Energy markets

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

14 comments
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

1 comment
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

4 comments
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

1 comment
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

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

Counting all costs, wind and solar are the cheapest

2 comments
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

5 comments
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

6 comments
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

2 comments
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.

CCA to conduct 'limited' RET Review

Authority to bow to legislative requirement to probe policy.

Pain and gain in a gas export boom

1 comment
The Grattan Institute shows how the east-coast gas revolution will deliver a net benefit to the economy. But without further climate policies, it will be emissions negative for Australia.

Widodo to take on fuel subsidies

New president to tackle years-old frozen prices.

The demise of gas in one chart

9 comments
One Grattan Institute chart illustrates that the gas distribution business is in serious trouble and shows why they are so desperate to tear down the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

Pages