Waste and Recycling: how else are the problems piling up in NSW?

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Waste and Recycling. My previous article listed some of the ways NSW is failing to manage its waste. Unfortunately, the pile of problems is actually a lot bigger than just not having enough landfill airspace. The NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014-21, published in 2014, set a waste diversion target for household waste […]

Sorting the waste to energy mess

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TALKING RUBBISH: The Clean Energy Finance Corporation recently estimated a national pipeline of up to $7.8 billion in new investments in resource recovery, bioenergy and WTE in the period to 2025; employment benefits of up to 9,000 construction jobs, 2600 indirect jobs and as many as 1400 direct and ongoing jobs, and; the potential across […]

Australia plans to improve grid stability and flags caps to renewable energy connections

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In light of rapid uptake of renewables, Australia is looking to improve its power grid’s stability to counter generation risks and overburdening of the transmission system. The country’s transmission system and grid lines were initially developed for coal-generated energy. However, nearly two-thirds of coal-fired capacity in the National Electricity Market (NEM), is due to close […]

Biomass and baseload power: The reality of turning the electricity grid green

Biomass and baseload power

If ageing coal-fired and gas power stations are the ugly stepsisters of the electricity world, most renewables are the carriage that turns into a pumpkin after midnight (or as the sun goes down). We need more than hope and magic dust as we transition away from traditional fossil fuel generators to a new energy economy. […]

Hunt on for fixes for weak electricity grids

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Fix weak electricity grids. Victoria’s north-west has been chosen as the case study for a new project looking for ways to connect renewable energy to weaker parts of the electricity network. Monash University researchers selected the West Murray region because its lack of system strength is holding back development of new projects, despite the climate […]

South Australia’s key lessons in prioritising a renewables grid over fossil fuels

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South Australia offers vital lessons for other jurisdictions transitioning from a fossil fuel-based electricity grid to a low emissions, high penetration renewables grid. Coal was phased out in 2016. Today, South Australia’s grid is dominated by wind and solar backed up by battery storage and interstate grid connectivity. Peaking gas is seen only as a […]

Green Energy: A new report says renewables could be a $21tn industry for Australia by 2050

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Research commissioned by News Corp has demonstrated more than 672,000 jobs will be created, with $2.1 trillion in economic activity generated in the Australian renewable energy sector by 2050. The Valuing Mission Zero report was compiled by former prime ministerial economics advisor Andrew Charlton, for global firm Accenture and draws on 56 separate reports and […]

Future Hydrogen Industry to Create Jobs, Lower Emissions and Boost Regional Australia

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The Morrison Government’s $1.2 billion hydrogen investment is set to increase, boosting economic activity and jobs in regional Australia. An additional $150 million for a further two locations under the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program will enable the rollout of hydrogen hubs across seven priority regional sites. Hydrogen is a clean fuel of the future, […]