Policy & Politics

Govt says RET 'broken', but the polls say they are

Ministers Hunt and Macfarlane have written to Labor asking to recommence negotiations over the Renewable Energy Target while saying the scheme is 'broken' and has to be cut. Don't be distracted by the bluster, they'll concede to see this barnacle gone.

Vic election will be close: Napthine

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Premier says election result could be delayed on one million pre-poll votes.

Reef 'not under threat' from climate: Brandis

Attorney-General contradicts government reports showing climate change greatest threat to Great Barrier Reef.

Solar power for ivory towers

US universities are making big megawatt commitments to renewable energy; reflecting a growing demand from stakeholders and all-time-low wind and solar prices per kilowatt-hour.

Melbourne renewable energy industry hit by job losses

Survey of Melbourne-based renewable energy businesses finds they've shed nearly 10% of employees due to government undermining confidence in RET.

EU to track shipping emissions

Rule forces industry to monitor and report growing 3% share.

Leyonhjelm lauds coal in Senate speech

Silent majority back coal use, says senator.

CBA in gun for Galilee coal mine advisory role

Advocacy group to take petition to Sydney HQ.

ReneSola slashes full-year guidance

Chinese maker trims outlook 540MW after missing Q3 quota.

Is Canberra prepared for a China carbon slowdown?

Canberra's bureaucrats as well as politicians predict it's onward and upwards for fossil fuels - but China surprised them last month, and may do so again, with drastic budgetary ramifications.

State Grid eyes network sell-offs

Chinese giant seeks advisers for NSW, Qld assets; Snowy Hydro cools on Delta.

Victoria at a fork in the road on energy

Despite the modesty of the major party promises, the difference on energy between the alternative future governments is stark.

China official confirms 2016 ETS start

NDRC official says rules for market to be announced as early as next month.

Vic Labor's lame plan to move the climate dial

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The Andrews Opposition has released its (very brief) climate policy – while it contains one sound move, the rest is symbolism and delusion.

Clever Leyonhjelm gives Abbott a template to kill wind power

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has devised amendments to the RET designed to appeal to a wide array of senator cross benchers and the government, that would kill-off those 'offensive' wind farms. Yet the result is more tax and higher power prices to help out government-owned power companies. Is he really a libertarian?

Beyond the RET: options for state action

Renewable energy investment has all but stopped in Australia. But can state schemes, like a VRET, really step up to fill the gap created by federal government uncertainty?

India's solar surge; SunEdison's wind play

The week in clean energy saw India announce a target of 100GW of solar for 2022 while US PV player SunEdison diversified into wind power.

'Groundhog Day' for renewables industry

Clean Energy Council laments crossbench senators' tick for '9th review in three years'

Citi doubts coal's 'energy poverty' claim

Investment bank predicts 'cleaner technologies', 'off-grid systems' to play key role.

Carnegie fires up wave unit

First CETO 5 wave power unit operational; project 'significant': ARENA.