Tag Archives: solar

Let’s keep the “Renewable energy jobs surge” in perspective

Yesterday the ABS released its latest renewable energy jobs estimates and its media release reported a Renewable energy jobs surge on the back of solar. My colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS tweeted about the new data and produced the chart … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Trad right on thermal coal – Qld should prepare for possible future decline of industry

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad is quoted in the Courier-Mail today on the future of thermal coal in Queensland: QUEENSLANDERS working in thermal-coal mines should start reskilling now to prepare for the decline of the industry, according to … Continue reading

Posted in Mining, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Coal, climate change, solar & batteries – why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the state’s energy assets

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this morning’s AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Mackay, Mining, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Economics of second best in energy policy

Australia’s energy policy is such a confusing mess that the Australian’s economics editor Judith Sloan actually supports the ACCC’s dubious call (in its Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final Report) for the Australian Government to act as a buyer of last resort … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Qld Solar Bonus Scheme shows how bad government policy can cost taxpayers for a long time

The Queensland Government yesterday directed its electricity network business Energy Queensland to remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from its charges until 2020, which will reduce Energy Queensland’s earnings and hence adversely impact the State Budget (see the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Judith Sloan right to criticise over-reliance on renewable energy

Judith Sloan, Contributing Economics Editor to the Australian, has a brilliant op-ed in the paper today (see Energy price reveals folly of renewables) criticising policies targeting renewable energy, following the wholesale electricity price spike that occurred in South Australia last … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Solar subsidy creates suburban “eyesore” on Gold Coast

In describing how government policies can have strange effects, economic textbooks often refer to the window tax that applied in Britain in France in the 18th and 19th centuries. This tax resulted in a number of households bricking up windows … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environment, Gold Coast | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments