Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel predicts power bills will continue to rise and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems — particularly for days when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow.
A new report released yesterday recommends a mix of new storage technology — as well as adding batteries to the 1.8 million homes with rooftop solar systems — to help meet the 2030 renewables target.
A world leader in energy storage is California — home to the largest lithium-ion battery system, which has become a test case for the grid storage industry.
California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister says Australia is too overly focussed on the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.
He warns focussing solely on the move to low carbon generation without pursuing demand side opportunities in an ambitious, systematic way makes the transition harder.
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel points out, in this interview, the need for Australia to develop better storage systems and reflects on the recent report from ACOLA. California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, also warns Australia to pursue demand side...Read more
Research showed that one-quarter of Sydney respondents were open to consolidating property for sale with neighbours. However, consolidated lot sales are not part of the business model of most real estate agencies, local government, or property developers. It’s an area where the...Read more
Pilots are powerful for two reasons: 1. They are a great way to bring together groups of people to demonstrate how effective collective action can be in helping to change the status quo. More voices, more influence. Pilots, backed by evidence and research, can highlight and expose the challenges and blockages, particularly in government, far more effectively than any individual can (despite many individuals trying!). They also provide perfect opportunities for identifying solutions. And, 2. pilots provide the numbers and the evidence that decision-makers need, in order to believe and make change.Read more
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Australia, Energy Networks Australia, have partnered to develop an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap).
This review analyses the energy policy challenges facing New Zealand and provides recommendations to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. In 2016, the IEA decided to modernise the reviews by shifting their focus to key energy security challenges in fast changing global energy markets and to the transition to a clean energy system.
Australia is seeking to design a ‘reliability mechanism’ as part of the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee. This working paper provides analysis and suggestions on how to design the mechanism and how it might work.
The development of hydrogen energy has been promoted as a lower-emissions alternative to Australian coal and gas exports. However, there is a significant risk that the promise of hydrogen as a low-carbon alternative, for domestic use and export, could backfire.