Wind power

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

CCA to conduct 'limited' RET Review

Authority to bow to legislative requirement to probe policy.

Capital may see record-sized turbines

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Australia's biggest blades slated for proposed wind farm.

King Island wind farm feasibility study nearly complete

Viability of $2 billion, 600MW project soon to be revealed.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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?

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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?

ARENA backs 'one-stop shop' for renewables mapping

Grant of $2.1m to aid renewables development with spatial information platform.

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