for Australia’s clean energy transition

So, all eyes now turn to the NSW state poll in March, and the federal election – now likely to be in May. Labor’s Mark Butler observes that the Liberals have gone to an election twice in the last 12 months attacking renewable energy policies and promising to build new coal-fired power stations – and lost.

Victoria votes for solar, batteries and climate action, as Labor wins in a landslide

Victoria votes for solar, batteries and climate action, as Labor wins in a landslide

Victoria’s Labor Party has been returned to power, after a state poll that delivered a crushing defeat to the Liberal-National Coalition, and a clear endorsement of strong policies on climate change and renewable energy.

Clean energy industry ready, willing and able to deliver lowest-cost, reliable power for Victoria

Clean energy industry ready, willing and able to deliver lowest-cost, reliable power for Victoria

The clean energy industry says an election announcement from the Victorian Liberal Party today is an acknowledgement of the important role government can play in providing long-term investor certainty.

South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support scheme

South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support scheme

South Australia’s Liberal government officially opened the country’s biggest support scheme for household battery storage, with up to 40,000 homes able to access grants and low-interest finance for both battery storage and new rooftop solar installations.

Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Labor backing of Liberal coal plan outrageous: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed revelations from Labor that they would allow the construction or refurbishment of coal-fired power stations if the contracts were signed under the Liberals before the election.

Will Victoria Liberal get serious on climate, or haemorrhage votes on a sleeper issue?

Will Victoria Liberal get serious on climate, or haemorrhage votes on a sleeper issue?

Victoria will go to the polls in a month and the Liberal National Party opposition, led by Matthew Guy, has failed to release a comprehensive climate change policy. The Matthew Guy opposition voted against strengthening state climate change laws and Victorian Renewable Energy Target legislation.

Wentworth wipe-out won’t shift Coalition idiocy on climate and energy

Wentworth wipe-out won’t shift Coalition idiocy on climate and energy

Just over a month ago, the Liberals lost the blue-ribbon NSW state seat of Wagga Wagga for the first time since 1957 to an independent candidate called Joe McGirr – a medical doctor who puts climate change firmly at the top of his political agenda.

Wentworth wipe-out won’t shift Coalition on climate and energy

Wentworth wipe-out won’t shift Coalition on climate and energy

Just over a month ago, the Liberals lost the blue-riband NSW state seat of Wagga Wagga for the first time since 1957 to an independent candidate called Joe McGirr – a medical doctor who puts climate change firmly at the top of his political agenda.

AEMC sees no market gaming, but says batteries will lower prices

AEMC sees no market gaming, but says batteries will lower prices

It’s one of the biggest jokes in the energy industry – the deliberate manipulation of capacity, availability and bidding strategies that ensures that the big fossil fuel generators maximise their profits, at the expense of consumers.