BHP under pressure to dump pro-coal lobby groups over climate policy

A shareholder resolution highlighting the chasm between BHP’s stated climate policy and the pro-coal advocacy of its mining industry lobby has pushed the company to commit to reconsidering its membership of the hardline Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). The outcome of the move could dramatically reshape the parameters of energy policy in Australia and beyond. … Read more

ACT tips another $4m into home battery subsidy scheme

One Step Off The Grid The Australian Capital Territory government will extend its subsidised roll-out of battery storage to Canberra homes and businesses, after announcing on Wednesday that it would allocate another $4 million to support the scheme. The battery scheme, a part of the ACT government’s $25 million Next Generation Energy Storage program, and … Read more

Back to 2009: Abbott declares war on everything

Well, that turned out well didn’t it. Despite prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s desperate attempts to appease the conservative faction of his Coalition government by compromising everything he ever stood for on climate and clean energy, it’s clearly not enough. Greg Foyster cartoon His predecessor Tony Abbott effectively dialled back the climate and energy debate to … Read more

Work begins on world’s biggest solar tower and storage plant

Work has begun in the oil and gas-rich emirate of Dubai on construction of the world’s biggest solar tower and storage plant – the first stage of a 700MW facility that will feature a 260m high tower. The project was officially launched by Dubai’s ruler Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday, and the first stage … Read more

Battery ban off the table after industry roundtable “consensus”

Australia’s energy storage industry looks to have notched up a quiet win earlier this week, with the news that Standards Australia appears likely to scrap draft guidelines that could have effectively banned the installation of lithium-ion battery systems in Australian homes and garages. In a media release on Monday, Standards Australia said it had gathered … Read more

Off-grid solar + battery systems prove 15x more reliable than network

Image: Owen and Aimee and family, West River. Source: Western Power Western Australian utility Western Power has revealed the results of its stand-alone power system (SPS) pilot, confirming that the solar, diesel and battery storage systems deployed at six properties located around Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Ongerup, had delivered a 15-fold reliability improvement for customers. In … Read more

Battery storage uptake by households surges as grid costs soar

Battery storage system installations in Australia look set to confirm predictions they will treble in 2017, driven by a growing uptake of home battery systems. New data shows more than 7000 were installed across the nation in the first six month of the year – surpassing the 6500 sales recorded for all of 2016 – … Read more