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Policy uncertainty drives renewable energy investors overseas

Australia is missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy markets as investors are driven offshore by the policy uncertainty of the Abbott government.

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As fossil fuels rule with an iron fist, renewables flapping in the wind

Wind farms have been shown to have no ill health effects, but that won’t stop the anti-renewables lobby from repeating the furphy that they are bad for your health. All in all, it’s a bad time to be in the business of clean energy.

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Essential: voters back RET, not so happy about Qantas

Voters back the current Renewable Energy Target, today’s Essential Report shows, while they rate the government poorly across most issues.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: doom, gloom and stupidity edition

It turns out that those on the Left side of politics are smarter than those on the Right … plenty of people claim to have god on their side … climate change could end us all in 20 years …

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What Dick might do: the seven disasters that could befall the RET

Cancelling the Renewable Energy Target altogether, scrapping remaining solar credits, capping wind — all are at stake in the federal government’s review that has the energy sector nervous.

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Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

The renewable energy sector has talked tough on the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, but in reality the industry is in very deep trouble. Dick Warburton seems certain to scale it back.

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The tough life of Australian companies under the carbon price

Australian companies are doing very nicely, thank you, despite the apparent burden of a carbon price. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer find that the alarmism surrounding the carbon tax is rubbish.

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As AGL digs into coal, has renewable energy lost a friend?

Now that AGL proposes to further increase its leverage to fossil fuels and become the largest coal-fired generator in the country, exactly how supportive of renewable energy will it be?

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David and Goliath battle over solar: why they want you on the grid

Australian households are flocking to solar, screwing up the business models of the nation’s state-owned electricity generators. Politicians have yet to come to grips with the situation.

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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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Tony Abbott’s half-baked war on renewable energy

The Abbott government seems to hate renewable energy, but the march of progress is unstoppable at this point. The only question is, when will the government get out of the way?

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Why Abbott has got it all wrong on green energy

Tony Abbott is hinting he’ll wind back a program to support renewable energy because that energy is forcing up power prices. Read this, Tony; you’ve got your sums wrong.

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Coalition cuts to existing programs will hurt ‘direct action’

Even where the Coalition has not explicitly sought to scare away financiers, the ambiguity of its policy position is leading to an investment strike. It’s the great contradiction in its policy.

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Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change

Tony Abbott’s latest Coalition policy statement remains short on climate policy detail. More worrying is his selection of a noted anti-wind farm advocate and climate change sceptic as lead business adviser.

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Timber looks to bailouts, concessions to ward off undertakers

What’s the timber industry quietly seeking from government behind closed doors? What happens in these discussions will shape the debate for at least a decade, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss.

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Renewable energy hit by an irrelevant debate

Should the renewable energy target be reduced? Origin Energy is calling it for it to be a “real” 20% share of the market, but just how does one classify “real”?

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Coal rebuffed: review sticks with status quo on RET

A broad-based attack on renewable energy subsidies has failed, as the government’s Climate Change Authority defiantly sticks with the status quo on the renewable energy target.

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How heavy industry actually profits from the RET

The government’s sweetener offsets to ease the pain the renewable energy target for energy-intensive industries may actually overshoot the predicted rise in electricity costs.

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Why power generators suddenly care about consumers

The dominant incumbent power generators (with the exception of AGL) are all gunning for the Renewable Energy Target to be slashed.

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How crippling the RET could cost you

Slashing the RET could actually increase overall costs to consumers. And it appears TRUenergy — which is now pushing for RET dilution — agreed just a few months ago.

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Time to untangle the web of renewable energy policies

The RET was intended to let the market choose the cheapest way to generate renewable energy. But it all got very complicated, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss.

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What nobody wants to say about the carbon tax package

The government’s carbon tax package contains a surprising number of contradictory mechanisms and objectives which will need to be streamlined and reconciled. Richard Denniss and Andrew Macintosh explain.

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Renewable energy targets: 10 years on, will we ever hit them?

Here’s a question: when do you expect Australia will be able to produce 25% of its electricity needs from clean energy sources. By 2020? 2030? 2050? The numbers crunch numerous ways, says Giles Parkinson.

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You have consensus PM, you just need the political will

Julia Gillard has been well warned of the perils of ignoring climate change. So after years of overwhelming public support for action on climate change, it is odd for her to be speaking of the need to “build consensus”. All she really needs is the political will.

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Turnbull underlings wrecking the Libs

Last night Malcolm Turnbull should have flown back to Sydney, gone home and had a few stiff drinks. It has been a hell of a week for him. And this time, it wasn’t of his own making.

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