Archived News for Energy Sector Professionals - January, 2012
Research for a recently awarded Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD thesis has found that understanding how households make decisions about their electricity use could be the key to savings for governments, generators and consumers.
“This information provides researchers and marketers alike with a greater understanding of how households make efficiency choices, and how those choices can be influenced to develop more successful demand management programs,” Dr Kleinschafer said.
The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) has has released its Final Price Determination for the solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Premium to apply from 27 January 2012 – 30 June 2014.
Sustainability Victoria (SV) is seeking to engage an organisation to assist it to build its existing knowledge base on upgrading the energy efficiency of existing (pre-2005) Victorian houses.
The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator has called for comment on on the amendments to the Regulation 19B Legislative Instrument – Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) methodology for solar water heaters and air source heat pump water heaters.
The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), a national coalition of health care groups, has released findings that refute any correlation between wind power and decreased human health.
Australia-Pacific LNG (APLNG) has signed a binding agreement with the Sinopec Group of China that will see Sinopec take a total of 7.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum from the APLNG Project in Gladstone in Queensland. It is the largest LNG supply agreement in Australian history.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, has announced the latest schools to receive grants as part of the Federal Government's National Solar Schools Program.
Under the 2011-12 round, 784 schools across Australia have each been awarded grants of up to $50,000, which will help save and generate energy, as well as use water more wisely by installing solar and other renewable power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.
Mr Dreyfus said that to date 3,800 schools across Australia have been awarded grants under the program.
"The combination of renewable energy systems installed under this program will generate approximately 20MW of solar power - the equivalent of powering around 4,200 average households each day," he said.
Applications were assessed on value for money criteria, as well as environmental and educational benefits.
Applications from schools located in remote or low socio-economic areas received additional weighting to allow funding to be directed to schools most in need.
Applications for 2012-13, the final round of the National Solar Schools Program, will open on 13 February, 2012. Further information about the Program, including a list of successful grant recipients, is available on the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website.
The Australian Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has announced the appointment of Mr Ross Bunyon, Ms Nancy Fox, Mr Stephen Parbery and Mr Michael Perry to the Energy Security Council.
The University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) has become a member of a new research consortium - the Green Touch™ Initiative - which brings together leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry players and researchers to fundamentally re-invent the network and reduce ICT energy consumption up to a factor of 1000.
Recruitment specialist Hays has released its January to March quarterly report into labour and skills demand, examining the ‘current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends’.
Queensland energy supplier Ergon Energy has announced it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with APA Diamantina Power station to supply energy to North-Western Queensland customers.
QR National and resources giant Rio Tinto have signed a 10 year performance based contract that will see 3 million tonnes of coal per annum moved from Rio Tinto's Blair Athol/ Clermont operations to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal (APCT).
The Federal Government has released a report analyzing the extent to which existing regulatory frameworks support action by major infrastructure sectors in adapting to climate change.
New Zealand’s Meridian Energy has announced it is withdrawing its applications for the development of the proposed windfarm development in Lammermoor Range in Central Otago, following a five year planning battle.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published an Issues Paper regarding Energy Market Arrangements for Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles.
Three major Chinese companies have joined The University of Western Australia and 15 other Chinese and Australian science and industry partners to develop new international collaborative approaches to energy and mining research.
The Victorian Government has announced its intentions to establish a Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) inquiry into determining the most appropriate regulatory framework that will encourage households and businesses to deliver renewable and low emissions energy into the grid, known as distributed power generation.
Japanese oil and gas company, INPEX Corporation and the French giant TOTAL S.A. have confirmed the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the US$34 billion Ichthys LNG Project. The agreement was announced at a ceremony in Darwin, the site of the onshore gas processing facilities which will be built to produce 8.4 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum.
The Victorian Government has signed a new agreement with the City of Ballarat to investigate the options for a new bioenergy facility that will aim to convert organic waste into renewable energy.