“#Heatwave is nothing short of horrifying” says climate scientist reports @takvera

“This developing heatwave is nothing short of horrifying” said climate scientist Sarah Perkin-Kirkpatrick. “Much of eastern Australia has seen heatwave after heatwave this summer, with some seasonal records already broken by the start of February. Night-time temperatures have been too hot for adequate sleep and daytime temperatures have been searing.” Sarah Perkin-Kirkpatrick is a climate scientist who has specialised in studying the causes and dynamics of heatwaves. She is an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of NSW. At the annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Organisation conference meeting in Canberra this week she was awarded the Early Career Researcher (ECR) award. “What is particularly […]

AEMO orders South Australian #heatwave blackout while Gas turbine remains idle #SAheat reports @takvera

Over 40,000 South Australian households endured a blackout Wednesday evening for about half an hour during an extreme heatwave. AEMO ordered the load shedding, but questions remain why the Pelican Point 2nd gas turbine wasn’t fired up. Quick Summary Wednesday 8 February SA Heatwave Blackouts 10:31am BOM SA advise an extreme heat warning issued by the SES based on BOM heatwave forecasting 1:30pm Briefing for media on heatwave conditions 2:17pm NEM watch reported the lack of online reserve in South Australia. 5:17pm Actual lack of Reserve (Level 1) , Actual Lack of Reserve (Level 2) at 6:17pm. 6:03pm AEMO ordered 100MW of load shedding to last to 7:30pm. 8:32pm SA […]

New Victorian #Solar Feed-in Tariffs to recognise Greenhouse gas avoidance reports @takvera

This article originally published by John Englart at Climate Action Moreland. New solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) are being introduced by the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, based on the time-of-day – peak, off-peak and shoulder – which better reflects current electricity pricing. The new tariff structure will also compensate solar households with a tariff component taking into account the environment value of greenhouse gases avoided. Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the changes as a fairer way to pay people for the solar and wind power they produce for the electricity network. “Victorians should be fairly compensated for the power they generate – plain and […]

Burying the bad news at Christmas: Greenhouse Gas emissions rising reports @takvera #Auspol

Australia’s Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory to June 2015 was published on Christmas Eve. You can usually tell something is trying to be hidden when it is being released late on a Friday to avoid public and media scrutiny. Doubly so if published on Christmas Eve. I find it hard to believe that some diligent public servant worked hard to get it completed and published on Christmas eve. Almost certainly, it would have gone through Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s desk in recent weeks. According to the report, total Annual emissions for 2014-15 are estimated to be 537.0 Mt CO2-e, which is an 0.8% increase in emissions when […]

Export #solar not #coal, a 21st century Australian infrastructure project writes @takvera

If our Australian political leaders had any vision they might consider a 21st century renewables energy scheme similar in scope and vision to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme, for northern Australia, and linking us with some of our northern neighbours. Instead we have seen political pandering to the greed of fossil fuel companies, like the Chinese state owned company Shenhua proposing to develop the Watermark open cut coal mine on the fertile Liverpool Plains of NSW, with the dangers to groundwater, wildlife and agricultural productivity and food security. Or the Indian conglomerate Adani that wants to develop the giant Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee basin of Queensland and hires […]

Renewables firmly favoured by public in #Auspol opinion poll – @takvera

It should come as no surprise that the Australian public enormously favours development of renewables. This is seen not only in public opinion polling on the issue, but also the rapid take up of roof top solar presently on 1.4 million Australian homes. Recent opinion polling (21 July, 2015) by Essential Research on renewables finds that 50 per cent of Australians think that the Federal Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry. Ony 6 per cent favoured priotising coal industry, and 28 per cent thought both industries should be treated equally. Even amoung coalition voters 39 per cent favoured renewables to 14 per cent […]

Those solar powered, champagne sipping, latte drinkers: @Qldaah #qldpol

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has labeled people who took advantage of the Bligh Government’s solar rebate scheme as “champagne sippers” and being part of the “latte set”. In another “blame Labor” session of question time in the Queensland parliament, Nicholls turned on solar households labeling the scheme “middle class welfare”. In response to an interjection by Premier Campbell Newman, Nicholls blamed Labor for the cost of the feed-in tariff component. “So those people who were doing it toughest and who did not have the money to be able to put solar panels on were paying for the middle class welfare that Labor was putting out there for the champagne sippers […]