Tristan Edis

Why the Direct Action auction has a suspicious whiff of rubbish abatement

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A joint ABC Lateline-Climate Spectator investigation of landfill gas projects awarded large contracts under the Emission Reduction Fund finds many date back over ten years, indeed as far back as 1997. It suggests that a third to a half of the abatement volume contracted in the first auction would have happened anyway.

Origin moves to optimism on RET while AGL won't invest unless coal shut down

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Origin Energy says it now has greater confidence to invest in wind and large-scale solar with prices at a 'level required for new wind projects'. While AGL continues to say its wallet is shut unless gov't moves to address overcapacity by shutting down existing coal plant.

Why AGL wants to get into solar

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AGL believes that solar is here to stay irrespective of what happens with government policy and regulations. But without new models of selling solar as a packaged power service they believe 50% of the market will remain uninterested in solar, and this spells the demise of the small solar installer.

Grattan says solar a $10 billion waste - I’d agree, if it was still 2009

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Back in 2009 and even 2011, if all we cared about was reducing the largest amount of emissions within just a few years solar PV would be towards the bottom of the list. Yet in the 3½ years since I left the Grattan Institute solar PV costs have dropped so far that it's worth celebrating rather than lamenting.

NSW Govt breaking its privatisation power price promises

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NSW consumers already pay twice as much as Victorians in network charges. The energy regulator in its latest determination failed to address this discrepancy, yet the NSW Government via Networks NSW has sent in the lawyers to get even more money from consumers.

Yingli Solar says it is mitigating financial difficulties

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Chairman says he believes company will meet repayment obligations, company 'confident' about continuing operations.

Could wood waste be a Trojan horse to wreck the RET?

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Making native forest wood waste eligible under the RET is unlikely to make a material difference to solar and wind projects by itself. But anti-RET senators Leyonhjelm and Day could use it for ends that extend beyond just wood waste.

Morgan Stanley downgrades Origin and AGL due to Tesla Powerwall

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Bank survey finds 50% of Australian households interested in purchasing sub-$10,000 battery system. Foresees market of 2.4m households with solar and batteries that will hit Origin and AGL earnings by $100m each.

Think the iron ore inquiry's a waste of money? Then have a look at wind farms

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‘A ridiculous waste of taxpayers money’ is probably a good description of the iron ore inquiry being pushed by Twiggy Forrest, but it’s an even better description of the countless inquiries the wind industry has been subjected to. Comic relief is the only cure for the Aussie epidemic of 'wind farm inquiry' sickness.

Solar giant Yingli reveals serious financial difficulties

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Annual report of world's second largest solar PV maker raises doubts about ability to continue as "going concern".

Could Origin and AGL rediscover their love of green?

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The big power retailers have fought tooth and nail to have the Renewable Energy Target wound back. But with money now clearly on the table and changing circumstances devaluing other options, who knows – they might even live up to the rhetoric in their advertisements and save the RET from a still sword-brandishing minister.

How Tesla’s vapourware can create a serious battery marketplace

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Home energy storage is a bit like teenagers and sex – everyone’s talking about it, not many are doing it. Tesla’s Powerwall isn’t even available for sale, but by the sheer power of Elon Musk’s mystique he is already forcing everyone else to convert his dream into reality.

RET deal to pass parliament in spite of wood waste inclusion

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While the government has said it will present the amendments as one legislative package to the Senate, Labor will move for them to be broken into separate parts.

Origin offers solar power at a third of grid prices – 11 cents/kWh

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Origin Energy is now offering to install solar for a power price that is around third what it would charge for power from the grid. It is potentially revolutionary, low enough to suggest that solar could soon be plastered across businesses’ rooftops around the country.

Thanks to solar, Australia has the cheapest electricity in the developed world

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Three years ago Australia was bearing the brunt of network gold-plating, but our affordable solar systems has drastically tipped the electricity ledger on its head.

How much will I save on my bill from a Tesla Powerwall? It’s complicated

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Evaluating whether a battery makes sense and how big it should be will really require more sophisticated tools than households or solar retailers have been used to.

Is the Vic Govt using Abbott as an excuse for inaction on renewables?

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The Andrews government has again called for repeal of federal legislation precluding states from introducing renewable energy targets. While it puts welcome focus on the issue, there's a lot more Spring Street could do to fight climate change.

ARENA hobbled via a budgetary backdoor

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While ARENA’s core funding to support projects remains safe thanks to the Senate, the government has found a backdoor to hobble the organisation which has thrown staffing into turmoil.

The budget blows away Abbott’s Direct Action fig leaf

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Trying to nail down whether Direct Action will meet our targets has been a bit like trying to nail down a ghost. But now we have another year of funding revealed, it doesn't look good for Greg Hunt.

Another coal power plant bites the dust – one with 94% utilisation

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Even though Anglesea's 150MW brown coal plant was nearly half a century old, it seemingly had many more years left in it - making the lack of a buyer so intriguing.

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