Renewable energy

The demise of gas in one chart

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.

Solar PV price check - October

Continued slimming of installer margins in the shadow of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Energy Target has rooftop solar system prices down across most capital cities.

How the electricity industry is blocking solar in Australia: Part II

Any chance they get, and from state to state, utilities are putting up barriers to solar uptake; from delaying installers to audaciously stopping FIT payments. Sadly, policymakers seem to be in on the game, too.

Ocean wave energy study gathers momentum

Bombora Wave and university to boost converters research.

Opening the hood on networks could turbo-charge distributed energy

A new mapping tool could unveil the mystery surrounding the true state of power networks, opening up more room and less pain for small-scale power generation, energy management solutions and battery storage.

Grid maps to 'boost renewables': ARENA

Agency tips $425,000 into online NEM maps to boost clean energy integration.

Natural gas is 'not the answer' on emissions

Without new policies to regulate emissions, the 'gas revolution' could end up drawing investment away from not just coal but renewables and nuclear too.

Abbott's fossil fuel ire is misplaced

Prime Minister Abbott should pressure firms to reveal which fossil fuel assets may become stranded, rather than criticising investors seeking to protect themselves.

Record Hydro profit 'shows benefits of carbon price, RET for Tasmania'

Greens says continued state windfall at risk with policy uncertainty.

Activists seek endorsement for Vic wind laws softening

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Renewables advocates call on Red Tape Commissioner to investigate Napthine govt extreme-end wind farm rules.

Dissecting the global solar market

Solar PV growth rates grab attention but shipment volumes remain the ultimate goal. Here's a snapshot of global volumes, split between rooftop PV and 'big solar'.

Aussie Anglicans step up fossil fuel divestment

National super fund and Sydney dioceses joins other dioceses in investment withdrawal.

How the electricity industry is blocking solar in Australia

The electricity industry has taken its battle for dominance underground and into the murky world of service rules, incomprehensible retail tariffs and 'different rules if you have solar'.

Japan utilities repel renewables; UK solar feels pinch

The week in clean energy saw Japanese utilities trying to offset feed-in tariffs by blacklisting solar farms, while large-scale solar took an expected knock in Britain.

Abbott's kinda right – coal was ‘good for humanity’

The Prime Minister may not be too good at science but he's very good on history - coal was good for humanity. You can demonise him and coal if you like, but far better to explain why science and technology trumps history.

Napthine produces a sceptic's energy policy plan

The Victorian Government’s energy statement paints an expanded brown coal vision for the state, coupled with weakened energy efficiency and silence on renewables.

Gullen Range faces turbine relocation order

Developer Goldwind given 29 days to respond to legal challenge.

Deal or no deal - Shorten says a real 20% RET is unreal

Labor's Bill Shorten has said dismissed the idea of slashing the RET to a 'real 20%' describing it as vandalism and unreal. Meanwhile Minister Hunt continues to talk about the target as being 20%, but there's a face saving opportunity for the Coalition to compromise.

Outrage at ANU divestment shows the power of its idea

The Australian National University's divestment decision is only worth $16 million - but the outcry suggests it will be more influential than the numbers indicate.

Renewables vs aluminium - what's going on?

Speculation is rife aluminium has won itself a full exemption from the RET - up from 70% - and that means a reduced target. But is that right, and why are we exempting so many other industries at the expense of other consumers?