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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Martin Green at #8

Australian solar pioneer Martin Green is the man behind the solar entrepreneurs of the world. His early research and 40-year teaching career has driven a generation of solar development and commercialisation. But he keeps his head down when it comes to the politics of climate policy.

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‘Game changer’: renewables now cheaper than coal, gas

New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance concludes that renewables are already cheaper than new-build coal and gas in Australia. And gas may not even be needed.

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Carbon capture technology: climate superhero or rort?

There’s a reason fossil fuel giants — and some environmental groups — just love carbon capture technology. But is it really the answer to climate change?

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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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Is Ferguson in a parallel universe or just the real world?

The present path is that China and India will be gobbling up all the growth in coal, and nearly all the growth in oil. Will we fight to combat climate change or make stacks of cash selling coal to Asia?

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The rise of the solar voter — they’re not where you think

Analysis shows where Australia’s solar panels are — and it’s not in the inner-city latte set. Some politicians may need to rethink their view on support for solar.

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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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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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