Sunday, 23 April 2017

024 - The death of coal in the UK will be in 2021

A few days ago, the UK just went it's first 24-hour period without burning coal since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

The UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently publish projections of greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand, from 2016 to 2035. Annex J of their report shows the precise moment they except to switch off their coal supplies. It'll be a historic moment.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

023 - DC's superhero films are critical failures. Marvel's films are not

Comparing Marvel's superhero franchise to DC's newer attempt to emulate the same shows how terrible DC's films are. Source - Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

022 - Fukushima eroded trust in nuclear power

Using the same study as yesterday's chart of the day (021), the chart below shows how trust in nuclear, and the authorities regulating it, eroded after Fukushima.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

021 - Fukushima impacted Australian views on nuclear and renewables

This study, published in 2014, highlights some changes attitudes in Australia - measuring views on nuclear and other energy types before and after.

Their findings include the data below - fewer people accept the construction of nuclear power stations, even if it helps with climate change, along with a slight increase in the number of people who want renewables to be the primary method for tackling climate change.

As the authors say,
"Expanding the use of renewable energy sources (71%) remains the most popular option, followed by energy-efficient technologies (58%) and behavioural change (54%). Opposition to nuclear power will continue to be an obstacle against its future development even when posed as a viable solution to climate change"
Whether you're pro or anti nuclear, the public's attitude towards this technology is a major part of what role it'll play in the future, in Australia. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

020 - Public support for SA's energy plan is surprisingly apolitical

South Australia's energy plan announced recently - as you might expect, it drew a flurry of coverage, criticism and support.

Most interesting to me has been the general public's response - it's a plan that's well supported by most people, regardless of who they vote for. This is quite unique in Australia energy policy, with most plans, measures and policies featuring distinct differences between parties. Not so, with this one.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

019 - SA - output by fuel type

A simple chart below showing the average monthly output of South Australia sources of electricity, in megawatts, for the decade and a half (ish) - notable for the decline of coal, upswing of wind and up and down of interconnector flows. Source - NEM-Review.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

018 - Renewable energy jobs by year, by state - interactive chart

The last chart from a series on the ABS' latest release on renewable energy jobs. The chart below is an explorer tool to dig into the data by state. Source.