Energy markets

Power networks ignoring solar and energy efficiency - AEMO

The Australian Energy Market Operator suggests the power networks are still inflating their demand forecasts. What's extraordinary is AEMO reveals most still don't consider the impact of energy efficiency or solar on demand.

CSG 'manageable with standards': review

NSW chief scientist says certain conditions could allow for development.

A solar power-to-gas storage solution?

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A new solar cell technology to separate hydrogen from water could be a big part of the storage solution for a 100% renewables grid.

Infratil drops guidance following Snowy Hydro deal

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NZ firm adjusts slightly after offloading generation portfolio and Lumo.

Divestment's big week; Nigeria kickstarts solar

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The week in clean energy saw the Rockefellers and Mars stand-out amid an upbeat climate summit in New York, while Africa's biggest sub-Saharan economy looks set to get serious about renewables.

Electricity spot prices crushed from all sides

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Strong winds and historically low demand saw wholesale power prices drop markedly yesterday – with the oversupply also affecting Brisbane hub gas prices.

Coal getting its 'mojo' back: Mackenzie

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BHP chief upbeat despite met coal retraction.

Chile becomes first South American country to tax carbon

President signs off on laws targeting 50MW-plus generators with $5/tonne tax.

US quintet plan 2100MW wind and storage project

Wyoming proposal would run 845km line to supply energy-hungry LA.

Latin America has '9GW solar pipeline to 2019'

Switch to utility-scale projects in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico to boost market: analysts.

IEA: 4 charts showing how solar will achieve dominance

The energy agency sees a 2050 with PV contributing 16% and concentrated solar - after an equatorial boom - tipping in 11% of the world's electricity supply, making solar the dominant energy source.

Climate experts slam Energy Green Paper

One of the main objectives of the Abbott Government's energy green paper – increasing coal use, via Asia, over coming decades – is diametrically opposed to the policies needed to limit warming below 2 degrees.

Another Qld coal mines closes

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Bowen Basin mine to shut amid coal price pressure.

Gas cooking means no reservations

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Despite a short-term shock for local manufacturers reliant on gas, it's in their own long-term interests as well as the national interest, that resources be developed without domestic reservation quotas.

Rallies for renewables draw thousands

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Protesters gather at 30 sites around Australia calling for RET retention.

You can’t make plastic from a solar panel

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But you certainly can run cars in India and China in the next couple of decades on solar electricity - so the oil industry should start transitioning.

Consumer groups join call for 'no change' to RET

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Advocates say renewables target reduction would drive up electricity bills.

Protesters shut down coal mine sites in NSW

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Whitehaven's Maules Creek among six northern NSW sites affected.

Dirty air and dodgy politics in Victoria

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The message that the Hazelwood fire may well have killed people won’t be a popular one with the state government. Indeed it seems it's easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death stats.

Renewable power scores a consumer endorsement

Six of the nation's leading consumer and community groups - including the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ACOSS - have written an open letter calling on the government to consider the consumer benefit in retaining the RET.

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