Policy & Politics

Shorten 'bins' Warburton: Where to next?

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Bill Shorten has echoed Mark Butler, saying the Warburton recommendations 'belong in the bin'. It narrows the field of what's possible, pointing to a tricky target-date extension.

A rethink needed on Hazelwood mine fire

The Victorian Government needs to rethink its rejection of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry’s recommendation to rapidly respond to air quality data.

Pro-RET radio ads launched

Climate Institute begins final part of renewables campaign.

Victorian CCS research wins $5m grant

Vic Govt grant to fund next stage of Nirranda demonstration facility.

Snowy Hydro acquires Infratil energy portfolio

State-owned firm's $600m generation, retail buy makes it fourth-largest energy retailer.

China considers quality restrictions on imported coal

Move to potentially affect Australian thermal exports.

Productivity Commission to tackle gas question

Government body to seek framework for more efficient domestic market.

Harper joins Abbott in bailing on climate summit

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Like his Australian counterpart, the Canadian prime minister will opt out of this month's UN Climate Summit, which is set to be attended by Barack Obama and David Cameron.

Health industry's $29bn fund to restrict thermal coal investments

HESTA becomes first major Australian super fund to apply measures across all products.

Fossil-free superannuation is an idea that's going to snowball

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Fossil fuel divestment efforts so far may be equivalent to only a drop in the ocean, but the economic and political momentum they provide mean it's only a matter of time before they gain real traction.

Grappling with the big picture on energy

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The RET is far from the only factor in determining Australia's future energy supply.

Renewables industry calls the government's bluff

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The Clean Energy Council issued a statement yesterday telling Ian Macfarlane they're not interested in volunteering themselves to be sacrificed. It reflects a belief that while the government talks tough, they are in fact weak and vulnerable on the RET.

China shows there's more to renewables than fighting climate change

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China is contributing more than any other country to a climate-change solution – but its mammoth green energy system is driven by manufacturing and energy security considerations.

The power 'price shock' lie to halt renewable energy

Why would the Big Three power companies pass up bargain basement prices of $30 for renewable energy certificates if the price was - as the Business Council of Australia is threatening - about to skyrocket to $93 unless the RET is slashed?

NSW uranium mines given green light

by AAP
Companies limited to 'low-impact exploration and environmental monitoring'.

Macfarlane's ridiculous RET negotiating position

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Ian Macfarlane is trying to switch the onus of RET negotiations to Labor, and the industry, to come to him. But given it is his government that wants to change the law, shouldn't he detail what needs to change and the problem it will solve, besides improving coal generators' profits?

Vic Labor won't build East West Link

by AAP
Andrews cites legal issues over unsigned contracts.

Study to track low-income homes' energy use

Abbott government launches latest stage of $72m 'energy habits' program.

'Business as usual': ARENA

Agency expects projects to be honoured as repeal bill faces defeat.

FactCheck: does Australia have too much electricity?

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Australia's surplus power capacity may increase or decrease, depending on the scenario. Regardless, using oversupply as an argument against the Renewable Energy Target is illogical.

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