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When it comes to energy resources, there aren't many places on Earth that can rival Australia in either abundance or variety ... coal, wind, waves, solar, nuclear, hydro, natural gas or biomass

Some critics describe Australia as the engine room of climate change, as we stoke the fires of global warming with coal exports and our own reliance on 'dirty' electricity production. Others more optimistically point to the ingenuity of Australian research in developing viable new technologies for harnessing cleaner, green alternatives, and even see us as having the potential to be leaders in the battle to contain climate change.

  Coal seam gas (link to series)
Greener than grass...??
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  Power politics and the SA Black System in 2016
What caused the Black System in South Australia
Dr Barry Manor, Sustainability Consultant, explains how the black system occurred in South Australia, creating a loss of electricity for the whole state. On the 28th September 2016 the South Australian electricity grid suffered what is known as a black system. This happens when an entire grid goes down to zero volts, completely losing all electricity. Amid a period of high winds, lashing rain and thousands of lightning strikes right across the state, this is how the black system happened:

  Switched on solar research
Australian research and development has achieved such outstanding improvements in photovoltaics that now hold the world record of 40% efficiency for converting sunlight to electricity. The next step is already underway towards demonstrating viable, economically competitive local and international solar power plants.

  Where is the RET - July 2015?
Some good news for renewables
New Energy Levels: Mark Bretherton, from the Clean Energy Council, explains the role of this peak renewable energy organisation and the role of other organisations and factors in Australia’s renewable energy sector. The last few years have been challenging for the renewable energy sector when the federal government decided to review the Renewal Energy Target (RET) at the beginning of 2014. The RET is the most important policy for the renewable energy industry, encouraging the lowest cost types of renewables to be built. The uncertainty created by that review meant that financiers were reluctant to lend the money required, investments dropping by 90% for large scale renewables like wind farms and solar farms. The 13 projects that were underway in 2013 slowed to a trickle, with only a couple of projects still underway. The 18 months of chronic uncertainty were ended when bipartisan support for a lower target was achieved.

  All about domestic solar systems
Rick Roberts has been in the energy efficiency industry for some 16 years and shines a light on household energy efficiency and solar power.

  Be part of the lighting revolution (series)
Solid state lighting versus incandescents or fluorescents: last 100 times as long, use a fraction of the electricity; free from mercury and completely recyclable. So join the LEDers!

  Wind power (series)
Clean, green, sustainable and the most cost effective of our renewables.
It's also becoming the most over regulated of our energy industries.......

  Unexpected outcomes: the energy-water nexus in NSW
Research into the nexus between water and energy in NSW examines how some of the unintended outcomes of the water and energy markets need to be addressed.

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