Energy markets

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 RET-wrecking template

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has devised a scheme where he gives the Coalition a political path to its 'real 20 per cent', basically by gutting new wind development in favour of handouts to existing hydro.

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.

Qld energy minister didn't declare ERM fundraiser

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McArdle says boardroom fundraiser did not fall into category of reportable event.

Aust coal exports may weather US-China pact: RBA

The outlook for coal exports is uncertain but China will still have a “huge appetite” for Australian resources, says RBA official.

Low oil price won't slow EVs: Ford

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Michigan automaker to continue to promote green technology.

Regulator takes EnergyAustralia to court

Australian Energy Regulator institutes proceedings against EnergyAustralia over alleged breach of retail law.

Australia’s power infrastructure debacle

Not only did we spend too much over the past decade creating excessive network capacity, but the system we have is already outdated.

Network group talks up 'grid integration'

Lobby groups cites report quantifying 'hidden services' from the grid.

$1 per watt solar is spreading - utilities must become cannibals

$1 per watt solar systems are being advertised now for even small 1 kilowatt installations. The cost of electricity is so much lower than what power companies can offer that they are left with a stark choice: be eaten by others or do it yourself.