Renewable Energy Scam: The Howard Johnson HoJo Motor

Perpetual Motion, Internet Scams, and the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Motor. Today I received a spam email with a Subject field that promised ‘Free Energy’, thanks to the ‘HoJo Motor’. Now I love ‘Free’ as much as the next man. Also, being a Member of the Solar Energy Society, I know that once you’ve paid for […]

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Air Conditioners & Increasing Energy Prices: Not Cool!

I get heartily fed up with the dishonesty of power company spokespeople, conservative politicians and Rupert’s Media, all peddling the line that increases in electricity prices are all down to renewables subsidies, and the (yet-to-be) carbon ‘tax’. The truth is that these items have a small impact on the price increases for electricity. The majority […]

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Free: The East Solar Expo & Conference

The East Solar Conference & Expo, being held in Melbourne in August, is free to attend. The East Solar Conference & Expo For many years, I have been a Committee Member of the Australian Energy Society (AuSES) in the ACT. For those interested in solar and renewable energy issues, the Annual AuSES Conferences have been […]

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Free Online Courses on Sustainable Energy

I was delighted to come across a number of Online Learning Units provided by the Open University in the UK. The ones listed here focus on the subject of Sustainable Energy. Follow the heading links to check out the Course Notes for each one. The Units are… An Introduction to Sustainable Energy Why Sustainable Energy […]

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Walking the Milford Track

It was Mark Twain who wryly observed that golf was “a good walk spoiled.” On a more positive note, he’s also on record as having described the Milford Track in New Zealand as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”, and “the finest walk in the world.” Last month I walked the Milford Track with one […]

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The Changing Economics Of Solar PV

Here’s a post on another blog today that is VERY interesting. Rather than comment, I’ll let you read it yourself! It starts… “Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has just released anexcellent paper illustrating how the economics of Solar PV have dramatically changed since 2008. The paper’s authors are drawn from a diverse group including BNEF, the […]

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Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

What The Heck Is OTEC- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion? Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion- OTEC– is another of those wonderful potential sources of renewable energy that never seem to get a run in the mainstream media. We may or may not be past Peak Oil, we’re not past Peak Gas, and we’re a long, long way […]

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Sustainable Home Retrofitting For Renters

Free Sustainable Living Booklet For Tenants. People who own their own homes can undertake a wide range of upgrades and retrofits to increase their water and energy efficiency. People who rent properties may only be there for  year or two, and aren’t going to be installing a solar hot water system, solar panels, heating and […]

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