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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

The NBA’s Phoenix Suns were recently valued at more than US$2 billion by Sportico and US$1.8 billion by Forbes.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and Steve Jobss widow Laurene Powell Jobs have been named as parties interested in acquiring the Phoenix franchises after majority owner...

The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and practice tops from the start of the 2022/23 season

The NHLs Boston Bruins have secured their first multi-year jersey patch partnership deal with cybersecurity firm Rapid7. The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and...

The adhesive is biodegradable and compostable because it has been created with a high percentage of renewable, non-fossil-sourced components

AM Labels has added sugar cane and grass-based paper labels to its portfolio to meet consumer demand for environmentally-friendly labeling solutions. The new sugar cane paper labels are composed of 95 percent sugar cane...

With its acquisition of Stone Brewing, which operates on both the US Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Sapporo has secured US production bases that can help reduce logistics costs.

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. gained a couple of bases to expand in the US following its $168 million acquisition of California-based craft beer producer Stone Brewing Co. Sapporos subsidiary, Sapporo U.S.A. Inc., bought Stone...

The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual department stores and amusement parks as they spend more time online.

South Koreas retail giants, Shinsegae and Lotte have ignited their competition in the virtual world, which is emerging as new a future growth engine. The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual...

Politics

The Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol by 69-27.

The United States Senate this week ratified an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would phase out the use of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The chamber ratified the Kigali Amendment that would end...

Truss reportedly informed Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid about her review of relocating the British embassy to the contested city.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is reportedly considering moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Truss apparently told Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the "acts of chaos" in the demonstrations are unacceptable.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Irans Morality Police has sparked widespread unrest in the country, which has escalated into violence. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned against the violence as...

UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Tom Andrews warned countries not to take any measures that would legitimize the junta's planned elections.

Myanmar has been in a state of unrest since February last year, when the generals seized power in a coup and ousted the countrys elected government. With the junta planning elections that would take place next year, a...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

CD Projekt Red celebrates ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ for having 1 million daily visitors in the last week

CD Projekt Red revealed that at least one million players have opened Cyberpunk 2077 in the past week. Online charts show that the daily numbers of concurrent players are also climbing up, especially after the release of...

Microsoft’s 2022 Surface event is happening on October 12

Fall is typically the season when the biggest tech companies unveil new flagship products every year. And Microsoft just confirmed that it would once again host a Surface event next month, where it is expected to unveil...

Twitch rejects calls for a 70/30 revenue split and announces it will standardize 50/50 share from subscriptions

Twitch announced upcoming changes to its policy on revenue share from subscriptions. The update, which will be implemented next year, will primarily affect streamers who are under a premium agreement with the...

Pixel 7 leak suggests Google is not planning to increase prices this year

Googles Pixel launch event is happening in a few weeks, but details about the Pixel 7 series pricing may have already leaked. And the company may not be planning to implement price increases for its new flagship phones...
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