Victoria

Victoria announces first microgrid consortium

A partnership between RMIT researchers, Moreland Energy Foundation, renewable energy services business, Ovida, and solar retailer Allume Energy has won a $980,000 grant from the Victorian government towards a trial of microgrids for multi-tenanted buildings.

Residential laws

Residential laws in Victoria up for change, but not enough

Victoria’s long-awaited residential tenancy reforms hit the table in the state parliament’s lower house this week. But while Premier Daniel Andrews said the reforms would be the biggest change to the state’s residential tenancy in 20 years, missing in action was any requirement for minimum energy standards and thermal comfort.

flammable cladding The Lacrosse, Melbourne

Victoria turns to EUA model to rectify flammable cladding crisis

Victoria will introduce a “world-first” financial mechanism to help residential building owners pay for urgent rectification works caused by the installation of non-conforming and non-compliant flammable cladding on high-rise apartment buildings in the state.

Geoengineering climate change

China eyes sun-blocking tech as its climate change Plan B

The search for climate-change hacks is ramping up across the world as the window to reduce greenhouse gas emissions narrows, with scientists in China experimenting with new ways of blocking out the sun.