Federal Power Board Needed Despite Loggerheads

A new over-arching energy board to help monitor security issues in the National Energy Market has federal and state ministers divided. This board, which was one of the key recommendations from the Finkel review, was discussed today at the annual Council of Australian Government energy council meeting in Brisbane. Post graduate Researcher at Curtin University…

WA Locks In Lithium Joint Venture Investment

After South Australia struck a historic deal with energy entrepreneur Elon Musk, WA is set to follow the neighbour’s footsteps by announcing the lithium joint venture investment. Chilean company Sociedad Química Minera De Chile (SQM) and Kidman Resources has reached a landmark agreement to build a 50:50 joint lithium project in Mount Holland. As a…

Four Uranium Mining Project Gets Green Light Despite Government Ban

Environmentalists and Aboriginal activists gathered at the steps of Parliament on Thursday to protest against the upcoming uranium mining projects approved by the previous government. Despite the Labor Government honoured its promise of banning uranium mining, four projects that were approved by the former Barnett Government will be going ahead despite the change. Anti Uranium…

WA Households Face Fee Hikes to Aid Budget Repair

Western Australians will be hit with higher bills, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt announcing a range of increased fees and charges for households. The bump up in costs will result in a 7.7 per cent  hike across the board from July 1, expecting Western Australians to share the burden of repairing the State Budget. Electricity will…

Finkel Recommendations Will Push Up Power Bills By 20 Percent

A 20 percent price hike on electricity is set to take place if the Turnbull government decides to adopt recommendations from the latest Finkel report. Prices are expected to surge from 26 cents to 46 cents per kilowatt, if the clean energy target, set out by the report is implemented. The recommendations outlined in the…

Rowe appointed as new Chairman of Synergy

The WA Government has appointed Lyndon Rowe as the new full-time chairman for the state-owned energy giant Synergy, effective immediately. Mr Rowe was the head of the Economic Regulation Authority in WA since 2004. He is now taking over former chairman Michael Smith’s position after Verve Energy was merged back with Synergy. Mr Rowe was…

Weekly Science Report

CLICK on the player above to watch the Weekly Science Report.   Former Japanese Prime Minister Tours Australia against Nuclear Power It’s been 3 years since the catastrophic Fukushima nuclear disaster and the devastating effects continue to be felt by hundreds of thousands of people. Mr Naoto Kan was the Japanese prime minister when the nuclear…

Fire Caused Black Out In Bibra Lake

A power line fault has sparked a fire causing black-outs in Perth’s southern suburbs. It happened at around 6:30pm near Stock Road in Bibra Lake, after bushes around the power line caught on fire. The fire crews arrived 10 minutes later to extinguish the blaze. Parts of Bibra Lake and surrounding areas is without power,…

Buswell Tabled State Budget 2013-14

This week WA Treasurer Troy Buswell delivered his first state budget for the second term of the Barnett government. In his speech in Parliament, Mr Buswell highlighted WA’s changing economy, with demand for public services and infrastructure growing due to our population increase. “The Western Australia economy is in a period of transition,” Mr Buswell…

Kwinana Power Station will retire

The Kwinana Power station is due to shut down by October, 2015. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said extending the life of the 37 year old power plant’s stage C is not economically sound. “Kwinana Power Station was built in the 1970’s and its age means it’s simply uneconomic to extend the life of the plant,”…