Energy markets

Is the AER about to give Baird an early Christmas present?

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The energy regulator is set to announce a decision that will impact on moves to further privatise Australia’s electricity distribution network.

Senator Lambie, the RET is a money spinner for Tasmania

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Reducing the Renewable Energy Target would transfer great chunks of revenue from Tasmanian renewables, mainly hydro generators, to mainland power companies – while consumers would lose, too.

Germany looks to close another 8 coal plants

Coal-fired power stations kill-list expanded to 58 as emissions shortfall looms.

Is the Future Fund falling behind the divestment curve?

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While environmental campaigners call for divestment on moral grounds, financial experts increasingly agree that fossil fuels carry growing risks. Yet the Future Fund chair dismisses the latter concern.

The network lobby is demonising solar, but missing the point

The logic surrounding across-the-board network capacity charges is seriously flawed. But instead of addressing this absurdity, the electricity network lobby just complicates the mess with its cross-subsidy cherrypicking.

Exposing the power grid lobby’s 5 mistakes on grid disconnection

The ENA has used outlying figures and dodgy logic to form its arguments against grid disconnection. In reality, solar with battery systems are safe and increasingly affordable.

Qld energy minister didn't declare ERM fundraiser

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McArdle says boardroom fundraiser did not fall into category of reportable event.

Aust coal exports may weather US-China pact: RBA

The outlook for coal exports is uncertain but China will still have a “huge appetite” for Australian resources, says RBA official.

Low oil price won't slow EVs: Ford

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Michigan automaker to continue to promote green technology.

Regulator takes EnergyAustralia to court

Australian Energy Regulator institutes proceedings against EnergyAustralia over alleged breach of retail law.

Australia’s power infrastructure debacle

Not only did we spend too much over the past decade creating excessive network capacity, but the system we have is already outdated.

Network group talks up 'grid integration'

Lobby groups cites report quantifying 'hidden services' from the grid.

$1 per watt solar is spreading - utilities must become cannibals

$1 per watt solar systems are being advertised now for even small 1 kilowatt installations. The cost of electricity is so much lower than what power companies can offer that they are left with a stark choice: be eaten by others or do it yourself.

VIDEO: Jemma Green on saving through 'solar + batteries'

Curtin University research fellow Jemma Green talks about how battery technology means that renewable energy will reach price parity with grid power in a matter of years.

Vic Greens vow to close Hazelwood, Anglesea

Coal power plants closures to be part of any budget supply deal.

China aims to cap coal use by 2020

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Beijing to target one-sixth increase on current consumption, limit of 62 per cent total energy.

Solar to be cheapest of all: UK energy minister

'This century will be the solar century,' says Davey.

America reaches a landmark oil production level

Oil production is at its highest volume in the US since 1986, with previous production highs set in the 1970s set to be knocked off before the end of next year.

Big Two presage a change in the air

With climate change firmly back on the international agenda, it will be difficult for a small number of countries in an Axis of Carbon to sustain their policy opposition.

Aust uranium may head to India in 2015

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Agreement still being examined by the parliamentary treaties committee.