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Victoria could go it alone on better housing performance

The Victorian government could be preparing to go it alone on raising minimum residential energy efficiency requirements, according to its just-released Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy, revealed at this week’s National Energy Efficiency Conference.

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How South Australia turned the Feds’ energy policy on its head

The Australian energy landscape has undergone seismic changes in recent years, none more critical than the Federal Coalition’s October 17 party room consensus to dismiss a Clean Energy target and instead adopt the euphemistically titled National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

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Australia could learn a lot from the UK on energy policy

If Australia wants the private sector to build new energy assets then providing an investor friendly environment is essential. Globally this is recognised and is delivering cost-effective results.

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Does demand response really mean warm beer and suffering poor?

Coal-loving commentators have erupted with fuming outrage and wildly inaccurate assertions about demand response following last week’s announcement of the successful projects for ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s demand response pilot.

Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

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Demand response push shows government does believe in Paris

A new demand response trial will see tech firms, renewable storage firms and energy retailers collaborating on $35.7 million worth of projects delivering 200 megawatts of dispatchable energy capacity by 2020.

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European battle continues over 2030 energy efficiency target

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted last week for a legally binding target of a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency by 2030, as well as the closing of a number of loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.