Policy & Politics

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

1 comment
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 RET-wrecking template

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has devised a scheme where he gives the Coalition a political path to its 'real 20 per cent', basically by gutting new wind development in favour of handouts to existing hydro.

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.

AER renames network regulatory process

Five-year rulings to be known as 'Demand Management and Embedded Generation Incentive Scheme'.

Why AGL is mistaken on solar subsidies

AGL's chief economist claims to have pinned down solar subsidies, but they ignore the main 'wealth transfer': network overbuild.

Has Peabody been fibbing about its G20 coal supporters?

The coal major took to the G20 proud claims of 500,000-strong online support for its campaign on coal and energy poverty. Unsurprisingly, analysis of social media accounts shows that support was probably faked.

Newman and Bishop's bizarre reef whinge to Obama

The personal offence senior Coalition politicians have taken from Barack Obama's statement of concern for the future of the Great Barrier Reef appears to indicate either they didn't actually read his speech or they suffer from a profound ignorance of scientific research that is decades old.

Lambie clueless, but does it matter?

Jacqui Lambie announced today she would help the government cut the RET and the CEFC. Her reasons illustrate profound ignorance which insiders say is a product of a puppet master inside her office opposed to wind power. But it matters little.

Is the AER about to give Baird an early Christmas present?

1 comment
The energy regulator is set to announce a decision that will impact on moves to further privatise Australia’s electricity distribution network.

Senator Lambie, the RET is a money spinner for Tasmania

1 comment
Reducing the Renewable Energy Target would transfer great chunks of revenue from Tasmanian renewables, mainly hydro generators, to mainland power companies – while consumers would lose, too.

Optimism for agreement on 'super GHGs'

Slow progress as countries fail to agree on measures to curb refrigerator gases.

Germany looks to close another 8 coal plants

Coal-fired power stations kill-list expanded to 58 as emissions shortfall looms.

Is the Future Fund falling behind the divestment curve?

1 comment
While environmental campaigners call for divestment on moral grounds, financial experts increasingly agree that fossil fuels carry growing risks. Yet the Future Fund chair dismisses the latter concern.

The network lobby is demonising solar, but missing the point

The logic surrounding across-the-board network capacity charges is seriously flawed. But instead of addressing this absurdity, the electricity network lobby just complicates the mess with its cross-subsidy cherrypicking.

Exposing the power grid lobby’s 5 mistakes on grid disconnection

The ENA has used outlying figures and dodgy logic to form its arguments against grid disconnection. In reality, solar with battery systems are safe and increasingly affordable.