Policy & Politics

'Safeguard mechanisms' likely to fall short: Reputex

Carbon markets analyst firm says Hunt's polluter benchmarks too low to deliver.

'Galileo' Cruz courts the sceptic vote

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The first US Republican to officially declare a 2016 presidential run, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has confused 21st century scientists with the 17th century Church, with climate change a movement aiming to control 'every aspect of our lives'.

RayGen reveals 'pioneering' concentrated solar power tower

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ARENA says project paves way for wider deployment of CSPV.

Why the Abbott Government is 'generous', and you should be thankful

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Sure, the Coalition wants to cut the construction of new renewable energy capacity by 30% - but, as Ian Macfarlane implies, if you knew what they'd really wanted to do you would be thankful.

Solar Council rejects CEC compromise

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'No deal better than bad deal' for large-scale solar.

Opportunities and risk in the new electricity era

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There are both big opportunities and risks for the electricity industry, and associated sectors such as building and appliances, in the broadening retail space on the consumer side of the power meter.

Howard and Baird offer lessons in the art of persuasion

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The New South Wales election will test whether a popular leader can sell the public a much-disliked economic reform policy.

CEC gambles on 33,500 RET, will Abbott fold?

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The Clean Energy Council has blinked, conceding to a reduction in the large-scale RET to 33,500GWh. With Ian Macfarlane refusing to budge and Labor holding out too, have they just given ground for no pay-off? Don't give up hope just yet.

China chamber confident on Aust solar dumping decision

Case unproven, says CCCME ahead of April 7 decision.

Can the Gates Foundation be convinced to dump fossil fuels?

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Bill Gates has been a long-standing advocate of 'creative capitalism' to address global poverty, but his foundation's fossil fuel portfolio contrasts with its own concern that climate change is a major issue for developing countries.

Abbott Govt obstructing US-led push to end third world coal subsidies: report

US-led efforts to restrict funding for overseas plants hits Australian hurdle in OECD talks.

How ARENA's home solar-storage-efficiency $6.7m should've been spent

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If ARENA had instead partnered with SP AusNet and The Cape eco-village, a much bigger, more effective, distributed and more resilient system could have been built with 10 times the storage as the WA trial - at the same cost.

Environmental groups lament RET compromise offer

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Renewables industry compromise offer 'disappointing', 'lowers the bar'.

Qld MP breaks ranks on RET target

by AAP
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Ken O'Dowd backs latest compromise from clean energy sector on renewables target.

Foley's foreign investment rants ignore the facts

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Whether the NSW Opposition Leader knows it or not, Australia has always been a net importer of foreign capital.

CEC offers RET compromise

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Clean energy sector puts new number on table for large-scale RET as govt talks continue.

Privatisation scare campaign extends reach to WA

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The WA Government has baulked at implementing a series of reforms to its electricity market that would improve competition and potentially also encourage greater use of solar and energy efficiency.

California grid hits 5% solar

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Western state - which has 5.4GW solar capacity - becomes first in US to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility-scale solar, with the increasing energy source picking up hydro's slack during the state's drought year.

NSW Govt tips $15,000 into Byron renewable energy trading

Stokes says trial will help 'break down barriers' to renewables trading.

Seven-day build for 1MW hybrid power plant

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Solar-diesel plant's redeployability 'game-changing'.

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