Topic archives: Renewable Energy Target

What does each state want from the NEG?

April 20, 2018

The Council of Australian Governments meets today to have their say on the NEG, and not every state and territory is going in with a smile.

A tale of two RETs

February 23, 2017

News Corp can't make up its mind.

Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

July 22, 2015 40

Bill Shorten's higher RET is intended to exploit the gap between voter enthusiasm for renewables and Tony Abbott's pathological hatred of them. But it's not the best way to achieve decarbonisation.

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.

Poll Bludger: Abbott versus wind farms and the RET

Poll Bludger: Abbott versus wind farms and the RET

June 17, 2015 10

If Abbott wants to wedge Labor, attacking the environment might be the safest option.

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.

Budget losers: climate agencies up in smoke

May 13, 2015 9

Like true conservatives, the Coalition's leadership team thinks the best environmental strategy is to defund every climate science body but boost spending for a bunch of people to pick up litter.

What the energy white paper should’ve said

April 9, 2015 1

Crikey readers discuss the energy white paper and other issues of the day.

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

March 24, 2015 1

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week's Essential Report shows.

The cheap, easy way Abbott can win votes — and maybe save the planet

The cheap, easy way Abbott can win votes — and maybe save the planet

February 9, 2015 5

There's a very easy way for Abbott to get a substantial part of the electorate back on side ...

Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

December 16, 2014 19

With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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.

Is Dick Warburton already scaring off renewable energy investors?

Is Dick Warburton already scaring off renewable energy investors?

September 1, 2014 4

A Californian algae producer has mysteriously abandoned its $300 million Pilbara project, writes freelance journalist Kerry Faulkner.

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.

The strange silence of the business community on the gutting of the RET

The strange silence of the business community on the gutting of the RET

August 29, 2014 19

The business community is oddly silent as the government goes about killing investment and jobs as part of its ideological hatred of renewable energy.

The leak that saved the RET, good for jobs and energy prices

The leak that saved the RET, good for jobs and energy prices

August 28, 2014 5

Reneging on the RET wouldn't just cost jobs, it would actually increase electricity prices as well, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Richard Denniss.

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 ...

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.

Essential: voters want royal commission into CommBank con

Essential: voters want royal commission into CommBank con

July 15, 2014 1

The vast majority of voters want an investigation into just what went so wrong with the Commonwealth Bank's financial planning arm. But they still have a lot of trust in financial planners.