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Putting a price on carbon

A price on carbon will be the elusive prize for the early movers in the renewable energy sector

AUSTRALIA’S clean energy sector is struggling because of delays in the imposition of an emissions trading scheme, leaving the renewable energy target system devised by the Howard government as the only reliable economic carrot worth chasing.

Business owners across the country are grinding their teeth at the delays in putting a price on carbon, the single most critical element in any energy regime that wants to increase the economic attractiveness of renewables and decrease reliance on coal-fired power generation, currently the cheapest system by a long way.

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The Future of Renewable Technologies

wave1 The Future of Renewable Technologies

If Australia is to mitigate climate change, we will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transport fuels by finding ways to harness our clean, renewable resources like the sun and wind.

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West Australians to pay for dirty living

WA is the most polluting, energy-guzzling, waste producer in the nation, according to a damning new study.

We have not been paying for our electricity so that is much more of an incentive for householders and industry to consume considerable amounts of electricity

Murdoch University business and development lecturer Peter McMahon warns West Australians will pay dearly through their hip pockets for living in one of the least-sustainable societies in the world.

His report, which examines the energy, transportation,environment, farming and mining sectors, covers WA sustainability from 1829 to 2020.“The energy-intensive WA economy faces huge challenges as carbon-control schemes and peak energy trends will raise energy costs dramatically,” Dr McMahon said.

“Rising living standards in WA have led to the state being the highest energy-user and the worst polluter and waste generator in the country.”

In his report, WA2020, Dr McMahon said the state needed to make significant policy changes in the next decade to avoid dramatic price increases and tackle drought, soil erosion and salinity problems.

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World’s largest wind farm opens off Kent

kent wind farm Worlds largest wind farm opens off Kent

The UK is determined to get out of the “dunce corner” on renewables, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said today as he officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the UK coast.

The 100-turbine Thanet wind farm off the coast of Kent will produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes a year, and brings the UK’s total power from onshore and offshore wind to more than 5GW – enough to power all the homes in Scotland.

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Even Oil Rich Gulf Countries Look to Renewable Energy

energy cells Even Oil Rich Gulf Countries Look to Renewable Energy

You’d think that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the Persian Gulf would have nothing to do with alternative energy initiatives, right?  Since they have close to a quarter of the global petroleum reserves literally underfoot, you might assume that they’d try to prevent the development of alternatives, or at least not be interested in using them.  It turns out, however that even the oil rich Gulf is diversifying the energy sources beyond fossil fuels, both for business diversification and as a result of real need.

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Ocean waves can power Australia’s future, scientists say

waves Ocean waves can power Australias future, scientists say

Waves crashing on to Australia’s southern shores each year contain enough energy to power the country three times over, scientists said on Tuesday in a study that underscores the scale of Australia’s green energy. The research, in the latest issue of the journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, comes as the nation is struggling to wean itself of years of using cheap, polluting coal to power the economy and to put a price on carbon emissions.

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