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Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Two small Australian towns want to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts looks at some overseas examples and finds 100% renewable is nice, but not always 100% reliable.

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Business: Green firms the big losers as miners keep their cheap fuel

For a budget that was supposed to spread the pain around, big business appears to have got off exceptionally lightly.

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Will Abbott appoint an IPA man to a renewables review?

Talk in Canberra is the government is poised to appoint a leading anti-wind and anti-solar campaigner from the IPA to a new panel to review the renewable energy target. It spells disaster for the sector.

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Clean energy providers bypassing the big power retailers

Pacific Hydro’s wind farm will be financed without a big power retailer involved. Is this the future or just a last hurrah for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation?

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Is Germany now done with renewable energy?

Two German politicians are keen to rein in feed-in tariff support for renewable energy in Germany. But that doesn’t mean the European powerhouse is done with clean energy altogether.

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Generators gamed in the power price fight

Incumbent power suppliers have so much at stake with electricity regulation they can buy more and better muscle to define the house rules. They tend to ultimately prevail.

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Australia risks missing out on green energy investment

Australia has already been bypassed once by the world’s leading renewable energy developers, and risks doing so again if it makes more changes to its green energy policies, writes Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy.

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Australia’s sliding carbon competitiveness

In an otherwise gloomy year for the global economy, last year saw another record in clean energy investments, writes John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute.

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Oz to push for more ambitious emissions targets on international stage

Australia is using the anticipated passage of its carbon pricing scheme to make a renewed push for more ambitious targets on the international stage, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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Taking the wind out of Ted Baillieu’s clean energy credentials

Recently a series of reforms passed by the Baillieu government seriously diminished Victoria’s capacity to protect its natural environmental and respond to the transitional challenge of cleaner energy production, writes Tom Dreyfus.

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Ghosts of climate policy past haunt our Clean Energy Future

It’s an old refrain, but the closer we get to the Clean Energy Future legislation ducking and weaving its way through parliament, the more we are reminded of the ghosts of the current proposal’s stepmother, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, writes Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator.

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A win for anti-wind farm campaigners in Victoria

The Victorian government has introduced new policies on wind farms, including the ability for households to veto wind turbines located within two kilometres of their homes, reports Larvatus Prodeo.

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Fear and greed … the real energy challenge

It’s curious to see how left-wing and right-wing politics have fallen on either side of the clean tech divide, particularly in the US and Australia, writes Giles Parkinson.

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Carbon tax just the first real battle in a very long war

Fergus Green, of Inside Story, unpacks the carbon pricing package to discover, at its core, a tension between fundamentally different visions for the future of Australia’s economy and environment.

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The wind in the science culture war sails

The science culture war started by tobacco, nuclear and fossil fuel industries took a curious twist this week, with the release of a Senate report into so-called ‘turbine sickness’, writes Dan Cass.

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Budget breakdown: the holding pattern on clean-tech investment

In the first of a series of post-budget reports, Fiona Armstrong and Laura Eadie from the Centre for Policy Development explore options to encourage innovation and roll out less mature renewable energy technologies.

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Start Up Smart | ECONOMY|

Where’s the green boom?

Most investment experts claim that the clean energy sector will boom, but so far most investors remain fearful of putting their money in an industry where government regularly adjusts legislation and the future is uncertain.

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Climate policies slashed to pay for a natural disaster

Gillard’s obsession with producing a surplus in 2012/13 is one thing, but the symbolism of slashing $675 million from climate change policies to pay for a natural disaster in the hope that it is a “one-off” is quite another, writes Climate Spectator’s Giles Parkinson.

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Australia’s renewable roadblocks: Clean Energy Council reports

The clean energy industry in Australia enjoyed one of its most successful years in 2010, but it’s not entirely clear that it has that much to celebrate, writes Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator.

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Republican-slide stifles clean energy plan

US President Barack Obama’s plans for climate reform look dead and buried by the widespread Republican victories in the nation’s midterm elections. But at least there’s California, writes Climate Spectator’s Giles Parkinson.

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Energy task force delivers Australia a power jolt

If the task force recommendations are adopted, it seems certain that Australian business and households are in for something of a culture shock when it comes to energy consumption, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Prectator.

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Clean energy moves ahead amid climate policy carnage

Passage of the enhanced 20% renewable energy target is one hard fought victory for climate change policy amongst the wreckage littering the corridors of parliament house in Canberra, says Rob Grant.

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“Shit for fuel” turns British Airways green

Although cynics said it would never work, British Airways has signed up for a revolutionary biomass-for-jet-fuel process which will power part of its fleet from 2014, reports Ben Sandilands.

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New York Times | ENVIRONMENT|

China is the world leader on clean energy

Say what you will about its pollution problems, China is now blitzing the rest of the world on clean energy technology, becoming the largest manufacturer of wind turbines and solar panels in the world.

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Power & Energy | ENVIRONMENT|

Samso: the self-sufficient island

The small Danish island of Samso is one of the first industralised places on Earth to become totally energy self-sufficient, powered by wind turbines, solar and straw-fired plants.

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