Energy markets

Where the escape from power retailers will begin

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The increasingly large sum of money needed to keep rural areas connected to the grid means it already makes sense to go with solar plus batteries in many of these locations.

Palmer deal gives green light to Direct Action – experts react

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Academics are mixed on the prospect of Direct Action as it stands, while a study into an emissions trading scheme is more heartening.

Explaining America's grid emissions trajectory

The United States' is seeing lower electricity-related emissions - despite a recent bump - which is reflective of lower carbon intensity and electricity use in the country.

How Australia missed the fracking boat

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The long-term environmental and economic benefits that the US extracted from the shale gas boom are yet to be realised in Australia.

Academic fronts Shorten over RET

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UC lecturer interrupts press conference.

EU emissions drop 1.8%

Europe on track for 24% emissions cut by 2020; ETS delivers $5bn cheque.

EU sets CO2 challenge; China and Brazil score top marks

The week in clean energy saw the EU agree to the world's toughest emissions reduction target while a new report finds China and Brazil leading the developing world on clean energy programs.

Replacing Australia’s coal-fired energy

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To ensure energy security, Labor and the Coalition need to skip the politicking and work out what will supply tomorrow's power.

NSW to back voluntary smart meter rollout

Government to 'reduce barriers to smart meters' in market-led rollout.

Hydro Tasmania to abandon King Island wind farm

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RET uncertainty 'not to blame' for end to $2bn TasWind project.

ETU branch urges members to back Powershop

Union's Victorian arm says new market entrant leading on renewables.

How wind could reach 20% penetration by 2030

A new report says wind is already the least-cost option for new grid capacity in many markets and - with exciting growth looming in Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa - could increase seven-fold in 15 years.

UNSW rejects divestment push

Outgoing vice-chancellor says university will keep $50m fossil-fuel portfolio.

Decreasing emissions by deploying CCS: learning from Canada

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Canada's Boundary Dam demonstrates that carbon storage can be applied to cut emissions from coal-fired power stations. Australia was once the envy of its northern hemisphere counterpart on CCS, so what changed?

No RET for the wicked ...

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The RET has been so successful it will easily achieve 28% by 2020. That means we should be setting higher, more ambitious targets, not ones that we will meet already.

EU goes large on climate, with a 27% super-RET

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The EU has signed off on a renewables target that goes beyond just electricity while, crucially, also approving a 40% emissions reduction target which will bolster its ETS.

Wind could touch global 20% 'by 2030'

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GWEC report finds wind generation could increase seven-fold to 2000GW by 2030.

Is Abbott slashing or ‘recalibrating’ the renewables target? Ask a laid-off Keppel Prince employee

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The Coalition is claiming they aren't cutting the RET merely 'recalibrating' it because the target has always been 20%. The public's inability to understand a gigawatt-hour from a gigahertz means they could get away with it, but the public do understand 100 people losing their jobs.

Palmer gives hope to Direct Action

PUP leader says ETS 'analysis' could lead to deal.

How low oil prices may impact GHG emissions

Low oil prices that remain stable are what drive increased demand for oil – and which in turn could then have a bigger role in emissions. But what would happen if the US lifted crude oil export restrictions?

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