SEN promotes practical, affordable strategies for a sustainable global future by the adoption of renewable energy. SEN is a dynamic and independent WA association.
There is no SEN Presents in February. We recommend attending one of these instead:
RenewWA Forum : Climate change + renewables in WA
Thursday 9 February at 6.30pm – 8.15pm at Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley
This event is hosted by RenewWA and sponsored by Sustainable Energy Now (SEN). A renewable energy presentation will be by Michael Lord, Director of Research at Beyond Zero Emissions outlining the economic opportunities for WA in transitioning to a zero-carbon future. This will be followed by a panel discussion. Please join us to hear from our eminent speakers, and political candidates to help you decide where to place your vote in the upcoming State Election on 11 March.
Transition towards 100% renewable energy
Listen to local and international experts and network with international visitors at this special FREE presentation followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday, 5 February 2017 at 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle
Speakers include the Director General of World Renewable Energy Network, the President of International Solar Energy Society USA, the Emerging Technology & Innovations Manager at Western Power, and our own Hamish Jolly from Biogass Renewables, Profession Ray Wills from FutureSmart and Professor Peter Newman from Curtin University.
Refreshments provided. No RSVP required.
This event is a FREE event supported by Fremantle City Council as part of the World Renewable Energy Congress XVI Conference, Murdoch University 5-9 February.
World Renewable Energy Conference (WREC)
Don’t miss out on this fabulous international conference opportunity right here in Perth! From 5 – 9 February at Murdoch University, the conference will host local and international speakers, site visits, technical tours and includes a detailed technical programme. There is a cost involved, but what a marvelous opportunity to meet policy leaders, great thinkers and successful scientists and international project developers to share your ideas with! For more information click here.
Hot off the press!
The Conservation Council of WA has just released the CCWA Environment Groups Policy Priorities for the 2017 Election. Check it out here.
SEN's response to the sale of Western Power
The Barnett government’s overly ambitious proposal to sell 51% of Western Power by a stock-market float for a reported $11bn, needs to be examined in the context of the future direction of the WA electricity network and the benefit that such a sale would offer consumers.
Given the uptake of rooftop solar on the network by consumers, the introduction of renewable energy as well as battery storage, smart grid technology and the attendant need for changes to tariff structures, significant changes and uncertainties can be expected for the electricity network as a whole.
All of the needed policy adaptations, regulatory updates and changes required to accommodate the coming disruptive technological advances will only benefit consumers if the settings for such are flexible. Flexibility and uncertainty however are exactly what investors do not want in an electricity network.
Unless pre-arranged terms and conditions are implemented (which may well be adverse to the needed changes), the price for Western Power will not be attractive.
Sustainable Energy Now (SEN) is a WA non-profit organisation of engineers, scientists and IT specialists has developed sophisticated software modeling tools which have demonstrated the possible transition to 85% renewable energy for the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) by 2030 at parity costing with a business as usual fossil fueled case.
The costings include backup balancing power with fast response gas turbines such that energy security is always maintained even in lull periods of low wind or solar resources.
The sale of Western Power being promoted by the present government will therefore doubtfully offer any benefits to the state by any measure. Power is best left in state control in order that our energy future, sustainability and security are maintained.
The full RE report by SEN is now published
This is the final or full report of the modelling study into renewable energy for the SWIS grid of WA. A very thorough yet readable report. One finding was that going renewable costs no more than coal-gas. Read more or download from this page. This is a significant achievement by the SEN team and a great plan for our future.
World Renewable Energy Conference coming to Murdoch Uni, Feb 2017!
Registrations now open!
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