Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency fast becoming the new black

Electricity

Peter Hannam Some time on Thursday, Mackay Sugar will flick the switch on its new $120 million co-generation plant and start supplying electricity to Queensland's regional power grid.

Blue and red US states going green on energy policy

Wendy Koch Politically "red" and "blue" US states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent...

Australia's solar eclipse

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Peter Hannam Australians are supposed to be among the fastest consumers to take up new gadgetry but when it comes to adopting solar energy the country remains very much in the shade – and the shadow is...

Insulation report finding on fires cheers battling industry

Insulation

Peter Hannam Confirmation by the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program that the rate of house fires did not increase despite a more than 10-fold jump in installations has been welcomed by companies...

Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Carbon debate won't die with Senate vote

Not going away - the climate challenge

Peter Hannam Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be hoping Thursday’s expected repeal of the carbon tax will leave the issue “dead, buried and cremated” much like a previous contested policy,...

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Renewable energy: NSW to be 'Australia's answer to California'

Time to get cracking on renewables and energy efficiency, the NSW government says.

Peter Hannam Baird government plans to adorn its buildings with solar panels and ease the way for more wind farms.

Green bonds blaze path to $US1 trillion a year for climate change

Christopher Martin Green bonds may help provide the $US1 trillion annual investments in clean energy that environmental groups say is necessary to limit the impact of climate change.

US concern over Australia's climate stance

Green

Peter Hannam Australia's lack of action on greenhouse gases is of deep concern to everyone except climate change deniers, a former adviser to Barack Obama has warned ahead of a meeting between the Australian and...

Fall in greenhouse gas emissions biggest in 24 years

Emissions are falling in the power sector - for now.

Peter Hannam Australia posted its biggest annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 24 years of records last year as the carbon tax helped drive a large drop in pollution from the electricity sector.

NSW state budget 2014 pays scant attention to climate change, coal seam gas

More resources set aside for fire fighting.

Peter Hannam Two of the biggest environment issues – climate change and coal seam gas – are all but ignored in this year's state budget with neither terms appearing in the 511-page budget estimates 2014-15 tome.

Shift power use, save big on investment, US expert says

solar

Peter Hannam Encouraging power users to shift their consumption during days of high demand could avoid major investments in networks while also fostering the use of solar energy, the head of the US National...

Energy expert tells how to save on household bills

Peter Hannam It is understandable that cold callers who interrupt dinner with supposedly unbeatable offers to switch energy retailers or buy solar PV panels usually get short shrift.

UN climate chief calls for 'urgent' shift by oil and gas industry

The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

Climate change: Race against time that no-one wants to win

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Peter Hannam When Dan Arvizu joined the New York commission formed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, the energy expert studied recommendations made after a destructive storm a decade earlier - all of which had been...

UN calls for drastic action to stop climate change

Climate change

Nick Miller, Berlin and Tom Arup The world must take radical steps to combat climate change, and begin right away – but if it does, the cost of a greener, healthier future will be surprisingly small.

Bio-energy to reduce emissions

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Tom Arup Technologies that suck greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, surveyed this week in a major report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, could play a significant role in cutting...

Storing solar power is the key to cutting energy bills, CSIRO says

Boilover: Gas prices are forecast to rise steeply in the near future.

Peter Hannam The electricity market is in for a shake-up.

Obama will let states decide how to cut US greenhouse gas emissions

US President Barack Obama plans to make climate change action a legacy of his time in office.

President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from US power plants.

Barack Obama's climate policy to put pressure on Australia, other nations to act, US analyst says

Will they mention climate?

Peter Hannam President Barack Obama’s tougher climate change policy is likely to add pressure on other countries, including Australia, to increase their own efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a...