Energy markets

Alcoa paying more after carbon repeal

Energy costs up for aluminium firm in last six months as 'offsets' removal hits.

AGL launches solar offer with 'output guarantee'

Energy giant becomes first major to offer kilowatt-hours product.

Q&A: The renewables climate in Australia and her neighbours

GE's Asia-Pacific chief shares his views on the market and policy for renewables around Asia, how Australia - and its RET - compares, and what the oil price effect will be.

Could the retailers be sidestepped?

As the LGC spot price grows and a compromise looms on the RET, might a few developers and financiers decide it's worth the risk to dive in and build some projects, even without a long term power purchase contract?

Networks' choice: Join or fight the democratic energy revolution

The electricity laws in Australia already require network companies to consider network and non-network solutions, and the trend is against network solutions. They'd be wise to take a stake in people-driven energy solutions.

Industry, bureaucrats slam RET destruction

CEFC says sector put back 12 years; AiG says deal delay is 'playing with fire'.

Solar PV price check - February

Average residential solar prices dropped in the month, contributing to a 25% drop in the last 30 driven by price falls for systems in the 4-5kW range.

Inquiry questions NSW govt CSG plans

by AAP
Parliamentary inquiry calls development halt, calls for gas reservation scheme.

EU unveils plans for single energy market

by AFP
Plans for 'energy union' include boosting efficiency, reducing fossil fuel use.

Vic farmers should veto CSG: Nats

by AAP
Nationals say state moratorium should continue pending further studies.

Coalition MPs feel pressure on Watermark coal mine

by AAP
Joyce says options restricted to 'water trigger'.

Experts to review energy market announced

Dr Michael Vertigan, Euan Morton and Prof. George Yarrow to evaluate organisational structures for how Australia's energy market is governed.

Get more out of your solar system by using water as a battery

Instead of exporting solar electricity to the grid for a paltry fee, redirecting it to a new hot water heat pump could boost its value more than fivefold.

Minister, solar’s (shrinking) quality problem is your job

Rather than sending letters of demand to others that fan alarmist claims about solar safety, Greg Hunt would be better asking himself why his government doesn't bother to test the performance of solar panels receiving support under the Renewable Energy Target.

What now after Obama's Keystone veto?

The bill will now go before the State Department, which will recommend a position on the 'international' pipeline which is planned to transport high-energy intensity tar sands.

Obama vetoes Keystone oil pipeline bill

by AFP
As expected, president vetoes Canada tar sands connector.

Citi's $100bn climate deal target; EU interconnection boost

The week in clean energy saw the investment bank trump its peers with 10-year spending goal while interconnection capacity doubled between France and Spain, a major step in the EU's cross-border power goal.

Exposing the solar subsidies 'scandal'

Are billions of dollars going to subsidising faulty solar panels, as two major newspapers have asserted? Here's what the figures say...

Big solar 'emerging as cheapest power source': institute

Solar cheaper than coal or gas by 2025 in many countries, including sunny areas of Australia: Fraunhofer.

Thinking of going solar ... what about an air-conditioner instead?

Heater air-conditioners that tap energy in the ambient air are ultra efficient and can deliver emissions and power bill savings to rival solar installations.