Policy & Politics

EU closes in on new emissions target

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Nations close to deal for 40 per cent by 2030.

Whitlam’s boldness killed by tabloid politics

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The Victorian election campaign is being drowned in mediocrity, as bold policies - including climate measures - fall foul of cost-of-living fundamentalists.

Rating Peabody: A coal giant on the ropes

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The world’s largest private pure play coal miner is an increasing financial risk following net losses in the US and Australia. Management would be prudent to consider the new climate 'normal'.

The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

This week's opening gambit from the Coalition on the RET is just the start of a fascinating battle over much loved and seemingly loathed renewable energy. In the end, states may have the last word.

Emissions increase hints at the limitations of Obama’s plan

US energy sector emissions increased slightly in 2013, highlighting the potential limitations of focusing on cutting electricity emissions without addressing broader energy consumption.

Labor rejects proposed RET cut, will cost 'thousands of jobs'

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Negotiations at impasse, government's proposed 60% cut to renewable energy construction will 'ruin renewable energy industry' says Labor.

Amid the shale boom, Americans' energy expenditure barely shifts

Official data finds consumer energy expenditures are roughly 5 per cent of disposable income, just below the long-term average of 5.5 per cent.

China coal use falls: Greenpeace

Report says first time this century communist giant has seen year-on-year quarterly falls.

Slashing the RET – it’s about defending mates, not consumers

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Apparently we need to slash the RET to reduce power bills. That's what they also said about the repealing the carbon tax. So what do the latest inflation figures show we actually saved and can we trust them that this isn't just about helping out their corporate mates?

Paper to help farmers, foresters go carbon-neutral

Changing land use practices can provide an alternative income stream: BZE.

Network writedowns: 'free lunch' should come with a health warning

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Claims that a writedown of NSW's power network businesses could deliver net benefits to current and future owners, as well as electricity consumers, is flawed on two fronts.

How utilities will commit suicide by solar

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Off-grid systems will be increasingly affordable for average households – so if grid operators continue protectionist policies to block homes from exporting solar, it will just force more savvy PV owners to disconnect.

Planned cut to RET 'a free kick' for fossil fuels

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There's no technical limit preventing more than 20% renewable energy in a power system, with experts saying Australia could reach 90% renewable electricity by 2040 by natural attrition of existing fossil fuel power stations.

Government issues renewables death warrant

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Minister Ian Macfarlane has finally declared the government's hand on the Renewable Energy Target - it would be devastating for wind power and large-scale solar and, potentially, also commercial rooftop solar.

UNSW academics unite for divestment push

Open letter from 102 calls for vice-chancellor to act on fossil fuels.

US-China co-op could veer world back to 2 degrees

Twin superpowers could reduce 2020 overshoot by 23% with 'global best practise' policy adoptions.

Forget divestment, all capital markets are queasy on climate

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The risk for fossil fuels is now on the downside, with contraction more likely. Climate change has expanded from social cause to real and present investment headache.

Tesla meets Alibaba; SolarCity taps online debt

The week in clean energy saw both green cars and green bonds expand their online presence, in China and the US respectively, while Vestas set a record for power produced by a turbine in a single day.

Hunt dodges per capita question

Minister won't be drawn on Australia's last-place ranking in OECD per capita emissions.

Warburton review cost $580,000

Estimates reveals panel member, consultancy payments.

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