Heresy in the high country: @burgewords comments on #NewEnglandVotes

To turn this region into a true believer, New England voters need to decide if we want fossil fuel extraction in the energy plan. WHEN state member for the NSW seat of Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall put pen to paper in favour of renewable electricity generation in mid-2018, the news made barely a ripple in […]

#Solar to power Melbourne trams as Australia’s GHG emissions rise reports @takvera

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Energy and Environment Minister, stepped forward today to announce that Melbourne’s tram network will be powered by 100 per cent Solar. Not directly of course. But the government will issue a tender for a new 75MW capacity large scale solar farm to supply the equivalent power needed for the tram network […]

ARENA briefly made Australia a world leader in #renewables R&D. #SaveARENA – @takvera

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is facing a huge funding cut of $1.2 billion as part of the budget omnibus the Federal Government wants to pass. It is responsible for providing seed funding for innovative renewable energy projects. The latest funding round has just been released. It features substantial seed funding for 12 major solar […]

Taking the 100pc #renewables message to @TurnbullMalcolm in Wentworth for #ausvotes – @takvera

The Prime Minister’s electorate of Wentworth in Sydney played host to a Solar Citizens forum at Paddington Town Hall: the Wentworth 100 percent renewables forum. Former MP for Wentworth John Hewson turned up and gave the keynote address. Wentworth is one of the wealthiest electorates in Australia, but it also has the second lowest uptake […]

Fossil fuel growth centre funded while silence on Mission Innovation global commitment reports @takvera

On the opening day of the Paris Climate conference our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a stylish but lacklustre speech with few new initiatives, announced support for the Mission Innovation multi-country program to research, develop and commercialise clean energy systems. “Today Australia joins with many other countries in supporting Mission Innovation which aims to double […]

City summit commits to 100 percent #renewables by 2050 #go100RE reports @takvera from #COP21

A meeting of nearly a 1,000 city mayors from around the world meeting in Paris signed a declaration on Friday that supports a municipal transition to 100 percent Renewable Energy. Read the declaration (PDF) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said according to a report on Citiscope, “As I told the negotiators when bringing them our contribution, […]

Labor’s 50 percent #renewables policy bare minimum for staying under 2 degrees. #Auspol says @takvera

Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s advocacy of a 50 per cent renewables target at Labor’s National conference in Melbourne has effectively made action on climate change a policy point of difference from the Abbott government for the next election. But the target has been assessed as the bare minimum renewables target for staying on a […]

Battle of #coal vs #renewables in northern Queensland writes @takvera

In the 2015 Australian budget $5 billion was put aside for a northern development fund. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called on Business leaders in Queensland’s north to develop a plan for a power station that could be considered for funding under this new fund. The Federal Government would like to see something like a proposal […]

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 […]