1. Aussie Kids on the March to Protest Climate Change Inaction
Last Friday 15th witnessed our Aussie kids skip school to march en masse against climate change. Many of the political elite, including the federal shadow minister for education, delivered patronising responses. Scott Morrison suggested the children focus on their studies and not activism. The point that is sadly lost on the political ‘grownups’ is that it is the consequences of their policy that contribute to compromising our kids future, possibly existentially. Our kids will have to endure a legacy of inaction as they learn to combat and survive in a superheated world. Power to the young people.
2. Making Renewables More Reliable. New Trials
The most common argument from renewables doubters and detractors is that renewables power sources are unreliable and unpredictable. There is an element of truth to this and it relates to connecting variable power generation to a grid predominantly designed for and powered by baseload. New trials will test forecasting methods that will foster a smoother wind and solar integration to our existing grid. It is predicted that the reduction in instability will help reduce power costs. Great ideas to help quell the growing pains.
3. Australia Needs to Wise Up as Asia Moves Quickly Away from Coal
Australia is likely to find itself in a world of economic hurt unless there is a speedy transition from our reliance on thermal coal revenue. Japan, Australia’s biggest thermal coal customer, has clearly signalled that it is moving away from coal-fired power plants. It is projected that of the new coal power plants proposed for Japan from 2015, two thirds will not be constructed. Japanese banks and traders are moving away from thermal coal and divesting, instead favouring new investments in renewables. We need to teach an old dog some new tricks.
4. Understanding the Benefits and Beneficiaries of Government Subsidies
Government subsidies work; there is no doubt about it. We, the citizens, deliver billions of taxpayer dollars to industry, private and otherwise. Strategically marshalled through the channels of government, outlandish sums of our cash are gifted to whatever industry, so said industry can compete and can grow (or simply survive). Our now massive rooftop solar industry is clearly the result of huge government subsidies. This is one of the great successes of subsidies - depending on your point of view. Should renewables subsidies continue? Read this and decide for yourself.
5. News from Abroad. Canada to Subsidise Electric Vehicles
In order to bolster sales in electric vehicles and hurry along the ICE to EV transition, the Canadian government is about to throw cash at the problem. Subsidies of $5000 will be offered for select zero-emission vehicles valued at less than $45,000. The total ‘prize pool’ is valued at $300 million over three years. Canada is noted as one slow country on the EV uptake. So what does that make us in Australia? Veritable snails? Taking lessons from the far north.
6. The Porsche Taycan
The anticipation trumpeting the market release of the all-electric Porsche Taycan has already seen many a Porsche fan burst at the seams. Still, the wait continues with fans having to be satisfied with a glimpse of the new prototype dressed in form obscuring prototype car camo. Word is the production version will be available toward the end of this year and will run off the shelves at a bargain basement $85,000. Entry-level sports plug-in?
7. Tesla’s South Australian Big Battery Keeps on Giving
When lightning strikes critical electrical grid components the load shedding begins, panic ensues and some of us, or many, are left in the dark. The last big grid lightning strike that took out two major circuits on the main transmission line linking NSW and Queensland was on August the 25th last year. The recent analysis of the event has reinforced the value of the Tesla battery. Find out why here.
8. The Rooftop Solar Challenge in LNP Blue Ribbon Seats
The former CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Oliver Yates, is standing as an independent in the Liberal safe seat of Kooyong. He’s using solar power to win the hearts and minds of voters, announcing the removal of financial barriers to see more of his constituents have access to cheaper solar power. Interestingly, he’s pegged against the federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. Would a solar driven swing in Kooyong signal the end for the current Morrison Federal Government. More here.
9. More Coal Doused Rubbery Figures from the Federal LNP
Instead of coming up with a coherent and progressive climate policy of their own, the federal LNP would rather lambast those of the opposition with the most outrageous figures creatable. A report commissioned for the federal LNP suggests Labour’s 50% emissions reduction would cost; a $472 billion hit to the economy, and up to $1.2 trillion without using Kyoto carryover credits; would slash real wages by $24,000 below where they would otherwise be and cause the loss of 580,000 jobs. Read on to see who the LNP have used to back up their claims. The scare campaign is completely transparent.
10. This Weeks Video. Tesla has Officially Launched Model Y.
Elon Musk’s compact all-electric SUV, the Model Y, has enjoyed its official launch with all the glitter, glamour and fancy lighting one would expect. And why not! The much-anticipated SUV appears as though it may very well live up to the demands of a highly discerning EV market. Want one?
A deposit of $2500 US via the Tesla website will get you started. AU$55,000 will secure a standard model. The long-range variant will cost AU$66,000. The prices start to jump with the premium models.
The dual-motor all-wheel-drive model is AU$72,000 and the performance version will set you back an easy AU$85,000. When can you expect delivery? The premium models will come first, around the Aussie spring in 2020. The standard models are due to hit the streets in 2021. Check the specs here.
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