Victorian Liberals declare war on #renewable targets, jobs, investment reports @takvera






The Liberal party in three states – Victoria, South Australia and Queensland – vowed to drop state based renewable energy targets if elected. This follows Federal Liberal Party war on renewables and climate policy conducted since Abbott took power in 2013, continued under Prime Minister Turnbull. While climate action at the Federal level has followed […]






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 […]






#Solar thermal for South Australia? @takvera reporting on #solar4PtAugusta






Solar Reserve has a plan to build a solar thermal power station with storage at Port Augusta which would diversify South Australian electricity generation, bringing jobs and solar innovation to the state. The Aurora project as envisaged by Solar Reserve will create 1,000 construction jobs and 4,000 flow on jobs, with up to 50 ongoing […]






SA gas generators game energy market for $40–60m windfall profit says @takvera #renewables






Renewables generation in South Australia has been under heat in some sections of the media (See Judith Sloan Energy price reveals folly of renewables in The Australian) for a spike in wholesale energy prices in June 2016, but a new detailed academic analysis reveals the spike in wholesale prices was due to high gas prices […]






BP refuses release #oilspill models for deep sea drilling #SouthAustralia coast – @Takvera






The fifth anniversay of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill has just passed. Could such a devastating oil spill happen in Australia? Conservationists with the Wilderness Society and other environmental groups say it is a distinct possibility, off Australia’s southern shores in the Great Australian Bight. And it is British Petroleum (BP) again in the […]






Transition from #coal to #solar critical for Port Augusta – @Takvera






The Port Augusta community have called for South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to step up to help fund construction of a solar thermal power station. The call from Repower Port Augusta comes in reponse to an Alinta Energy assessment (Draft Milestone 3 Balance of Study Report March 2015 PDF) that found a solar thermal power […]






#Climate Change not on Abbott’s South Australian #SApol #bushfire agenda but should be reports @Takvera






Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the bushfire stricken communities in the Adelaide Hills outlining disaster recovery and short-term income assistance payments to bushfire victims, but refusing to be drawn on whether climate change has influenced bushfires. I investigate some of the recent science into the links between bushfire and climate Change for South Australia […]






Crystal ball predictions for politics 2014 by @sarah_capper






[clear] By Sarah Capper  @sarah_capper 14th February 2014 Our federal representatives, who we ushered in with gusto last September, returned to Canberra this week – the land of what Wikipedia (hey, if it’s good enough for the Environment Minister) describes as being home to “politics, public service, pornography,pyrotechnics, pot and prostitution – the “Six P’s” as they are known.” Let’s make it […]






The federation seat of Adelaide: @naichevalier reports






View Larger Map Adelaide Seat profile  By Anais Chevalier, 11 August, 2013 The seat of Adelaide is one of the original South Australian electorates. Created in 1903, its first MP was a former Premier of SA and one of the driving forces behind federation, Charles Kingston. While often seen as a Labor seat, it has […]






Hindmarsh, South Australia: @JackieDettman reports






  View Larger Map Hindmarsh Seat Profile By Jacqueline Dettman 1 August 2013 The seat of Hindmarsh (not to be confused with the suburb by the same name) has been my home since I moved to Adelaide nine years ago. The area is located to the inner west of the CBD, and is comprised of both […]