Energy markets

Network charges fight looms in ACT

Regulator asks public to consider whether ActewAGL proposal is 'justified' amid improving investment conditions.

Can Hunt sell the Senate a half-baked Direct Action?

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Environment Minister Greg Hunt is urging opposition parties to join him at the negotiating table to discuss Direct Action. But can Labor and co really commit to an unfinished vision?

US failing on methane progress: watchdog

Voluntary regulation of potent greenhouse gas 'yielding minimal reductions'.

Hunt approves giant Carmichael coal mine

Minister vows 'strict conditions' for record project but economic value and environmental sustainability questioned.

Dark days descend on Chinese coal

Times are tough for Chinese coal firms, the sector's peak body says, with the outlook set to be worse amid supply-demand imbalances and rising environmental restrictions.

ALP pledges CSG-free zone in northern NSW

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Delegates back motion on north coast and Northern Rivers regions.

Echo chamber: A sequel to power price scaremongering

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a Deloitte report finding against the consensus on the renewables' effect. It wouldn't be the first time the ACCI chief has been off the mark on power prices.

US utility hopes to build more reactors

Southern becomes first to propose nuclear expansion since new EPA carbon rules.

Emerging countries 'looking to nuclear': analysts

GlobalData says power-hungry Asia-Pacific to add 13.8GW of nuclear by 2030.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

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Some utility-scale solar developers are talking up the prospects of PV plants being about 40% cheaper, and matching wind's viability. They just need to get bankers thinking similarly.

Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think

Very high storage costs are now rapidly falling and, while there are differences in the estimates, battery system costs per kilowatt-hour are predicted to drop strongly again to 2020.

Do climate worriers use more electricity?

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Do environmental beliefs affect how much electricity we use? New research found a counter-intuitive link, but the authors say it's probably illusory.

Capture me if you can: An elusive CCS solution

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The International Energy Agency is among those who say carbon capture and storage is a vital ingredient of the climate solution. But progress remains achingly slow ... and frustratingly expensive.

Chair, 3 board members quit Synergy

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WA energy utility board walks amid speculation minister pushing for privatisation.

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity

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It is technically possible for Australia to get all its electricity needs from renewable sources with wind, solar thermal and rooftop solar making up the lion's share.

The freedom revolution to kill power bill confusion

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The electricity bill debate is more confusion than clarity, and rising gas prices may only make it worse. But the 'energy efficiency plus solar' solution offers the average punter a final way out.

Gas suppliers failing to play by Abbott’s script

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Rather than becoming a ‘cheap energy superpower’, a new study from business itself suggests Australia is facing a manufacturing wrecking ball in the form of gas.

New chair appointed for energy regulator

Conboy comes to AER after stint in Canadian power market.

Why Abbott's promised bill savings are wrong

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The Government is promising average households will save $200 per year on their power bill from repeal of the carbon tax. The reality is most households will see far lower savings.

Who gains most from axing the carbon tax – and at what cost?

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Clearly the big greenhouse gas emitting electricity generators win. In particular, the brown coal generators in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

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