Category Research

Who Will Protect Householders in the Democratization of the Energy Sector?

The twenty-first century is seeing a rapid transformation of the electricity regime towards what has been called a ‘democratization’ of the electricity sector.  This transition will see end-users engaged in far more complex interactions with electricity.  End-users are no longer solely unconscious consumers of electricity, where the flick of a switch will create demand, but […]

How the use of metaphors can influence the way we think about issues

ly my research has led me to think about the way the community talks about renewable energy, and the way these discussions can influence people’s perceptions of utilities, domestic solar and associated policies. My own perception is that these kinds of phrases are as damaging as they are engaging. Electricity generation is incredibly complex, and any broad-ranging scale of change to be experienced in networks is likely to filter through to low income earners in increased charges.

How can we overcome Australia’s renewable energy policy deadlock?

It has now been three months since the release of the Finkel Review Report and its recommendation for a Clean Energy Target – and the federal Government seems no closer to deciding what the renewable energy policy landscape will look like after 2020. Adam Bandt recently pointed out that Labor’s willingness to vote for anything […]

Network operators ‘push back’ on more small-scale solar. But why?

Last week the Clean Energy Regulator announced that Australia had reached a new milestone in installed small-scale renewable energy capacity – 6,000 MW – most of it small-scale PV. But can the rapid rate of small-scale solar energy adoption continue? My paper, also released last week (and available for free until October 20), suggests that […]

Why not writing journal articles might increase the quality of academic publications

In essence, my intention to publish an article about my experiences is a reflection of my arrogant belief that my experiences mean something. And perhaps this is a growing problem with the academic literature.

Is the peer review process all it’s cracked up to be?

Recently I have been going through the laborious process of responding to peer reviewer comments for papers developed as part of my PhD. At the same time, earlier this year I was asked to provide peer review feedback on a number of other papers.  And it’s had me thinking about the peer review process… I’m […]

One simple step to an impressive CV – Give it a go

In my experience developing an extensive resume is more about throwing your hat in the ring and giving things a go than it is about being an expert, or impressive in any other way.