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Firing up Port Adelaide Enfield with solar

It was so great to speak at the Port Adelaide Enfield Environment Forum last week. I gave a presentation and they got me thinking about how to crack open the opportunities ┬áin the area. I was deeply impressed that a … Continue reading

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Alternative currencies leverage new value – lets build one for SA

I’m slow to the game on this one. Alternative currencies have been experimented with for many years. Many communities are looking for local value to be the first stop for shoppers. Michael Schuman is not convinced and left it out … Continue reading

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Ways to value work

I was challenged this week to put my work onto a commercial basis. “If you can’t define where the salary will come from, you will come to resent all the volunteer work you are doing”. I pushed back, “maybe the … Continue reading

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Was this Adelaide’s ‘Superstorm Sandy’ moment?

On Wednesday evening a significant storm took out the entire South Australian electricity grid. Most suburbs were blacked out for at least 4 hours, businesses closed and traffic snarled slowly home as it navigated a city in darkness without traffic … Continue reading

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A visit to Coop Power

On Wednesday I was hosted by Lynn Benander at Coop Power in western Massachusetts. I gave a talk to a great bunch of coop members and active citizens in the local Climate Action Now chapter. It was very interactive – … Continue reading

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Australian Community Energy

Following this excellent Guardian article by Matt Charles-Jones, I thought it worth summarising the best examples of community energy in Australia. A core group of people need to be credited with the foresight to build a backbone organisation for community … Continue reading

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Imagining a Low Carbon Economy

Our economy is interlinked with our energy consumption – intimately. The Oil Crisis of the 70’s triggered a scramble of activity in Energy Departments around the world. Suddenly energy security could not be taken for granted and energy efficiency was … Continue reading

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