Energy markets

Policy uncertainty 'threatens renewables momentum'

IEA says cost-competitiveness near but growing risks to medium-term deployment.

ACT considering feed-in tariff if RET cut

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Corbell says solar support could return.

Go Group set for 'backdoor listing'

Urban Group Energy subsidiary set for link-up with ASX firm.

China on track for 100GW of PV by 2018

Communist giant set to be first to pass solar landmark; nine nations with 5GW-plus.

Warburton - why buy an iPhone when your Nokia still works?

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The Warburton Review of the Renewable Energy Target suggests we should scale back the target because there's more than enough existing power stations to meet electricity demand. If that's the case then government probably shouldn't have built roads when we already had railways.

Uniting Church's assembly to divest from fossil fuels

Standing committee resolves to take action on issue of 'intergenerational justice'.

Green groups call for Maules Creek probe

NGOs seek audit of approval process in wake of ICAC revelations.

Lazarus says RET reduction 'irresponsible'

Senator restates PUP support for 41,000GWh target.

Helping battery cost declines keep going and going

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Solar is being installed at roughly eight times the rate and one-third the cost of four years ago. Falling balance-of-system costs has battery storage undergoing a similar evolution.

Review calls for Renewable Energy Target cuts: what it means

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The most pressing questions from the general public about what the cuts to the renewables target mean include the effect on household power bills and the changing economics of solar panels.

Cheap gas flows as prices slump

Flood of cheap gas in Queensland comes as exporters ramp up CSG wells on Curtis ­Island.

Coal boss slams 'green imperialism'

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Whitehaven's Flynn says divestment campaign a 'symbolic move'

The Warburton 'windfall effect'

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Implementing the RET Review's recommendations would see black coal generators, now operating at low levels, surge in output. If there is one clear implication from the report, it's buy Origin and AGL.

Labor, Greens reject review findings

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Hunt points to likelihood of 27,00GWh target.

RET Review – experts respond

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Alan Pears, Andrew Blakers, Tony Wood and Dylan McConnell respond to the Warburton Review's damning assessment of the Renewable Energy Target.

Attacking the RET will open another tough battlefront for Abbott

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The RET is popular in the community but fossil fuel interests contributed a total of more than $900,000 to the federal Liberal Party from mid-2009 to mid-2013.

RET Review delivers blow to clean energy industry

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Panel calls for end to large-scale and small-scale schemes, admits cost on customer bills 'moderate'.

Will solar face a price reform shock?

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The energy market rule-maker has laid out logical proposals for determining network charges amid the solar-inspired demand drop. But networks may yet subvert the strategy.

Don't fall for the networks' fixed price push

Solar's uptake is leaving network companies out of pocket and they want to fight back with fixed charges. But, rightfully, the energy market rule maker is proposing the reverse.

Is the RET a market-distorting subsidy?

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Critics of the renewables target forget Australia's energy market is not a level playing field and, in the absence of a carbon price, the RET is actually a way of correcting the electricity market.

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