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CEF in the media  |  Media Releases  |  Feb 15, 2024

OP ED | Massive Victoria blackout underlines need to accelerate transition to firmed renewables

Renew Economy

Victoria, like Australia, is on notice. We need to plan and build-in energy system resilience as a key priority, and invest in a modern, flexible grid that is future-proofed. This requires pivoting emphatically and as a matter of urgency from risky dependence on end-of-life, unreliable, polluting centralised coal-plants like Loy Yang A, built four decades ago for a completely different energy market. Thermal coal power plants are not part of the solution – they are the problem. Alongside big solar, wind and batteries, we stand on the precipice of a revolutionary opportunity to massively upscale consumer energy resources, like solar PV on rooftops everywhere, household batteries, and EVs sending power to the grid. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 14, 2024

OP ED | Victoria’s blackout crisis is rooted in a decade of Coalition Inaction

The Age

Recent blackout crisis in Victoria is caused by a decade of inaction by the Coalition government in addressing climate and energy policy. The blackout was caused by storm damage to power lines, leading to the shutdown of coal-fired generators, which contributed to a third of the state’s power supply being lost. Tim Buckley argues that a lack of investment in transitioning the grid to renewable energy sources, such as rooftop solar and battery storage, has left the energy system vulnerable to such crises. Urging for a shift towards decentralized, decarbonized, and renewable energy solutions, the article emphasizes the need for state and federal cooperation and investment in a modern, resilient energy grid. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 14, 2024

Wind or sun, coal or nuclear; we need a stronger grid and a better debate

The Sydney Morning Herald

“It was not Loy Yang A tripping that caused the blackouts, it was the grid connected to Loy Yang that got taken out, and Loy Yang tripped because [it] couldn’t export the power [it was] generating,” explains energy analyst Tim Buckley. He says distributing the sites at which power is generated and stored and the number of transmission lines connected to these sites to end users would strengthen rather than weaken the grid. “It’s about having a spiderweb so if the one line or one string goes down, the grid overall doesn’t collapse.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 14, 2024

Downed Vic power lines spark debate

PV Magazine

Tim Buckley, the director of Climate Energy Finance in Sydney described yesterday’s events as a “debacle” and called for a rapid rollout of wind, solar, and battery energy storage. “The result is electricity prices spiking to the maximum $16,600/MWh – meaning all electricity producers are absolutely cashing in big time, profits for generators, a nightmare for Victorian energy users. Time to break the fossil fuel cartel gouging Australians and accelerate the deployment of firmed renewable energy as fast as possible,” wrote Buckley in a post on LinkedIn. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 14, 2024

Analyst calls for major improvements to Victorian grid resilience

ABC Radio

A leading energy analyst says Victoria needs to improve the resilience of its power supply. Tim Buckley is director of the public interest think tank Climate Energy Finance. He joined Raf Epstein to share his view of what Victoria needs to do to future-proof the grid. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 8, 2024

OP ED | A circuit breaker to give us clear air on heated wind debate

The Newcastle Herald

The transition of Australia’s energy system will simply not happen without diversified supply: offshore wind projects are an important component now available for our future energy system. Climate Capital Forum member and experienced wind energy executive, Naomi Campbell, outlines the extensive feasibility process involved and the opportunity for community engagement. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 8, 2024

VIDEO | Tim Buckley breaks down the COALition’s campaign to kill renewables, aka Climate Wars 2.0

ABC TV News Channel

Tim Buckley breaks down the COALition’s attempt to kill the renewables revolution by sowing disinformation and dissent in the community as the rest of the world rapidly decarbonises Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 8, 2024

OP ED | Once again the Coalition is trying to wreck the joint rather than save it

The Sydney Morning Herald

As Tim Buckley and Annemarie Jonson write, the Coalition’s Luddites are at it again, doing what they do best – wrecking the joint as they try to blow up the renewables transition. Meanwhile, investment in the clean energy that will solve the climate crisis and deliver permanent energy bill relief to consumers is skyrocketing Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 7, 2024

Are energy giants to blame for abnormally high price inflation?

AusBiz

Tim Buckley, the current director at Climate Energy Finance, offers his insights on the Fels Report which analyses the inflationary impact of corporate greed among aviation and energy companies in Australia. Reacting to increasing energy costs, Tim surmises that Australian consumers face abuses due to the disproportionally high number of oligopolies exerting their market power. Consequently, excessive price inflation, particularly in the energy sector, has become prevalent despite Australia being a premiere energy exporter, with automotive fuel prices increasing by 45%, gas prices by 36%, and electricity prices by more than 20%. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 6, 2024

Shock at call for moratorium on ‘reckless renewables’

AAP

Blair Palese, Founder, Climate Capital Forum comments on the Coalition’s campaign to suspend investment in decarbonisation , calling it “reckless and short sighted”. Read more
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