Renewable energy

AGL CEO: Scrap RET, start again fresh

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AGL's Michael Fraser claims investors no longer have confidence in RET sufficient to support investment in new projects, suggests we need new policy framework which also encourages exit of old generators. Self-serving - yes, but can we restore investor confidence?

Napthine blames wind job cuts on developers

Premier says imported towers led to job cuts; RET talks point to 'mid-30s' offer.

Here come the rest: Micropower's quiet takeover

Micropower - a category defined as modern renewables plus cogeneration – now produces one-quarter of world electricity ... yet some utilities still regard it as trivial.

The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

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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.

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.

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?

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.

Wind tower maker sheds 100 jobs amid RET uncertainty

Portland metal fabricator and wind turbine maintenance business Keppel Prince forced to mothball operations.

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.

Macfarlane backs Warburton RET position

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Macfarlane delivers blow to clean energy industry, wants a floating target tied to rising demand.

Government, ALP to hold RET talks

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Government, Labor to deal on renewable energy target, Industry Minister holds target at 20% real.

Counting all costs, wind and solar are the cheapest

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An Ecofys study has had a crack at levelising the true cost of energy across Europe, and has found wind is cheapest with solar and nuclear next.

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.

Warburton review cost $580,000

Estimates reveals panel member, consultancy payments.

Four misleading mistakes about coal vs renewables

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Analysts and journalists can be easily led up the garden path about how important coal is, and how renewables will never amount to anything. Here's four ways you could be misled if you're not careful.

Abbott, Klein and the search for climate's quiet majority

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From Tony Abbott's 'coal's good for humanity' to Naomi Klein's capitalist bogeyman, the climate change debate desperately needs to see the rise of the rational middle.

CCA to conduct 'limited' RET Review

Authority to bow to legislative requirement to probe policy.

Utility PV extends lead as Asia takes over

Large-scale solar PV installations have taken over rooftop installs as markets shift east.

The demise of gas in one chart

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One Grattan Institute chart illustrates that the gas distribution business is in serious trouble and shows why they are so desperate to tear down the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

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