Tim Forcey on how to beat the winter gas blues and save money and health  

There’s a simple and highly effective solution that will save you dollars and health this winter. It’s simple: switch your split reverse-cycle airconditioner to “heat” and turn off the gas.  Australians living in the cooler climates burn a lot of gas in winter. If we burn less, we can save money on our household budgets, […]

Gas is not the solution for our clean energy future

Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has stacked the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee with oil and gas sector representatives, pushing for fossil fuel lobby-led economic recovery. It looks like gas is tipped […]

On how the all-electric, net zero horse has already bolted

News from the front desk, Issue 483: Last week, the Morrison government unleashed its technology roadmap on Australia, starring natural gas in a leading role. It didn’t take long for people to start protesting the pro-gas sentiment pushed by the government and its friends in the gas industry. Atlassian chief executive and renewables advocate Mike […]

On gas and hot air

News from the front desk: Five or six years ago the notion of cheap and plentiful gas available to our homes and offices might have been something to fear for its impact on climate and our greenhouse gas emissions.

Cooking with gas: bad for the planet, and bad for your health

Australia’s federal government looks like it’s digging its heels in on gas but be warned, cooking with it is bad for your health. And while rangehoods can help, not all of them were created equal. In fact, the best ones are so loud people don’t turn them on.

CEFC gets $1 billion for grid stability… gas included?

The Morrison government has sunk an extra $1 billion into a new fund for “grid reliability” to be managed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) but an energy expert has warned that the necessary legislative updates will allow the green bank to finance gas projects. 

Gas: your end is near

If you believe the hype from the government and from the fossil fuel industry, gas is poised to swoop in and heroically stimulate the economy, reduce energy prices and save Australia’s emissions trajectory.

There’s no reason for new homes to include gas, report finds

New homes that go all-electric with solar would save between $9000-$18,000 over 10 years compared with a home that has gas appliances and no solar, according to new research from the Australian Technology Association (ATA).

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.

Global spotlight on South Australia as it leads huge energy storage shake-up

The world’s eyes have been on South Australia and its energy security issues after high profile tweets between the CEOs of Tesla and Atlassian went viral. Now SA premier Jay Weatherill has announced his state will invest $550 million in a bid to increase energy security. The move will include a new $150 million renewable […]

Hydro eliminates need for coal and gas, ANU says

A 100 per cent renewable grid of solar and wind backed up by pumped hydro energy storage will eliminate the need for coal and gas, according to ANU researchers – and it will be “decisively cheaper”. With hydro power energy storage, water is pumped uphill when energy supply is plentiful and stored to generate electricity […]

Is gas heating really cheaper than electric?

It’s autumn, the weather is finally starting to cool, and in some homes in Australia ducted heating systems are being switched on for the first time this year, sending hot air through chilly rooms.

Study: gas hot water not the answer

By Cameron Jewell

1 October 2013 — Gas hot water isn’t as sustainable as point-of-use instant electric systems under many circumstances, according to a new study out of RMIT University.