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Size does matter: Australia’s addiction to big houses is blowing the energy budget

Australia’s houses are getting bigger, but usually not more sustainable. In our recent study, we looked at the energy use of Australian houses, including the energy required to build, maintain and power our homes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that more energy goes into bigger houses. This is bad news not just for the environment, but […]

Liberal Party re-election could benefit WA business by $40K

If Western Australia’s Liberal Party takes the State election next month, they are poised to continue their support of renewable energy, with a yet to be introduced rebate for businesses. The rebate is set to benefit businesses that install “large” solar systems and is valued up to $40,000. If re-elected, the Liberal Party will run […]

What can Australia learn from Germany’s remarkable energy transition?

The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. The Finkel review of the National Electricity Market […]

To pay solar households fairly, we need to understand the true value of solar

The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. This year many Australian households will find themselves […]

Despite the hype, batteries aren’t the cheapest way to store energy on the grid

The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. Storage is the word of the moment in […]

Solar Impulse’s biggest legacy will be in your home – not in the skies

After 12 years of planning and testing, Solar Impulse has finally completed its epic voyage around the world. The solar-powered plane first set off from Abu Dhabi 16 months ago, and it has since travelled some 25,000 miles (40,000km) over 17 gruelling legs – all without using a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse is […]

The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure

We often take for granted our access to vast quantities of inexpensive goods manufactured overseas. And we often overlook the unassuming innovation that has made this global industrial revolution possible: the shipping container. While the shipping container was conceived in the 1950s by American businessman Malcom McLean, it was only widely adopted after the US […]

Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) is under review […]

Oslo’s ambitious ‘climate budget’ sets the bar for other cities

Oslo’s city government has issued an ambitious “climate budget” with the intent of halving its carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, and becoming completely carbon neutral by 2030. To achieve this goal, the city plans to limit access for cars with new tolls and fewer parking spaces, power the bus fleet with renewable energy, […]

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