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13 Nov, 19 tweets, 18 min read
As Josh Lynham in the #WestWing once exclaimed "We've got the big MO!"

That's right the momentum on #climate action & the transition to #renewables is now becoming too hard to ignore. And this week has been HUGE.

Let's start domestically: On Mon the NSW Government @Matt_KeanMP kicked off the week with a 12GW #renewables & 2GW storage by 2030 announcement, backed by a policy mechanism & transmission. The most significant RE policy since @MrKRudd expanded the RET…
Then on Tuesday the Tasmanian Parliament passed their 200% #renewables target through the lower house of their parliament. This is truly world-leading. No jurisdiction in the world that I can find has set a 200% #renewables target.

#taspol @GuyBarnett…
On Wed the 6th largest electricity user in Aus - @woolworths announced a 100% #renewables by 2025 target. Meaning another 1% of Australia's electricity demand will be powered by #renewables in short order.

Hats off to @GreenpeaceAP @theRE100 @BRC_AU

Also on Wed, #AndrewForrest & @FortescueNews announced they are getting into #renewables in a BIG way - 235GWs to start off with (that's about 235% of Australia's electricity demand).…
On Thurs Australia's first Minister for #Renewables & Hydrogen @MickdeBrenni was sworn in in Queensland. The new minister has a big agenda of election promises to fulfil - $500m clean energy fund, $145m for 3 REZs, hydrogen plans & copper string.…

Also on Thurs, @AEMO_Media & the Vic Government released their transmission plan (much needed) & announced that more #renewables have been connected in Victoria than in any other state or territory in the last year! Real momentum @LilyDAmbrosioMP #springst…
Friday was quieter, and today @adamlmorton wraps up the week nicely with a summary of Australia's GIANT #renewable projects which will underpin our move to become a renewable export powerhouse.…
This week which was huge and amazing, builds off last week where Victoria announced a 300MW battery - three times the size of South Australia's big battery.

#springst @LilyDAmbrosioMP

And South Australia announced its #Hydrogen Export Prospectus and its support for a huge #renewable hydrogen project on the Eyre Peninsula by H2U.

#sapol @RigaDimd…
Oh and I missed that @zalisteggall introduced her #ClimateBill to Federal Parliament on Monday - another big step.

#auspol #climatechange #climateactnow
All this domestic renewables is set against global momentum. The week obvs started with Joe Biden winning the US Election - a huge relief for #climate advocates. Even without the senate there's A LOT he can do. Remember exec orders made this possible 👇

Also this week @IEA released their #Renewables2020 Report & World Energy Outlook and it was BIG GOOD News ☀️☀️☀️

And of course all of this is set against the fact that over the last six weeks Australia's major fossil fuel export market countries - China, Japan and South Korea (with Taiwan to follow suit soon) have all committed to Net Zero Emission.

A few final thoughts on this amazing week of #renewable momentum.

1. Social movements and campaigns work. Hats off to the amazing organisers who made #climate a top US election issue (@sunrisemvmt), who get corporates to actually step up (@lindsaysou) and keep the BIG MO going.
2. I want to thank @Mark_Butler_MP for all the work he has done advocating for #climateaction within the @AustralianLabor Party. I really hope you retain this portfolio - you know it inside out.…
3. Political champions within state and federal parliaments and political parties matter and are turning this ship around.
4. For all the journos out there, this week there has been calls for more women commentators on #climate & #energy. Just know I'm here!

@perkinsmiki @adamlmorton @bkjabour @LexiMetherell @Gay_Alcorn @angelamacd @ElouiseFowler @StephenLongAus @PeterHartcherAO @annajhenderson

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More from @nickymison

11 Nov
1/ This is a pretty good analysis of the NSW Government's excellent Energy Infrastructure Roadmap by @tanelsonaus and @joelgilmore.

But TBH I'm a bit tired of folks saying - this policy is good but really a carbon price would be much better.…
2/ I get it, I get the economics. A carbon price is an incredibly powerful and efficient policy. But carbon pricing also isn't perfect.
Eg a carbon price does not encourage RE projects to do good community engagement & benefit sharing for local communities - the NSW policy does
3/ A carbon price has proven to be bad politics - divorced from people's day to day lives, so susceptible to scare campaigns. This plays to the advantage of climate laggards not climate leaders.

Then of course there's the issue of offsets & particularly socially unjust offsets.
Read 5 tweets
6 Apr
Ok folks its time to talk about overbuilding renewable energy as the quickest and cheapest way to a low-carbon future for Australia.

Firstly if you're thinking about both the economic recovery from the #Covid_19australia crisis and how to respond to the #climatecrisis, I highly recommend the excellent work of @Anna_Skarbek's team @ClimateWorksAus in their latest report. See @adamlmorton's article for summary
The analysis by @ClimateWorksAus "suggests over-building renewable energy to 200% capacity – double what the country needs – could be more cost-effective than building to 100%, and would spark new clean export opportunities."
Read 20 tweets
3 Mar
Tonight on @abc730 @leighsales asked some serious questions of Scott Morrison on #climatechange. However, there are some additional questions it would have been great if she'd asked...

#auspol #ClimateCrisis
@abc730 @leighsales 1. You talk about not wanting anyone to lose their job - what about the thousands of people who are losing their job in the #renewables industry right now due to the lack of policy certainty and the lack of a plan to decarbonise our electricity sector? Do their jobs not count?
@abc730 @leighsales 2. Scientists say that your current plan to cut emissions by 2030 will lead to warming of more than 3 degrees - much higher than the Paris targets - what is the cost of more than 3degrees of warming to the Australian economy?
Read 10 tweets
12 Oct 19
You're taking a job running a #renewable exports campaign? Renewable exports - what's that? Why is it important?

Last year I came up with a #Renewable Exports typology.

I reckon there are six main types of exports.

1. Direct electricity transfer via undersea cables, like the SunCable proposal to export power to Singapore…
2. Clean hydrogen-based fuel, using #renewable electricity to electrolyze water. Renewable hydrogen can then be turned into other chemicals like ammonia, which can be transported more easily and safely at scale.
Read 24 tweets
3 Mar 19
If you were a journo or opinion editor trying to get better at reporting on #climate & #energy, what questions would you be asking?


@KetanJ0 @TennantReed @simonahac @dylanjmcconnell @craigmemery @SimonCorbell @OBenPotter @1MarijaPetkovic @miriamlyons
1/ If the article/writer claims a certain cost of acting on climate, does it also make claims about the cost of not acting on climate?
2/ If there are claims made about industry moving off shore, where will the industry go (since the majority of the world is acting on climate)?
Read 9 tweets
23 Feb 19
"Contrary to public perceptions, solar panel uptake is proportionally more common in roofs of those with lower- to middle socio-economic standing." Great work by @solarcitizens @VEPC_VU @p_hannam

1/For those who say - "what about renters and people who live in apartments?" there are a few options available. 1. Sun Tenants which works by splitting the benefit of #solar between landlords and tenants - @SunTenants
2/ Then if you live in Victoria the Vic Government is introducing a #Solar for renters rebate from 1st July this year. #springstreet…
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