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About EmpowerRepower

I’m a teacher, former teacher-librarian, ex-volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and mother-of-three living on the Sunshine Coast. I’m concerned about climate change, and feel that the necessary changes to prevent the worst outcomes will rely on action from all sectors of our economy. I’ll be trying to share, promote and encourage that action by finding positive examples in our local community.

ZBee EV coming to Sunshine Coast

I’m organising another electric vehicle display for the 2017 World Environment Day Festival on June 4th at Maroochydore.  An amazing three-wheeled electric vehicle is going to be on display, the ZBee from Sweden.  They will be launched in Brisbane onto the … Continue reading

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Prius V vs Outlander PHEV: test drive of a hybrid vs a plug-in hybrid

With my new job starting soon, I’ll have a 108 km round trip to work, rather than the 45 km I’ve done previously.  I’ve come to the sad realisation that my Nissan Leaf doesn’t have the range to make it … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicle Report Launch

  Climate change/renewable energy think tank Beyond Zero Emissions chose the University of Queensland to launch their Electric Vehicle Report, which lays out how Australia can change most cars and all buses to being electric over the next 10 years. … Continue reading

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Three Teslas and a Leaf

“How far does it go on a charge?  How do you charge it?  How much does it cost to buy?”  These are the most common questions we get asked about electric cars when we put them on display.  Last Sunday, … Continue reading

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Testing the Tesla Model S P90D Electric Car

As a birthday surprise, my family arranged a Model S test drive. Saturday was the day.  I’ve seen Tesla cars several time now, talked to their owners, and even sat in one, but having the experience of driving one was … Continue reading

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Tesla Model S at Maleny

On Sunday March 6th, the Qld Tesla club met at Maleny.  We drove our Nissan Leaf up the range to take some photos and say hello to some Model S owners we have met over the last year. There were … Continue reading

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Solar Supercharge: Part 1, electric car display

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As part of the Solar Supercharge conference in Brisbane on Feb 13th-15th, there was an electric car display.  I met some more electric car drivers, including Les (Lesmando from the OzLeaf list), and Mark Talloen, who has written about driving his … Continue reading

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A thoughtfully designed eco-house at Noosaville

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What features make a house an eco-house?  Joe and Karen opened their three-year-old home at Noosaville as part of Sustainable House Day, and it was visited by 550 people, alongside the electric car display that we took part in.  As well as … Continue reading

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A very special electric car: Tesla Roadster visits Noosaville

Late in the afternoon, another electric car showed up at the Noosaville EV display.  It was a Tesla Roadster sports car, bright blue.  It belongs to a local solar business owner and his wife.  They refer to it as a … Continue reading

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Cars, glorious cars… all of them electric ♩ ♫ ♩ ♩

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What a great day, getting to talk to members of the public about one of my favourite subjects, electric cars!  It is always a treat to meet other EV drivers, as they are still a rare breed.  There was a … Continue reading

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Electric Cars at Sustainable House Day, Noosaville, Sept 13th

Each year, this event lets people open up their houses to show how they have built or modified their homes to make them more environmentally friendly.  It is a great way to share good ideas.  People take a wide range … Continue reading

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Climate Shock: the economic consequences of a hotter planet – book review

Written by Gernot Wagner and Martin L Weitzman “If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you’d take necessary precautions.  If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you’d re-evaluate … Continue reading

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Electric car display at WED Festival, Sunshine Coast

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On Sunday 7th June, the electric car display which I’d organised all came together.  With seven cars on display, the most varied display of factory-made* electric cars to take place in Queensland, there was great interest.  We had hundreds of people come … Continue reading

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EnergyCut – John Dee

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see John Dee speak at the CleanTech Connect event on the Sunshine Coast.  He has achieved several very practical environmental improvements in Australia.  For example, he initiated the three-year phasing out of energy-hogging incandescent … Continue reading

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Taking the Electric Car Plunge – 6 Weeks Driving Nissan Leaf EV

We took the plunge six weeks ago, and bought a Nissan Leaf electric car.  In brief: super quiet races up hills much more easily than a petrol car zippy acceleration many fancy tech features – still learning how to use … Continue reading

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Electric car dreams: test driving the BMW i3

We went for a test drive in Brisbane on Saturday, and came away totally dazzled – by the BMW dealership (great coffee, valet parking), the sales service (knowledgeable, enthusiastic, but not pushy), and mostly the car, just wow.   It looks … Continue reading

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Electric Cars: Checking out the Nissan Leaf

Yesterday our family went for a test drive, going to Brisbane to visit one of the select Nissan dealers who offer the car.  Their Leaf test drive car had only arrived the afternoon before, and the seats and accessories were … Continue reading

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Electric Cars: a practical choice in Australia?

 I’ve become quite intrigued by the new generation of electric cars that have appeared over the last few years, and although only a small number have been sold in Australia, internationally they are becoming more popular.  During late 2014, two … Continue reading

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The Energy of Nations: Risk blindness & the road to renaissance

Jeremy Leggett gives an insider’s perspective into the worlds of big energy, international finance, and climate change negotiations.  With a background that started with working for the oil and gas industry, he went on to Greenpeace and then became a founder of solar company SolarCentury … Continue reading

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Can strata-title apartment buildings go green?

While lots of homes and commercial premises around the Sunshine Coast and Australia are going solar and becoming more energy and water efficient, strata title apartment buildings can be forgotten. Yet apartment buildings are notorious energy guzzlers. On average, residents … Continue reading

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