Energy markets

Rating Peabody: A coal giant on the ropes

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The world’s largest private pure play coal miner is an increasing financial risk following net losses in the US and Australia. Management would be prudent to consider the new climate 'normal'.

Here come the rest: Micropower's quiet takeover

Micropower - a category defined as modern renewables plus cogeneration – now produces one-quarter of world electricity ... yet some utilities still regard it as trivial.

The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

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This week's opening gambit from the Coalition on the RET is just the start of a fascinating battle over much loved and seemingly loathed renewable energy. In the end, states may have the last word.

Emissions increase hints at the limitations of Obama’s plan

US energy sector emissions increased slightly in 2013, highlighting the potential limitations of focusing on cutting electricity emissions without addressing broader energy consumption.

Natural gas markets spark fuel for thought

Cheaper natural gas is helping to make US manufacturing more competitive, but in other parts of the world gas prices are heading in the opposite direction.

Amid the shale boom, Americans' energy expenditure barely shifts

Official data finds consumer energy expenditures are roughly 5 per cent of disposable income, just below the long-term average of 5.5 per cent.

China coal use falls: Greenpeace

Report says first time this century communist giant has seen year-on-year quarterly falls.

US energy emissions rose 2.5% in 2013

Weather-driven energy intensity leads to biggest rise since 2010.

Slashing the RET – it’s about defending mates, not consumers

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Apparently we need to slash the RET to reduce power bills. That's what they also said about the repealing the carbon tax. So what do the latest inflation figures show we actually saved and can we trust them that this isn't just about helping out their corporate mates?

Network writedowns: 'free lunch' should come with a health warning

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Claims that a writedown of NSW's power network businesses could deliver net benefits to current and future owners, as well as electricity consumers, is flawed on two fronts.

How utilities will commit suicide by solar

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Off-grid systems will be increasingly affordable for average households – so if grid operators continue protectionist policies to block homes from exporting solar, it will just force more savvy PV owners to disconnect.

Planned cut to RET 'a free kick' for fossil fuels

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There's no technical limit preventing more than 20% renewable energy in a power system, with experts saying Australia could reach 90% renewable electricity by 2040 by natural attrition of existing fossil fuel power stations.

UNSW academics unite for divestment push

Open letter from 102 calls for vice-chancellor to act on fossil fuels.

Origin to stockpile gas supplies

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Energy giant plans to take advantage of expected price rises over coming years.

Counting all costs, wind and solar are the cheapest

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An Ecofys study has had a crack at levelising the true cost of energy across Europe, and has found wind is cheapest with solar and nuclear next.

Forget divestment, all capital markets are queasy on climate

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The risk for fossil fuels is now on the downside, with contraction more likely. Climate change has expanded from social cause to real and present investment headache.

Tesla meets Alibaba; SolarCity taps online debt

The week in clean energy saw both green cars and green bonds expand their online presence, in China and the US respectively, while Vestas set a record for power produced by a turbine in a single day.

Four misleading mistakes about coal vs renewables

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Analysts and journalists can be easily led up the garden path about how important coal is, and how renewables will never amount to anything. Here's four ways you could be misled if you're not careful.

Abbott, Klein and the search for climate's quiet majority

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From Tony Abbott's 'coal's good for humanity' to Naomi Klein's capitalist bogeyman, the climate change debate desperately needs to see the rise of the rational middle.

Qld minister met Deutsche after coal port backdown

Powell met with bank representatives in Germany following Abbot Point reversal.

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