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David Blowers

David Blowers

David has extensive experience developing both energy and broader public policy in both Australia and the UK. He has spent the past three years working on energy and earth resources policy for the Victorian State Government, where he recently led the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.

David has a Bachelor degree in Economics (Hons) from the University of Hull and a Masters degree in Economics of the European Union from the University of Exeter.

A high price for policy failure: the ten-year story of spiralling electricity bills

Jan 02, 2018 05:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Politicians are told never to waste a good crisis. Australias electricity sector is in crisis, or something close to it. The nations first-ever statewide blackout, in South Australia in September 2016, was followed by...

Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

Sep 11, 2017 08:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last weeks announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power...

Climate Change Series

Emissions trading for electricity is the sensible way forward

Dec 09, 2016 03:47 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The preliminary report from the Finkel Review of electricity market security will be presented to COAG today. Leaked versions indicate that the report notes the urgent need for long-term policy certainty on climate change...

Climate Change Series

One day we won't need a Renewable Energy Target, because we'll have good climate policy

Apr 14, 2016 00:55 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Australias Renewable Energy Target (RET) has had a rough time in recent years. After a 2014 government review recommended it be abolished, both major parties eventually agreed to downsize the RET in 2015. But even with...

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Economy

Renault, Nissan agree on equal cross-shareholdings

Nissan and Renault have made their mutual cross-shareholdings equal at 15%, ironing out a source of friction in their alliance. The Renault Group will transfer shares equivalent to 28.4 percent of the 43.4 percent stake...

Japan prioritizing review of Alzheimer’s drug developed by Eisai, Biogen

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has granted priority review status to the Alzheimers disease drug, lecanemab, of Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co Ltd and U.S. biotech firm Biogen Inc. Once the priority...

McDonald’s tests robot-manned restaurant in US

McDonalds has opened its first restaurant almost without employees in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A video of this restaurant posted on Twitter shows that once a customer walks in, theres no one...

SPC Group's Paris Baguette inaugurates its 100th store in the US

Paris Baguette, the bakery franchise owned by South Koreas SPC Group, opened its 100th store location in the United States recently. The inauguration marks the bakery chains effort to accelerate its business...

Samsung Electronics unveils its largest experience store in India

Samsung Electronics Co. announces the opening of its experience store in North India. The South Korean company said that it is located at the most iconic landmark in New Delhi, which is Connaught Place. Samsung...

Politics

US: Biden administration to propose Obamacare expansion to cover birth control

The Biden administration this week proposed a new provision to the Affordable Care Act that would expand coverage to access birth control. The provision would be for women whose employers have opted out of contraceptive...

UK PM Sunak says acted 'decisively' in dismissing Conservative party chair Zahawi over tax case

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said his dismissal of Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi was done decisively following the findings of the ethics probe over Zahawis tax affairs. Sunaks comments are part of efforts...

East China Sea: China coast guard drives away Japanese vessels off disputed islets

The Chinese coast guard said it has driven away Japanese vessels that were transiting through disputed islets in the East China Sea. The incident marks another flare in tensions between China and Japan over the...

Russia-Ukraine war: Zelenskyy visits Mykolaiv, meets with Danish PM Frederiksen

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the southern territory of Mykolaiv this week to meet with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The meeting marks a rare instance a foreign leader visited an area close to...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop urine test that diagnoses cancer

A South Korean research team has developed a strip-type urine test that successfully diagnoses prostate and pancreatic cancer on-site by amplifying the optical signal of the metabolome in urine. The joint research team...

S. Korea to invest ₩275 billion in biopharma R&D projects

South Korea will invest 274.6 billion won in the bio-industry this year for 252 new RD projects in the four fields of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomaterials, and medical equipment in 2023. According to South...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Our Solar System is filled with asteroids that are particularly hard to destroy, new study finds

A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth? Well,...

Eisai, Biogen apply for Alzheimer's drug approval in Japan

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. hope to gain approval with the Japanese health ministry by the end of the year of an Alzheimers drug that could both treat the cause and slow symptom progression. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Technology

Osaka University designs anti-insect laser gun that could work on roaches too

A research team at Osaka Universitys Institute of Laser Engineering has created a blue laser diode gun that could target and lock on to insects weak spots before firing a precision beam. Led by Professors Hiroshi Fuji...

Intel loses $8 billion in market value after revealing dim forecast

Intel Corp saw about $8 billion wiped off its market value after it fanned fears in the personal computer market by predicting a loss for the first quarter and giving a revenue forecast of $3 billion below...

SK Telecom steps into AI coffee robot biz

SK Telecom is launching an unmanned coffee robot service dubbed AI Barista Robot in collaboration with Doosan Robotics Co. The robot can make about 20 different types of coffee and drinks and offers coffee that...

LG Innotek's net up 10.3% in 2022 on auto components demand

LG Innotek Co. posted a net income of 979.8 billion won in 2022, up 10 percent on-year, due to robust sales of high-value products and growing demand from automotive components. The company, an affiliate of LG group and...

Apple to operate own store in Malaysia

Apple has started hiring staff for its Malaysian retail business is preparing to open its first company-owned flagship in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The company has posted job advertisements on its website for store...
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