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Advantages and disadvantages of an energy audit

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In broad terms an energy audit (or water audit) involves collecting and analysing billing data for all energy sources and determining total energy usage, a site analysis to identify where energy is used and energy savings opportunities, doing calculations to estimate the cost/benefit of the energy savings opportunities, and producing and presenting a report which […]

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All aboard for Port Sustainability

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Ports are typically associated with the economy. Think of a port and you might think of shipping containers, economic activity, the transfer of goods from sea to land. But there is strong interest from some port authorities in making their ports more sustainable, and in order to do this effectively you need to get everyone […]

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The bright future of a commodity going south

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The state of Victoria, in the south east of Australia, is similar to many western nations in that the use of electricity from centralized electricity generators on the grid is on the wane, as illustrated in the graph below. Electricity consumption is down 17% compared with 2008 levels, and peak demand also seems to be […]

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Mr. Turnbull’s dangerous gamble on base-load coal

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Yesterday (1 February) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that Australia needed more synchronous baseload power, and that we would continue to use coal for many decades. He stated that “it is clear that the coalition stands for cheaper energy” and that “we are approaching this issue clear-eyed, pragmatic and objective.” Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce […]

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Notes on “The End of Power” by Moisés Naím, and how this might change how you think about the response to big problems such as climate change

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“From boardrooms to battlefields and churches, to states, why being in charge isn’t what it used to be.” The theme of this 2013 book by Moisés Naím is that power is weakening because the barriers to power have weakened by the: “more revolution” – more people, better standards of living, more literacy and education; “mobility […]