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Energy admission: wind, solar to be cheapest by 2030

The Bureau of Energy Economics now says solar and wind will provide the cheapest forms of energy, shaking up the nation’s electricity grid.

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IEA says renewable energy set to boom

The IEA says renewable energy deployment to accelerate despite economic downturn. And it notes solar PV is increasingly competitive, even for miners. Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy reports.

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Old energy: the renaissance of fossil fuels under the carbon tax

The fossil fuel sector isn’t hiding from a carbon tax. In fact, it’s planning a revival. Renewable energy is undermined by coal-powered operators finding ways to reduce emissions and increase efficiency, writes Philipp Rosskopf.

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CEFC: a look at green loan programs around the world

Australia’s new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide investment and green loans to Aussie businesses, is similar in concept to policies underway in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Sydney takes first steps to leave the grid

Sydney is taking a first step towards reducing its dependence on the electricity grid and centralised energy with the official launch of a city-wide low-carbon energy network, to be built via a series of tri-generation plants installed by Origin Energy subsidiary Cogent Energy.

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Why power generators are terrified of solar

In Germany, solar PV is not just licking the cream off the profits of the fossil fuel generators — as happens in Australia with a more modest rollout of PV — it is in fact eating their entire cake, writes Giles Parkinson, of RenewEconomy.

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Parkinson: our cheap grid is letting us down: that’s not smart

Nothing epitomises the challenges of Australia’s future energy needs as the state of the National Electricity Market itself.

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Quiggin: don’t write off CSG if you’re worried about the climate

If you share the view that climate change is the most important environmental issue facing Australia and the world, you should be very cautious about advocating all-out opposition to CSG, says John Quiggin.

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Parkinson: no easy choices, but strong case for energy action

A new report from the Grattan Institute has underlined the failure of current policies to push Australia down the path of a clean energy future Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy, reports.

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Crikey says: our energy future

The door is closing…I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

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The web of vested interests behind the anti-wind farm lobby

A network analysis of links between the principal voices involved in demonising wind farms in Australia has been circulating in recent weeks and reveals connections between some of the principal wind farm opponents.

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Carbon taxes and the ghosts of politicians past

As the latest carbon price package makes its way through parliament, Fergus Green takes a trip down memory lane.

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Will Australia miss the global solar boom?

Ferguson has mostly been interested in protecting the supply of fossil fuels or export or use at home, although he has shown an increasing interest in solar of late, writes Giles Parkinson from Climate Spectator.

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Sacrebleu! The French repeal female pants ban!

The equal rights for women campaign has reached a new level in France.

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Winds of change fail to sweep up Gillard

The photo opportunity of Julia Gillard at a Crookwell wind farm did not go exactly as intended.

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Essential: voters convinced carbon pricing will hurt them

Things aren’t looking much better for Labor after its carbon pricing announcement: voters believe the scheme will be bad for them and won’t work.

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Parkinson: a green light for renewables

At a recent discussion in Sydney about the prospect of nuclear energy in this country, Martin Ferguson reflected that Australia may have no choice but to go nuclear if it was unable to find a clean energy alternative, writes Giles Parkinson.

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Parkinson: carbon chaos in Canberra

There is good reason why the government did not release the details of its carbon pricing package before the weekend.

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Parkinson: low-carbon economy not as hard as it looks

Our hung parliament presented, for the first time in living memory, an opportunity to deal with the substantive policy issues ignored in the campaign, writes Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator.

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Just do it: 14,000 voters give their say on renewables

A document that outlines 14,000 conversations about climate change from across the nation says that the majority of Australians want a stronger emphasis on renewable energy and support businesses being held responsible for their pollution, reports Amber Jamieson.

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Parkinson: are Australian utilities smart enough?

There is no shortage of new competitors keen on grabbing a share of game-changing technologies such as smart meters, smart appliances and electric vehicles, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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CCS is doomed, yet we’ve pumped millions in to it

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often seen as coal’s redeeming feature and saviour, and governments have spent millions on it. But if it’s so effective, why did the last budget cut over $600 million from CCS projects? asks 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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Renewable energy can power (nearly all of) the world

Nearly 80% of the world’s energy needs could be met by renewable energies by 2050, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), writes Amber Jamieson.

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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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