Policy & Politics

A Santa wish-list for PM Abbott

Santa, I know your home's foundations are threatened by melting Arctic ice, but please don't give Tony a lump of coal for Christmas - it won't help things. Instead there are four gifts that he'd enjoy which could even change his mind on climate change.

A building industry scandal regulators want to ignore

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Governments are ignoring a review they commissioned which finds homeowners are being ripped-off as the building industry flouts laws aimed at reducing energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of new homes.

Waubra to appeal charities decision

Anti-wind group to fight revocation of 'health promotion' status.

ACCR claims win in 'big four' carbon disclosures

All four banks have improved disclosure as result of campaign, group says.

US has opportunity for sustainable energy system: IEA

Agency urges clearer framework for investment in electricity sector.

Vic Govt commits to VEET scheme

Energy efficiency target to be set at 5.4m for 2015; review mid-year.

Baird's WestConnex project takes a hit

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Report business case review fell short of required standard.

Renewables industry concedes ground, but government still asking for 20% RET

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The Clean Energy Council has laid bare its willingness to go to 35,000GWh yet Minister Hunt has reaffirmed his 27,000GWh position. However, the government may yet be willing to move.

Waubra loses 'health promotion' charity status

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Anti-wind farm group has status related to 'disease prevention' revoked.

Cheaper bills with Transgrid lease: govt

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NSW confirms proposal for long-term lease of 49% of electricity network.

Labor statement on CEC renewables target position

Opposition welcomes Clean Energy Council move.

Gas demand plummets in NSW and SA, flat in VIC - the death spiral is on

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AEMO predicts the industrial and generation sectors to drive the demand drop-off - but it actually underestimates the fall in the commercial and residential categories.

Prime Minister Abbott to receive solar power Christmas gift

Christian group linked to former Treasurer Costello's brother to crowd-fund solar system gift in lieu of lump of coal.

Crossbench deal to cut RET may help renewables industry

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A deal between the government and crossbench senators to cut the large-scale RET to 32,500GWh may actually work out better for the renewable energy industry than waiting out for a deal involving Labor. It offers greater upside and less risk of no deal at all.

ANZ to face shareholder vote on carbon disclosure

Investors to put forward motion for bank to reveal emissions funding.

Qld MP, council exchange barbs over sea level furore

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Council has no confidence in govt MP after planning intervention.

Several days on, Lima looks worthwhile

By and large, Lima achieved its mandate - never before has there been agreement that all significant emitters submit targets judged against the same benchmarks. But a difficult year is ahead

Auctions spur wind and solar in Africa; China looks offshore

The week in clean energy saw notable auctions in Uganda and South Africa while China unveiled plans to develop 10.5GW of offshore wind in three years.

Second Chinese SOE emerges in NSW, Qld privatisations

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China Southern Power said to be preparing for poles and wires sales.

Another power station bites the dust: The Torrens A shut-down

AGL Energy's decision to mothball its 480MW Torrens A gas-fired power station in South Australia won't change the utility's market presence much - especially considering that unit's historically quiet role in the NEM.

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