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Legal analysis of the national Direct Action Plan

Australian Government releases further details of its Direct Action Plan to reduce Australian greenhouse gas emissions. The Australian Federal Government (Government) released a GreenPaper on Friday 20 December as part of its Direct Action Plan on climate change policy. The Green Paper outlines the Government’s preferred design for an Emissions Reduction Fund and invites further […]

Solar reduced demand during heat wave

Victoria and South Australia have just gone through a week of very high temperatures and very high maximum electricity demand. There has been some debate as to what contribution if any solar PV has made.  Analysis shows that solar PV has made a significant contribution being responsible for reducing peak demand by 4.6 per cent. […]

Solar Power ~ Nonstop, day and night, for five weeks

Solar tower efficiency 1.5 to 3 times more than other renewable energies. The ground-breaking Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant with storage near Seville, Spain, has marked its second anniversary with another breakthrough – producing round the clock power for a record breaking 36 consecutive days. The power plant, owned by Torresol Energy, has been […]

Climate Change in haiku and watercolour

Greg Johnson’s 19 illustrated haiku is available as a pdf or in printable booklet form. Science explained through art. Reports released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) can be daunting, what if we could communicate the essence of this important information in plain language and pictures? Well, that’s just what one Northwest oceanographer has done. […]

Australia reduces it’s energy demand

Electricity demand in 2013 (financial year) was lower than in the peak year of 2009. Energy demand drop explained. Until 2010 the quantity of electricity used in Australia each year was greater than the year before. In the three years since 2010 the quantity used each year has been less than the year before. Electricity usage […]

Down, down, our carbon pollution is down!

Carbon emissions from electricity sector consumption on the North Coast are down for the second year in a row, according to new data from the North Coast Energy Forum.As forum convenor Mark Byrne explains, “Our emissions have now reduced by about eight per cent over the two years from 2010-11 to 2012-13, from about 2.6 […]

A dose of reality for Australian energy cost estimates

The cheapest avenue forward for Australia in a low carbon world – renewables. The Australian government’s main economic advisor has significantly revised its cost estimates for leading energy technologies in an update that should introduce a dose of reality to the energy debate in this country. The Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics quietly released […]

Energy growing for forum – 25 speakers confirmed

This year’s North Coast Energy Forum is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. According to convenor Mark Byrne, “There are now twenty five speakers confirmed for an action-packed day on 31 May. They include people from the renewable energy industry, local, state and federal politicians, and business and community leaders.” “As well […]

Solar Australian bike ride spreads sustainable message

[frame src=”http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201304/r1098374_13222732.jpg” width=”300″ height=”IMAGE_HEIGHT” lightbox=”on” title=”Victorian teenager Sam Mitchell passes through Lismore, NSW, with his solar bike. (Margaret Burin – ABC Local)” align=”left” ] It may look like a cross between a vintage plane and a tricycle, but Sam Mitchell hopes these wheels will take him right around the country. The Victorian teenager is travelling through the New […]

Support leads to $100k of Solar Systems

[frame src=”http://ncef.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NCEFOrganizers_web.jpg” width=”200″ height=”IMAGE_HEIGHT” lightbox=”on” title=”Pictured from left-right some members of the organising committee: Kirsty Howton (SCU) Mark Byrne (EDO) Robyn Fitzroy (RDA) Kim Graham (Community Rep) & Graeme Williams (Byron Shire Council). Photo (c) RDA-Northern Rivers ” align=”left” ]A grassroots initiative founded in 2010 to help the North Coast to “grow its own” sustainable energy has been influential in […]