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​Energy chaos guaranteed under government “plan”

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has slammed the Federal Government’s new “energy plan” labelling it “a failure of leadership”, that is likely to lead to higher power prices, poor reliability and worsening carbon pollution for the Australian public. Climate Councillor and energy expert Andrew Stock said the Federal Government plan lacked any form of modelling, …

Dumping CET a grave mistake

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has slammed the Federal Government’s decision to abandon plans for a Clean Energy Target (CET).Climate Councillor and energy sector veteran Andrew Stock said the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the crucial CET is a major mistake and will do nothing to combat rising pollution levels and electricity prices.…

Climate Critical To Energy Blueprint

In response to reports of the forthcoming future energy blueprint, the Climate Council is calling on the Federal Government to ensure that tackling climate change is central to any strategy that is set out.“Australia has one of the most polluting energy systems in the world. We are also the sunniest country in the world and one of the windiest.…

Abbott Out of Step With Reality

Abbott’s speech last night confirms he’s even more out of touch than we thought with the reality of climate change and its worsening impacts on Australians.The speech to the climate denying group, The Global Warming Policy Foundation included a range of ludicrous statements, denying that record-breaking temperature rises are taking place.…

BoM Confirms Sizzling Start to Spring

Friday 22 September 2017 was the hottest September day experienced in Australia since national area-averaged temperature records began over 100 years ago, a new report from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), reveals today. From the 23rd to the 29th September, 31 locations (out of 62 locations that make up the Bureau of Meteorology’s high quality,…

Politics preventing Australia’s switch to 21st Century energy

Politics is the only factor standing in the way of Australia’s transition to a modern electricity network, powered by renewable energy and storage technology, according to a new report released by the Climate Council today.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said the synthesis report ‘Powering a 21st Century Economy: secure, clean, affordable…

New Poll: Public Speak Out On Energy Inaction

A new poll released today by the Climate Council shows that three quarters of Australians (77%) recognise the importance of a Clean Energy Target (CET). To incentivise new types of energy, at lower cost, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommended that the Government must implement a CET.…

New poll: Public Speak Out On “Old Lady” Liddell

A new poll released today by the Climate Council shows that 7 out of 10 people disagree with the Government’s stance to keep the Liddell coal-fired power station open costing nearly $1 billion. When asked what should happen to the power station after its planned closure in 2022, 77% said public money should not be used to keep it open.…

Paris Agreement to continue with or without United States

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has welcomed the United State’s potential revisiting of the historic international Paris Climate Agreement, but has warned the global community will not bend the accord’s conditions. The Trump Administration has flagged the potential move to stay with the global accord, with hopes of modifying the conditions.…

​Millions of children at risk under intensifying climate change

The Climate Council and aid organisation Plan International Australia have called on the Federal Government to meet its climate change aid and relief commitments, as extreme weather events continue to intensify around the world. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said extreme weather events, including Hurricane Irma and Harvey and extreme…

Government's coal obsession out of step with economics, science

DATA from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found investment in renewable energy and storage technologies is surging around the world, while investment in coal continues to plummet. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie warned the Federal Government that it would be a grave mistake to water down the Clean Energy Target proposed by…

Government's coal obsession out of step with economics, science

DATA from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found investment in renewable energy and storage technologies is surging around the world, while investment in coal continues to plummet. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie warned the Federal Government that it would be a grave mistake to water down the Clean Energy Target proposed by…

Climate change driving one of the most powerful hurricanes in history

SUPERCHARGED storms around the world, including Hurricane Irma and Harvey are becoming more powerful as a result of worsening climate change, according to the Climate Council. A Climate Council spokesperson said such extreme weather, including storms, rainfall and flooding events are becoming more intense and severe, causing mass destruction and…

Coal a major risk to our power supply: Energy Market Operator

AUSTRALIA’S ageing coal fleet has been named one of the nation’s biggest risks to the electricity grid, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The latest AEMO report shows Australia’s reliance on ageing coal and gas generators, along with any delay in rolling out renewables, poses a significant risk to electricity supply during …

Call to release hidden energy report

Climate Council is calling for the release of a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), which the Federal Government is using to justify its most recent push to prop up coal. Amanda McKenzie, chief executive, the Climate Council, said: “The Government must release the report to allow for an informed debate on the future of our…

Worsening climate change melts winter heat records

Australia has experienced its hottest winter on record (for mean maximum temperatures), as a result of intensifying climate change.The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) today released its seasonal update confirming Australia has seen the hottest (for mean maximum temperatures) and one of the driest winters on record, with temperatures reaching almost 2…

Fingerprints of climate change all over Tropical Storm Harvey

CLIMATE CHANGE is driving and influencing extreme weather events around the globe, including Tropical Storm Harvey, the Climate Council said today. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said climate change is driving increasing intense storms, including Tropical Storm Harvey.…

Victoria Securing State’s Energy Future

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plans to secure its clean energy future, after the state government flagged its intentions to legislate its Renewable Energy Targets.Climate Councillor and energy expert Andrew Stock said the Victorian Government’s plans to lock-in the state’s renewable targets set at 25 per cent by 2020…

South Australia announces another world-leading renewable energy project

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has just announced a new project to construct a 150MW solar thermal plant bringing clean, reliable power to the state. The solar thermal power plant with energy storage, the largest of its kind in Australia, will supply all of the Government’s power needs and will bring much-needed competition to South…