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FN Arena covers ECT capital raise

FN Arena covers ECT capital raise

RESEARCH: Environmental Clean Technologies, Promising Cleantech Play Environmental Clean Technologies is moving beyond the initial Indian disappointment. “ECT is currently executing on an alternate value creation strategy it outlined in September 2019 which involves expanding and upgrading the Bacchus Marsh Coldry facility for end-products beyond coal in addition to the company’s move into the waste-to-energy… Continue Reading >

Is Victoria’s energy plan a leap of faith?

Is Victoria’s energy plan a leap of faith?

According to a recent article ($) by Angela Macdonald-Smith and Aaron Patrick in the Fin Review, EnergyAustralia Managing Director and a Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Catherine Tanna believes the Victorian government’s ‘aggressive’ wind and solar push is a ‘leap of faith’ that could send electricity prices skyrocketing more than they already have while… Continue Reading >

We need more renewables?

We need more renewables?

Last week’s Fin Review carried an article ($) by Angela Macdonald-Smith and Mark Ludlow that quoted the Victorian Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio on the need to replace ageing brown coal-fired power stations with wind and solar generation: “The real question here is not about how long these [brown coal] generators choose to stay in the… Continue Reading >

Blackout risk remains high

Blackout risk remains high

Matthew Warren, former chief executive of the Australian Energy Council, the Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Clean Energy Council and author of How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity, continues to sound the alarm bells on our fragile and failing energy market. He writes the following in today’s AFR: If South Australia… Continue Reading >

Hydrogen explodes

Hydrogen explodes

Hydrogen explodes. The Council of Australian Governments has lifted hydrogen industry development to the top of our national priority list. There’s a call for feedback and case studies. It’s all over the news. This article highlights the key driver for Australia’s efforts; Japan. And this article takes a practical look at how hydrogen can be… Continue Reading >

Fears Yallourn power station could close early

Fears Yallourn power station could close early

Recent news (here and here) has talked about the possibility of Yallourn power station closing as early as 2025 (rather than 2032) due to Victorian government policies aimed at reaching 50% renewable energy by 2030. Yallourn’s owner, EnergyAustralia, have made the following statement in response: The Yallourn power station generates enough electricity every day to… Continue Reading >

Recycling crisis sparks taxpayer funding

Recycling crisis sparks taxpayer funding

Recycling. We all do it. Or at least we try to. Plastics, paper, metals and glass. They go in one bin. Non-recyclables go in the other bin. If you’re super dedicated, organics get composted. Few people realised, until the recent recycling crisis, that we weren’t, well… recycling. At least, not in the way we thought… Continue Reading >

High energy costs take another scalp

High energy costs take another scalp

The high cost of energy, in this case natural gas, has played a large part in claiming yet another victim. Manufacturing giant Dow Chemicals is closing their Altona plant, citing rising gas prices and increasing international competition (i.e. it’s cheaper to do business overseas) as contributing factors. The Age’s Nick Toscano and Paul Sakkal reported… Continue Reading >