Renewable energy

Craig Chambers -AECOM

Craig Chambers is Market Sector Director – Power Generation at AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services. In Australia and New Zealand a 3000-strong team of engineers, designers and planners work together to find smarter and more-efficient solutions to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Craig is an energy storage expert and joins Beyond Zero's Anthony And Matt to talk about the storage applications for renewable energy. 

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Craig recently presented at the first Australian Energy Storage Conference on:

Enlivening energy storage in Australia – technology status, drivers and economics

and at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute event:

Energy Storage – What Scale? What Cost? What Impact

Community Wind and Solar

In today's Community Show Podcast (broadcast on Mon 14 April 2014), we feature an edited version of an event at the annual 2014 Sustainable Living Festival.

The Community Owned Energy Movement - Community wind and solar

Members of the Coalition for Community Energy will discuss the current nationwide community energy movement - what is happening in regards to community solar, community wind and current technological and policy barriers.

The panel will include: Taryn Lane from Hepburn Wind and Embark, Manny Pasqualini from the Community Power Agency and Craig Memery from the Alternative Technology Association and will be hosted by Leigh Ewbank from Yes2Renewables.

Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, The Melbourne Energy Institute

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor at The Melbourne Energy Institute.

Today's discussion focuses upon pumped hydro energy storage.  This technology exists in Australia at three locations built several decades ago, however other countries are leading a renaissance of pumped hydro energy storage.  The deployment of pumped hydro exceeds that of any other energy storage in use today by a ratio of at least twenty to one.  This is because pumped hydro remains the cheapest form of large scale energy storage.  Recent research released by The Melbourne Energy Institute and Arup explains pumped hydro can benefit electricity consumers by dampening price spikes during peak demand periods however this would not benefit profit maximising electricity producers who currently profit from this market failure.

Solar Everywhere Recap with Dr Muriel Watt

Beyond Zero's Anthony & Matt are joined by solar expert and chair of the Australian PV Institute (APVI), Dr Muriel Watt, for the Solar Everywhere Recap show.

In our regular recap shows, we find a common thread in our previous interviews, play excerpts and weave a story in between.
Today's theme is Solar Everywhere. The incredible decline in the price of solar PV has made it an early favourite for the title of "Energy source of the 21st Century". Its success is not only taking energy generation to places it has never been, it is challenging the very nature of energy generation and distribution.
Today we are going to be exploring all the places where solar panels can now be found, and the innovative policy, marketing and finance models that are getting them there. Many of mechanisms we will discuss relate not just to solar PV, but that’s where we will keep our focus today

We recap interviews with Danny Kennedy, Glen Morris, Oliver Yates, Craig Morris and Mark Rayner.

Giles Parkinson and Ben Pearson on gas

BZE is publishing the Zero Carbon Australia Land Use Plan next year on the way land management can reduce emissions. We are replaying this interview with Soil microbiologist Walter Jehne from the Climate summit.
The other guests show what community campaigns there are against energy companies which flirt with gas. Giles Parkinson is the editor of Renew Economy and Ben Pearson is a Greenpeace Campaign manager. Don't be fooled by the advertising about  gas emitting half the CO2 of coal. It emits methane.It's a fossil fuel and we must leave it in the ground and press forward with renewables.

Giles ParkinsonBen Pearson

Peter Lynch, micro-hydro expert from Pelena Energy

Engineer Peter Lynch is Managing Director of Pelena Energy based in Dorrigo NSW and providing sustainable renewable energy products and integrated services in remote areas, including in the South Pacific.

Lady Elliot Barrier Reef Eco Island

Join Beyond Zero's Vivien on the Eco Island Mystery tour:

In the winter we went up to the Barrier Reef. I’d heard so much about how we are killing this fragile ecosystem that I felt I needed to see it before it was gone.

It’s a tiny eco-tourism island where they are doing everything they can to give people an experience of the reef. It’s a hot spot for studying manta rays and people flock here from all over the world to  see the reef in its pristine state. Can you guess its name? It’s just off Hervey Bay.

Vote Climate


Another election edition featuring interviews with Michael Pulsford, Melbourne Divestment Coordinator at, Jane Morton from Vote Climate, and Basil Byrne from Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN).

Mike Pulsford was one of the organisers for the Australian leg of Bill McKibben's 'Do the Maths' tour earlier this year, and is working to on the campaign. Jane and Vote Climate is a communication network linking community groups working on solutions to the climate crisis. Our network includes local climate action groups, groups opposing new coal and gas developments, groups protecting forests, and groups working for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. Then Basil tells us about ASEN, the network of student environment groups from around Australia committed to building grassroots movements for change.

CEFC gone under a coalition government!


This edition is called "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" and first aired in late August 2013. With the federal election day (on 7 September) looming, renewable energy investment has slowed due to the uncertainty surrounding, firstly the Renewable Energy Target (RET) review conducted over an 18 month period, the current election campaign and then the policy changes that a possible change to a coalition government will bring.  

We feature interviews with:

John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, an independent research organisation established in 2005, focused solely on the issue of climate change. Working across sectors and disciplines with a positive and pragmatic approach, The Climate Institute draws attention to critical issues and fosters the understanding and support necessary for the transition to a zero-carbon Australia.

Election Edition


Welcome to Beyond Zero's Election Edition, where Vivien Langford talks to the three major political parties about their policies on climate change.

Greg Hunt, Liberal MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change Action, Environment and Heritage

Yvette D'Ath, Labour MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and

Christine Milne, Greens senator, leader of the Australian Greens.

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