SA Blackout: From name-calling to … report writing

The political and cultural battle around the  South Australian blackout of 28 September is moving from the ‘(s)pinning-the-blame’ phase to the ‘await the verdicts of the “independent” reports’ phase.  All available insults have been traded, and other issues will be popping up on the radar imminently.  For example, a stoush over the proposed gay marriage … Continue reading SA Blackout: From name-calling to … report writing

Fear and the capture of new markets #transitions #energy

Oh I want a post-doc.  Not just for the paying of the bills: I actually know what I want to study too. I want to study the mobilisation of emotions (fear, greed, hope etc) by entrepreneurs and contrapreneurs to create new markets capture existing/emerging ones prevent new ones forming because it offends your a) worldview … Continue reading Fear and the capture of new markets #transitions #energy

Open letter to Jay Weatherill on #fuckwitgate

Dear Jay, we are both busy (you with trying to implement climate and energy policy while the Federal Government supplies only ridicule and chaos, me with finishing a thesis) so I will keep this as brief as I can. When I read what was reported in today’s Australian (1)  ‘Jay says nay on right-wing remark‘ … Continue reading Open letter to Jay Weatherill on #fuckwitgate

Weatherill lets fly at right wing attack against renewables

WHOOP!  My second stand-alone article on the excellent reneweconomy site… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill was in a pugnacious mood at the launch of Climate Wars, the new book by Labor’s shadow climate minister Mark Butler, and let fly at the ‘rightwing f***wits’ (his words) that were keen to use any event to attack renewables. Butler’s book … Continue reading Weatherill lets fly at right wing attack against renewables

#Australian #climate politics – a crazy week explained

The policy oscillations around a price on carbon in Australia are one of the few sources of reliable and seemingly endlessly renewable political energy.  This article tries to answer the following questions How did we get here (a quick run through Australian climate policy debacles – skip this if you are familiar with the sorry … Continue reading #Australian #climate politics – a crazy week explained

The next Australian Prime Minister… Josh Frydenberg?

Update: Mr Frydenberg has backflipped clumsily on a carbon price.  Oops The soap opera that is the Australian Prime Ministership goes on.  In the 32 years between December 1975 and November 2007 we had four prime ministers (Fraser, Hawke, Keating, Howard).  In the five years between June 2010 and September 2015 we had five (Rudd, … Continue reading The next Australian Prime Minister… Josh Frydenberg?

Circuit breaker: Why the Finkel Review may be a game-changer for climate and energy policy in Australia #energyfutures

The review of the Australian Electricity Market being undertaken by the chief scientist may break the impasse over climate and energy policy, according to a senior South Australian public servant.  Speaking in a personal capacity at an event in Adelaide, Dr Don Russell, Chief Executive of the Department of State Development for the South Australian Government, … Continue reading Circuit breaker: Why the Finkel Review may be a game-changer for climate and energy policy in Australia #energyfutures

Blame games and framing battles over renewables in South Australia

Adelaide and energy systems have one thing in common – they rarely  dominate the news agenda in Australia. However, twice in the past three months they have been front and centre. That reveals something interesting about the ‘framing battles’ taking place over renewable energy and whose vision for Australia’s future will win. Price spike and … Continue reading Blame games and framing battles over renewables in South Australia

The Australian Climate Roundtable – what, who, why and what does it all mean? #climateroundtable

UPDATE: See this EXCELLENT piece by Ian Dunlop on how the Australian elites have fundamentally failed us on climate change [minor corrections spotted by eagle-eyed people, and corrected] The Australian climate policy soap opera is a bit like the TV show Neighbours. It’s been going since the late 80s. It survived the departure of some … Continue reading The Australian Climate Roundtable – what, who, why and what does it all mean? #climateroundtable

The Joy of … Big Numbers; the Simpsons, Hype Cycles and George Monbiot

Here’s 3 quotations about energy provision. They’re from 1973, 2001 and 2010. Skim, don’t ponder. I’ve put the relevant bits in bold. The tl;dr is that politicians like Big Numbers (duh). “Project Independence was an initiative announced by U.S. President Richard Nixon on November 7, 1973, in reaction to the OPEC oil embargo and the … Continue reading The Joy of … Big Numbers; the Simpsons, Hype Cycles and George Monbiot