Issue 151 is our energy transition special. In our two features on the subject, Renew expert Andrew Reddaway looks at AEMO’s recent blueprint for a high-renewable electricity grid and Tim Forcey explains why a gas shortfall is predicted and why we need to talk about it. The issue also features two buyers guides: our latest efficient hot water buyers guide will give you all the information you need to buy your next heat pump or solar hot water appliance and our e-bike guide details the brands and specs in the burgeoning market. Both guides come with case studies to give you a practical perspective on the products. Plus: articles on ethical investing, Indigenous-owned energy transition, smoke in airtight homes and much more.
Renew 151 is our energy transition special, with a focus on scaling up the move to renewables. Inside you’ll find:
Special feature: scaling up the energy transition
The transition of most of Australia’s electricity supply to renewables is feasible, but has hit some headwinds. What’s happening and what can be done about it?
Goodbye to Bass Strait gas: what happens next?
As Bass Strait gas supplies dry up, by 2025 the eastern states will have a gas shortfall. Will we end up using dirtier and more expensive gas from fracking, or is this the push we need to get households off gas entirely?
Efficient hot water guide
When a hot water system fails it usually requires an urgent replacement. Use our guide to do your research into the most efficient systems out there, and be prepared when you need it.
E-bike buyers guide
Are the 2020s going to be the decade of e-bikes? Find out all about the features to look for.
Indigenous power projects
Remote Indigenous communities often rely on expensive and polluting diesel. Some indigenous entrepreneurs are starting to change that.
Keeping the smoke out
The recent bushfires led to hazardous air quality over many days in cities and towns around Australia. This experiment measured air quality in leaky vs airtight homes and suggests ways to keep inside air healthy.
What is ethical investing?
Ethical investing is booming. But there are questions about this strategy: how do we choose ethical investments, how do they perform and how effective are they in changing the world for good?
An off-grid treechange
This home is designed for low energy use and low impact on the local forest and waterways. But how to make an off-grid system work in such a shaded environment?
Nurturing your native garden
There’s lots of advice around about when and how to prune your roses, but less when it comes to native gardens—what kind of maintenance do they need? We talk to a landscaper about his approach.
EV charging on the road
Melbourne to Sydney is well within reach for the newer range of EVs and chargers. Here’s your guide to charging an EV on the road.
Driving on sunshine
Topping up their electric vehicle with ‘sunshine’ is pleasing beyond all reason, say these new EV owners.