06 Oct 2008

This report briefly discusses the role for renewable energy in reducing greenhouse emissions in Western Australia, including some potential interactions with emissions trading schemes. It then outlines the current policy environment for renewable energy in WA, before proposing policies to drive additional deployment. This report is most relevant for small-scale renewable technologies and has a particular focus on feed-in tariffs, but also discusses the development of community support, the development of the commercial PV market and the removal of institutional barriers.

21 Feb 2007

The special qualities of regional landscapes of many favoured destinations are increasingly at risk as these regions experience significant in-migration leading to rapid and unplanned population growth. These challenges are particularly acute for metropolitan regions experiencing rapid peri-urban and urban growth. It has been the nature and the rapidity of this population growth that has seriously challenged planners and policy makers responsible for the proper management of these metropolitan regions.

03 Mar 2005

Australian governments engaged in a major reform program in the 1990s, culminating in the formation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) which commenced operation on 13 December 1998. Today, the NEM supplies electricity to 7.7 million Australian customers on an interconnected national grid that runs through Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. In this paper Stewart Smith reviews the electricity market from a national perspective, and then focuses on the requirements of NSW.

Briefing paper
29 Oct 2004

Sustainable energy systems are widely seen as a desirable goal, but what constitutes such systems and how to make the transition from current practice to sustainable practice are more contested. Developed nations are locked-in to fossil fuel use, with a myriad of economic, technical, institutional and social obstacles discouraging change. Such obstacles are currently being faced by wind power proponents. The latter are promoting wind power in Australia because they believe it has a role in a sustainable energy system. The paper proposes that society can learn about the introduction of ‘sustainable’ technologies from the wind power case and suggests a body of theory and an analytical method for this purpose. The methodological argument is supported by the preliminary results of an ongoing empirical study. The paper concludes with a reflection on the theory and method and an outline of future research.

Journal article
16 Apr 2003

This paper examines the importance of household energy use and research into it. It reviews studies from around the world that have measured and investigated the characteristics of such consumption. It then concentrates on relevant research of this kind in Australia. It goes on to distill the main determinants of energy use by households and discusses the important phenomenon of inter-correlation between these influences.

Discussion paper