Smart Energy

Bloomberg wrap-up: Wind turbine makers thrive on record orders

Wind turbine makers Vestas, Gamesa and Nordex have seen big rises in share prices on the back of healthy orders but offshore wind remains too expensive. Meanwhile Audi has unveiled a 500km range all electric SUV.

Canberra Hospital to install 500kW solar

Hospital to undertake $3.3 million energy efficiency finance upgrade that will save $490,000 per annum.

Qld govt receives Katter ultimatum, wants rail for Galilee coal

Katter Party warns it could withdraw support, wants coal rail, ethanol, subsidised electricity and gas reservation.

Ikea to ban non-LED bulbs

Energy wasting halogens to be dropped from Ikea stores from 1 September.

Tesla sold-out of Powerwall battery for 2016

Company to expand its battery business by 5 to 10 times in 2017 to keep up with demand.

Energy efficiency certificates market for July - breaking $20 threshold

While some regulatory uncertainty remains both the Victorian and NSW energy efficiency certificate markets have shrugged off much of the doubt and uncertainty dogging the market in 2014, with prices above the $20 mark.

NZ to shut last remaining coal plants

New Zealand PM says coal fired power isn’t 'sensible', talks up NZ’s energy efficiency gains and target for 90% renewables.

Ergon to trial central control model for solar-battery systems

ARENA funded project to employ Sunverge batteries and controls to assess technology's grid value.

The power industry proposes a new age of entitlement

Imagine if you got a bill from railway operators asking you to compensate them for lost revenue from use of your car, or from Telstra for fixed line compensation to account for your use of a mobile phone. Well that's what the energy networks have just proposed in response to solar, batteries and energy efficiency.

Tesla losses widen in Q2

Carmaker reports heavy loss in Q2 but comfortably tops downbeat earnings expectations.

The stupidity of red tape repeal

Energy efficiency - not renewables, not gas and not nuclear - is our best option for lowering carbon emissions. But it won't get far if we let simplistic sloganeering about red tape stop sensible new regulations supported by both manufacturers and consumers.

Have solar and batteries won out over nuclear and clean coal?

Nuclear and clean coal may have some trouble with costs, but they had a final defence - reliability. Could lower cost batteries destroy their last remaining advantage?

Energy efficiency regulations endorsed, saving consumers billions

Review finds efficiency standards and labelling will save community $3.3 to $7.3 billion through reduced energy costs.

The potential of behavioural economics: beyond the nudge

Behavioural economics has provided a vast improvement in our thinking about economic problems. Yet nothing in this research suggests governments should limit themselves to gently nudging us to better options, while leaving us free to make dumb choices too.

A million electric and gas vehicles by 2025 - thanks to priority lane access

The Energy Supply Association has released a report spruiking the benefits of a shift to electric and natural gas fuelled vehicles, with bullish predictions of uptake even if government does little to encourage them.

We need a shake-up of energy market regulation

The way we manage energy market regulation is excessively slow, complex and bureaucratic. It's time it was streamlined to put consumers front and centre.

Sick of lowly feed-in tariffs? A plan for better rewarding local generators

The reason there is little incentive to export power to the grid is because as far as the poles and wires businesses are concerned it doesn't matter whether a generator is 100 kilometres away or just 10 metres up the road. A new regulatory rule could change this.

Eden wins $300,000 concrete grant

by AAP
ARC lends support to emissions-lowering nanotubes.

Wrecking ball in hand, Abbott changes tack on clean energy

The latest, and third, move against the CEFC - following attacks on every other climate policy - hands more market power to big utilities in the (reduced) area of renewables investment.

ACT receives 30 submissions for 50MW 'solar plus storage' program

Projects totalling 976MW a 'tremendous response': Corbell.