Renewable energy

Germany to close brown coal power plants

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Government to mothball 2700 megawatts to achieve carbon emission reductions.

Are batteries what energy consumers really need?

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Affordable home energy storage coupled with solar offers amazing potential. But if solar retailers really want to help their customers lower their power bills there's a few other options they should consider first.

Renewable certificates at record peaks

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Renewable energy certificates are now hitting record peaks. Solar rebate certificates or STCs are hitting the price cap and large-scale certificates or LGCs are now well and truly out of the doldrums lodged above $50.

Brazil lifts renewable energy target

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In announcement with Obama, Brazilian president says climate change 'central challenge of the 21st century'.

Alberta's $30 carbon price, Australia's renewables boost

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In the world of clean energy this past week - Canada's Alberta will be doubling its carbon price to $30/tonne, renewables to grab two thirds of new power investment globally, a Republican Senator praised Obama for acting on climate change and things looking up for renewables in Australia.

Construction of Port Fairy wave power unit complete

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BioPower Systems 250kW prototype power generating unit constructed, with ocean installation in November.

US states shoot high with renewable energy targets

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A significant number of US states have their own renewable energy targets or standards with Hawaii recently increasing its target to 100% renewables and Vermont aiming for 75%.

Google taps old coal's electric infrastructure for green-powered alternative

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Converting a dying Tennessee coal plant - down to just one of its original eight generators - Google's $600m renewable energy plant replacement will fuel the latest of its energy-hungry data centres.

AEMO: Batteries will be cheap but no one will want them or electric vehicles

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New research by our grid operator suggests minimal market for home energy storage or electric vehicles, but not because batteries will be too expensive but rather because they think solar will get more and more expensive.

With Abbott in charge, why are business lobby groups worried about climate policy?

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Major business groups representing big polluters including the BCA, ESAA and AiG have teamed up with environmental activists to call for emission reduction policies that aren't simply seen as a joke by investors. Why would they care?

ClimateWorks: Australia can halve emissions by 2030

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Energy efficiency in buildings, industry and transport would bring Australia’s emissions back to 2005 levels by 2030. Then switching to renewables in the electricity sector, and powering more sectors with that green energy, plus some land use changes and a switch to biofuel and gas in some areas, would finish the job.

Investors press 'go' on 3rd largest wind farm - has the big renewables drought ended?

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$450m has been committed to construction of the Ararat Wind Farm, breaking a two-year investment drought with a bang. But it's not yet clear that passage of the new RET means other investors will flock in, although they probably should.

Group gets green light for Vic wind farm

by AAP
Consortium to move ahead on $450m Ararat proposal.

The future grid is about more than just smart meters

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Batteries, microgrids, automated devices ... these are the ideas dominating our view of Australia's future grid. But changing lifestyle patterns too, such as our rapidly evolving approach to pet ownership, means the grid'll be defined by more than just technologies.

Origin wins 263kW solar project on 15 year PPA

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Provides solar power at 5 c/kWh discount to Australian Mint in Canberra under one of the largest power purchase agreement deals to date.

Why the wind farm commissioner is a great idea

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Greg Hunt's wind commissioner idea to appease anti-wind crossbenchers could yet do more good than harm. It's worth going through the largely meaningless promises one by one.

SA network's solar penalty knocked-out but others remain

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The regulator's decision to reject South Australia's punitive solar network tariff is a welcome first. But multiple network businesses nationwide still have discriminatory tariffs for solar households.

Can we put the anti-renewable energy jihad behind us?

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After the new RET legislation was passed there was a flurry of trades in renewable energy certificates. But this painfully long two-year political rollercoaster has left investor confidence shaken.

Vic not happy with Labor over RET

by AAP
Greens amendment would have given states leeway to set own target.

The Liberal Party's broad church still very cool on climate

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The party's federal council meeting this weekend will call for the government not to sign 'any binding agreement' in Paris, while its regional committee still says the science is uncertain.

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