Entries by Shamz

‘Energy for democracy’: A plan for out-of-this-world solar power

Satisfying Australia’s energy needs while simultaneously putting the country on firmer national-security footing is a lofty goal. That sort of “energy for democracy” is what Melbourne architect Serdar Baycan hopes to help create. Tectura Architects MD Serdar Baycan has high hopes for a series of orbiting solar power stations. Credit:Jason South   Baycan has teamed […]

WA could go it alone on green power policy beyond 2020 after coalition ditch Renewable Energy Target

UPDATE: WA could “go it alone” on a green power policy beyond 2020 after the coalition said it would abandon the national Renewable Energy Target in a package aimed at fixing problems in the east coast electricity market. As Chief Scientist Alan Finkel endorsed the coalition’s new energy package as “credible”, State Labor leaders accused […]

WA households could be hit by 15% rise in electricity prices

WA households could be hit with flat electricity price increases of more than 15 per cent over the next three years as the State Government shores up power provider Synergy’s financial position. After consumers were stung with an 11 per cent increase in power bills this year, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt signalled the Government was […]

The Clean Energy Target is gone, so what have we got instead? And what does a National Energy Guarantee mean for consumers?

Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled his shiny new energy policy, complete with its own three-letter acronym to replace the doomed Clean Energy Target. The Government claims the new plan — including a National Energy Guarantee, or NEG — will be kinder to hip pockets and will reduce emissions enough for Australia to uphold its end of […]