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.3MW solar plant opens at University of Queensland
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First Solar power plant to employ multiple mounting and tracking technologies as well as battery storage.

Abbott Government trying to pull another Kyoto con

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The government is already offering excuses for why our post 2020 emission reduction targets should be weak. Yet these excuses could actually be used to argue for precisely the opposite.

Will green groups damn wind power to hibernation?

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Industry groups are pushing the Government to concede to the Clean Energy Council's compromise offer on the Renewable Energy Target with backbenchers adding to the call. But will environmental groups hold Labor back from such a deal - a move which would condemn large-scale renewables investment to the deep freeze.

Why the Abbott Government is 'generous', and you should be thankful

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Sure, the Coalition wants to cut the construction of new renewable energy capacity by 30% - but, as Ian Macfarlane implies, if you knew what they'd really wanted to do you would be thankful.

CEC gambles on 33,500 RET, will Abbott fold?

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The Clean Energy Council has blinked, conceding to a reduction in the large-scale RET to 33,500GWh. With Ian Macfarlane refusing to budge and Labor holding out too, have they just given ground for no pay-off? Don't give up hope just yet.

Privatisation scare campaign extends reach to WA

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The WA Government has baulked at implementing a series of reforms to its electricity market that would improve competition and potentially also encourage greater use of solar and energy efficiency.

Abbott’s world of diplomatic pain - in one chart

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Greg Hunt might like to celebrate Australia having curtailed CO2 growth relative to where error-riddled forecasts thought we would be. But on an emissions per person basis, Australia has some serious explaining to do.

Tide is turning against coal – will the Nationals be left high and dry?

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Monday's Q&A program revealed an undercurrent of anger in rural communities over the real and imagined impacts of coal mining and CSG. And with the economic case for such projects waning, the Nats may find their Coalition partner has hitched them to a wagon taking them over an electoral cliff.

Hunt contradicts Macfarlane on RET while fibbing again

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While Macfarlane says 32,000GWh is locked in stone, Hunt disowns the number leaving himself wriggle-room to negotiate. Yet his inaccurate verballing of the Climate Change Authority reveals a deal will be difficult to achieve.

Australia's biggest solar farm powers-up but solar's potential shines elsewhere

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AGL's 102MW Nyngan solar farm is now generating with the help of more than $200m in grants. Meanwhile another, almost secret, solar farm has been generating for almost year without getting a cent in government grants, and it provides a better demonstration of solar's potential.

Projected emissions slashed but Direct Action still doesn’t have enough cash

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Australia's emissions task is shrinking in the government's favour as projections fall short of reality. But for Direct Action to deliver our meagre 5% target, Greg Hunt will have to find abatement at remarkably low cost.

Will state governments save clean energy?

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With the federal sphere a complete mess, several state governments are now saying all the right things about wanting to encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency. But translating it into action is far harder. A cross-state joint renewable energy procurement auction would be a good start.

Climate Authority loses CEO

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Inaugural CEO, Anthea Harris, resigns from the Climate Change Authority while a number of board seats remain vacant.

Macfarlane concedes another 1000GWh, but rebuffed

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The Industry Minister has upped his original offer of 31,000GWh for the large-scale RET, but the magic behind why 32,000GWh is the right number isn’t explained. Is this Coalition strategy, or just a shambles?

Not another bloody trial of batteries, solar and energy efficiency!

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ARENA will fund WA utility Synergy to do yet another trial involving batteries, solar PV, energy efficiency and smart meters with developer Lend Lease. It could cut the cost of connecting new homes to the grid by thousands, but may also be the very definition of insanity.

Minister - do you really think Gina Rinehart, Rio and BHP are crazy?

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BHP, Rio and Rinehart's company are expanding iron ore production investing billions to supply an already oversupplied market. By Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane's own economic logic on the electricity market and renewable energy, they must be crazy because no one will buy their extra output. Or perhaps it's the Minister who's crazy?

Could solar fall short of target?

Data finds solar sales slowing 8.8% to year-to-date.

Three steps forward, two back: Coal's very messy progress

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Only one-in-three planned coal-fired power plants is going ahead worldwide, with construction rates even worse in India and a glut of capacity in China. Nonetheless, there's still cause for concern.

Aluminium red-herring detracts from the real RET tragedy

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As political parties talk up an elusive RET deal to 'save' energy-intensive industry such as aluminium, where the target burden is trivial, jobs in the clean energy sector are going by the wayside.

Emissions accomplished? How excited to get about 2014's carbon stall

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The IEA had expected China's coal demand to rise until 2030, but it dipped last year and with it world energy emissions stalled against a growing global economy. Is the bad ship CO2 really turning?

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