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Indi feels the powerThe rapid rise of renewable energy technology has taken the world by surprise. Renewables have gotten cheaper faster than expected, while battery storage development is shaping up to radically change the way power our lives, from home, to work to the way we travel. But this global phenomenon will play out locally, and in the early stages, debates about how to best deal with this transition is a major election issue in regional seats w... Read More
Beyond the market fetish: Using renewables to build political momentum for climate actionDan Cass and Christopher Wright (Sydney Business School)Published on RenewEconomy (17 March 2016) Following the enthusiasm generated by the Paris climate agreement, the focus for climate action now shifts back to nation states, which is where the hard work begins. Most nations have failed to make much progress on deep emissions cuts. Carbon prices lack broad support. We need a new strategy to cut through this impasse and there is... Read More
Australia should follow Obama’s solar SunShotPublished by RenewEconomy and Sydney Environment Institute. The US government has announced a US$36 million program to develop technologies that turn solar PV and storage batteries into a new kind of decentralised, virtual power source which some are calling ‘the internet of energy’. This is just the kind of technological shift that excites our new Prime Minister Malcolm and terrified his predecessor, Tony Abbott, the defender of coal. The solar... Read More