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Costa Rica runs 100% renewable for 113 days in a row

TreeHugger, 23 August 2016
Costa Rica just ran its electricity grid for 113 days in a row entirely on renewable energy. Using a mix of wind, solar and its abundant supply of geothermal energy (a nice boon for anyone wanting to have dispatchable renewables!), this small nation is proving that fossil fuels are no longer necessary to keep the lights on.
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Netherlands on brink of banning sale of petrol-fuelled cars

The Independent, 19 August 2016
Europe appears poised to continue its move towards cutting fossil fuel use as the Netherlands joins a host of nations looking to pass innovative green energy laws. The Dutch government has set a date for parliament to host a roundtable discussion that could see the sale of petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars banned by 2025.

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The price of oil – why it rose, why it fell, and what it will mean for LNG- 26 Aug

The price of oil – why it rose, why it fell, and what it will mean for Australian LNG

Dr Roberto F. Aguilera
Adjunct Research Fellow
The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
Curtin University
Date: Friday, 26 Aug 2016

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, with refreshments to follow

Venue: Executive Briefing Centre (EBC)
Bldg 100, Level 2, Curtin Bentley Campus

Online: Click here to register-
Phone: 9266 2807

Perth- 12 October 2016- International Cycling Workshop

On Wednesday 12th October, the Department of Transport and the Urbanet Research Network at Curtin University are hosting an International Cycling Workshop. Led by Dr Marco te Brommelstroet, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam, the workshop will look firstly at cycling infrastructure and practice in The Netherlands and then at how Dutch design ideas could be applied to Perth. It promises to be a fascinating and insightful day.

Wednesday 12 October 2016
Registration from 8:15am, 8:45am start – Close 5:30pm

Perth Town Hall, Corner of Barrack Street and Hay Street, Perth
RSVP/Queries: Sam McLeod, Urbanet, Curtin University

The event is free to attend with refreshments and a light lunch provided. Please indicate any special dietary requirements. We hope to see you there.

Honk if you’re an 8THEIST: how forbidden vanity plates vary by US state

The Guardian, 16 August 2016
After a two-year long legal dispute, a woman has won the right to display a vanity license plate that reads 8THEIST. The case was settled in federal court last week and means that New Jersey will now also allow license plates such as GODLESS, HEATHEN and BLASFMR. In 2014, the Motor Vehicle Commission of New Jersey wrote to Shannon Morgan to say that her request for the plate 8THEIST “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency”. After receiving the message, Morgan tested the state’s policies and was successful in applying for a plate using the phrase BAPTIST. She then filed a lawsuit claiming that her first amendment rights had been violated.

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Modelling for major road projects is at odds with driver behaviour

The Conversation, 15 August 2016
Transport modelling for major road projects like Sydney’s WestConnex and Melbourne’s Western Distributor is at odds with what is known about motorists’ behaviour. A big part of the benefits claimed for new major roads in Australian cities is travel time savings. Evidence shows, however, that instead of saving travel time, these roads encourage us to travel further and often increase car dependency.

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Rail: under or over?

The Urbanist, Crikey, 10 August 2016
Removing level crossings by elevating rail over road has advantages but in cases like this one it’s less compelling; and not helped by questionable public consultation.
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Smart cities: does this mean more transport disruptions?

The Conversation, 9 August 2016
A plethora of new and personalised ways of getting around cities are emerging – electric bikes, motorised scooters, electric vehicles, car sharing and re-interpretations of the taxi by Uber. How might we realise the potential of these transport disruptions? How does the combination of culture, regulation and technology shape sustainable transport futures? The extent to which technologies align with social, political and policy norms is a critical factor in their uptake and success.
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AGL invests in world’s largest battery storage virtual power plant

Renew Economy, 5 August 2016
AGL Energy has announced plans to develop what it describes as “the world’s largest battery storage ‘virtual power plant’” in South Australia, in a foretaste of what many expect to be the energy system of the future. The project will comprise a centrally controlled network of 1,000 residential and business battery storage systems with a combined total of 7MWh capacity that will both store rooftop solar power and help manage grid stability in the state.
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France gets a step closer to solar roads

Renew Economy, 4 August 2016
French energy minister Ségolène Royal has inaugurated a manufacturing plant that will produce the so-called “Wattway” paving, made of solar PV. One of its pilot projects will be a 1 kilometer solar road, built in the same region as where the plant is located.
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