Topic archives: clean renewable energy

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of good climate policy

April 12, 2017 8

Australian climate policy has never been perfect. But having some policy is better than none -- and we can't freeload forever, writes Green Energy Markets' Tristan Edis.

What Malcolm needs to do now on climate change

September 18, 2015 6

With a PM who believes in climate change, it's time for Australia to finally cut our carbon emissions, writes John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

Rundle: Abbott’s gutting of renewables is not just dumb, it’s treason

Rundle: Abbott’s gutting of renewables is not just dumb, it’s treason

July 20, 2015 38

Renewable energy is helping Australia make the transition from private to socialised power. And that scares the pants off Big Energy.

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

May 19, 2015

The good news is the Abbott government has finally agreed to a Renewable Energy Target. The bad news is it is nowhere near where it should be.

Xenophon’s party all flash and no smash

December 15, 2014 3

Crikey readers have their say on Warren Mundine and Nick Xenophon's plans for a national political party.

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

December 10, 2014 6

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.

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

December 2, 2014 5

Germany's largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It's high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

Nuclear: the power source for innumerates and socialists

Nuclear: the power source for innumerates and socialists

December 1, 2014 62

Nuclear power is a ludicrously uneconomic industry and now more than ever. But conservatives continue to obsess over it.

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

November 26, 2014 13

Is Queensland's electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor's argument ...

My Kitchen Rules v Media Watch

October 29, 2014 5

Crikey readers talk the real problem with Tasmanian wind farms, the haters at News Corp and why we need the ABC.

Does the Australian government commit torture?

October 2, 2014

Crikey readers have their say on the matters of the day.

How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

August 29, 2014 3

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers -- and the earth.

With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

August 18, 2014 17

Those charged with "reviewing" the Renewable Energy Target were actually told to look at killing it.

Kite flying with Dick Warburton: junk economics to push a barrow

August 15, 2014 4

The government has commissioned Dick Warburton to conduct an independent review of the Renewable Energy Target. But "independent" might be something of a stretch ...

Screw consultation, let’s just ban stuff: how to really fight climate change

Screw consultation, let’s just ban stuff: how to really fight climate change

August 11, 2014 25

We've tried giving business lobbyists and spinmeisters the chance to voice their concerns over environmental regulation. That didn't work. It's time to play hardball -- and businesses will gratefully fall in line.

A Pyrrhic victory for miners as Moylan gets suspended sentence

A Pyrrhic victory for miners as Moylan gets suspended sentence

July 28, 2014 13

Jonathan Moylan deserved the sentence he got -- do the crime, do the time. But the bigger lie is the one spread by the coal industry -- that we can continue to rely on fossil fuels.

Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

July 25, 2014 6

Fears about the impact of the RET on households have proved to be a furphy.

Hunt pins hopes on uncompetitive clean coal technology

Hunt pins hopes on uncompetitive clean coal technology

July 21, 2014 27

Analysis of cost forecasts for clean coal technology suggests it is uncompetitive compared to renewables.

In the battle of renewables v traditional generators, winner will take all

In the battle of renewables v traditional generators, winner will take all

July 4, 2014 5

Will we ever move on the Renewable Energy Target? Both sides of the debate will fight to the death -- and there will only be one winner.

Renewables changing the nature of power

Renewables changing the nature of power

April 22, 2014 29

New technology has dramatically increased the possibilities of renewable energy. But the material revolution challenges those who want to preserve the existing relations of production, consumption and energy.