Energy markets

Move over big power – the micropower revolution is here

Thomas Edison predicted a future for micropower more than 130 years ago. Now solar, co- and tri-generation and micro-grids are eating away at our centralised power system.

Solar power for ivory towers

US universities are making big megawatt commitments to renewable energy; reflecting a growing demand from stakeholders and all-time-low wind and solar prices per kilowatt-hour.

Power bills down as regulator unwinds NSW networks' gold plated gains

NSW residential and small business power consumers expected to see 10% drop in bills as regulator unwinds the huge blow-out in power network revenues of prior five years.

CBA in gun for Galilee coal mine advisory role

Advocacy group to take petition to Sydney HQ.

Is Canberra prepared for a China carbon slowdown?

Canberra's bureaucrats as well as politicians predict it's onward and upwards for fossil fuels - but China surprised them last month, and may do so again, with drastic budgetary ramifications.

Half of your gas bill is wasted heat

Government and the public overlook the poor performance of gas as a household energy source – with heat equating to $720 lost to the atmosphere each year.

Victoria at a fork in the road on energy

Despite the modesty of the major party promises, the difference on energy between the alternative future governments is stark.

Vic Labor's lame plan to move the climate dial

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The Andrews Opposition has released its (very brief) climate policy – while it contains one sound move, the rest is symbolism and delusion.

Clever Leyonhjelm gives Abbott a template to kill wind power

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has devised amendments to the RET designed to appeal to a wide array of senator cross benchers and the government, that would kill-off those 'offensive' wind farms. Yet the result is more tax and higher power prices to help out government-owned power companies. Is he really a libertarian?

Industrial air pollution 'costing billions' in EU

Coal power generators in Germany and Eastern Europe dominate costs.

India's solar surge; SunEdison's wind play

The week in clean energy saw India announce a target of 100GW of solar for 2022 while US PV player SunEdison diversified into wind power.

WA's utility death spiral in 4 charts

University of WA analysis suggests the WA grid could experience zero demand for central grid power in the middle of the day as early as 2026 based on plausible declines in the cost of solar systems. And cheap batteries don't help the situation.

Citi doubts coal's 'energy poverty' claim

Investment bank predicts 'cleaner technologies', 'off-grid systems' to play key role.

Has Peabody been fibbing about its G20 coal supporters?

The coal major took to the G20 proud claims of 500,000-strong online support for its campaign on coal and energy poverty. Unsurprisingly, analysis of social media accounts shows that support was probably faked.

Is the AER about to give Baird an early Christmas present?

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The energy regulator is set to announce a decision that will impact on moves to further privatise Australia’s electricity distribution network.

Senator Lambie, the RET is a money spinner for Tasmania

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Reducing the Renewable Energy Target would transfer great chunks of revenue from Tasmanian renewables, mainly hydro generators, to mainland power companies – while consumers would lose, too.

Germany looks to close another 8 coal plants

Coal-fired power stations kill-list expanded to 58 as emissions shortfall looms.

Is the Future Fund falling behind the divestment curve?

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While environmental campaigners call for divestment on moral grounds, financial experts increasingly agree that fossil fuels carry growing risks. Yet the Future Fund chair dismisses the latter concern.

The network lobby is demonising solar, but missing the point

The logic surrounding across-the-board network capacity charges is seriously flawed. But instead of addressing this absurdity, the electricity network lobby just complicates the mess with its cross-subsidy cherrypicking.

Exposing the power grid lobby’s 5 mistakes on grid disconnection

The ENA has used outlying figures and dodgy logic to form its arguments against grid disconnection. In reality, solar with battery systems are safe and increasingly affordable.