Energy markets

Aust super fund wins int'l climate gong

by AAP
Future Fund, Telstra Super and Asgard scored poorly on index.

Solar PV price check - April

Melbourne led an overall rise in solar system prices for the first time in nearly a year, while average system sizes fell in Canberra.

Norway, the land of renewable energy and electric vehicles - backed by oil

Norway is more than 100% renewable and still adding wind, while the Tesla is its best-selling car. Why is it they wisely use their fossil fuels revenues to decouple from fossil fuels yet we feel the need to remain as dependant as possible?

How Baird dug himself into a hole on gas policy

The Supreme Court's decision on Metgasco is deeply embarrassing for the Baird Government.

Sitting out the Sydney storm in solar-powered comfort

With a motley collection of emergency equipment - 12V solar panel, lights, wireless modem, inverter - I had the basics up and running in a few hours.

Four graphs pointing to clean energy hope on this Earth Day

To mark the worldwide celebrations yesterday, it's worth considering how far we've come on issues like emissions per GDP, solar and wind capacity and renewables investment.

Sparks fly from the Senate electricity report

The Senate inquiry's draft report into the regulation of Australia's electricity network is generating a lot of heated debate.

Sorry, 90% of Australia's coal needs to stay in the ground

Using a carbon budget approach with an eye to 2 degrees, The Climate Council has found Australia must show restraint when it comes to opening up known reserves.

Energy efficiency sector can emerge from the bunker

Victoria has put to bed the doubts about the benefits that flow from its energy efficiency target while a NSW review has given its scheme a clean bill of health.

Court clears way for Japanese nuclear restart

by AFP
Residents' action fails on Sendai plant reactors.

Deregulation and renewables can see China shake fossil fuels

Utilising large-scale storage, China could produce 85% of its electricity from renewables by 2050 with fossil fuels peaking in 2025, a Beijing-backed study has found, with the authors saying power sector deregulation would be integral.

Farmers to challenge Rinehart coal mine

by AAP
Groundwater issue at Galilee project to go to Qld Supreme Court.

Protesters to march on 15 campuses calling for divestment

Students to demand universities lead on climate.

China turns shovel on 2GW solar plant; S. Africa auctions top 5GW

The week in clean energy saw China reach 33GW of solar and start work on a 2GW plants, Japan's pipeline ballooned to a potential 72GW and SunEdison among the winners in South Africa's 1.1GW fourth auction.

Senate inquiry predicts utility death spiral, but has no answer

A Senate inquiry into power networks says batteries, solar and energy efficiency are on the verge of driving a death spiral of increasing power prices. But in screaming over whether networks should be punished for past gold plating, they’ve lost sight of the future.

China on track after adding massive 5.04GW of solar in Q1

Nation has already installed 28.3% of its 17.8GW target for year.

Macfarlane rules out coal-plant closure assistance

Industry Minister unchanged after AGL reveals 2050 plan.

Why cheap oil won’t hold back solar batteries and EVs

If the price of oil dropped to $20 tomorrow, electric cars would still be quietly revving their engines. There are too many positive feedback loops in the whole batteries-EVs-solar equation to quell the momentum now.

Solar output map doubles data catchment to 5500 systems

Australan PV Institute tool merges SMA data for enhanced postcode results.

How many carats are there in network gold-plating?

A new study has found gold-plating added up to a $14.7bn premium to asset values for power networks in the years to 2013, but fixing the problem amid solar and storage's rise won't be simple.