Energy markets

Solar projects go as little $99MWh as UK awards bids

First CfD auctions deliver encouraging bids, but cheapest solar bids 'inconceivable'.

China nearing 'peak coal' after 2.9% fall in year

Analysts scrambling after first drop in 14 years.

February enviro markets update - STCs and LGCs

A stable month for the small-scale renewables market was boosted by last week's target announcement while the large-scale spot price saw a spectacular 26% rise on surging Canberra intrigue.

Nuclear waste dump search restarts

by AAP
Industry minister calls for voluntary nominations.

Decarbonising RWE wraps up $7bn sale of gas unit

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German power giant's move part of transition to renewables.

The deafening silence on energy efficiency

Being more energy efficient is a key driver of business and community wellbeing, yet Australia is slipping further down the world ladder.

Vattenfall to build offshore wind at record US11.52c/kWh

Swedish utility's 400MW project to run at 32% discount to Denmark's latest.

SA's broad-brush nuclear review is meant to sideline opponents

Rather than seeing Port Augusta's hoped-for solar thermal station replaced by a modular nuclear reaction, this inquiry - given the unfavourable international economics of uranium enrichment - looks to be more about waste.

The film that is going to change China

An anti-smog documentary that has become a viral hit in China is set to shake up the environmental movement and the energy industry.

Target aims for 808MW of small-scale solar in 2015

The Clean Energy Regulator's target of 11.71% for 2015 represents an additional 808MW of solar PV for the year, down slightly on 2014. The regulator has also released non-binding marks for 2016 and 2017.

United network spend to see $55 bill reduction

Victorian distributor announces relief for 650,000 customers.

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

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

EU unveils plans for single energy market

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