Tristan Edis

Macfarlane threatens: take my RET deal or else

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The government has now publicly confirmed a large-scale RET offer above the 30,000GWh range, with Greg Hunt saying he's optimistic of a deal with Labor soon that goes 'significantly further' than 20%. However, Ian Macfarlane is striking a very different tone.

Brandis politicised the Human Rights Commission long ago

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Tony Abbott and George Brandis have apparently lost confidence in the political impartiality of the Human Rights Commission ... a year after appointing to it an ideological soulmate with an advanced degree in carbon price sabotage.

Could the retailers be sidestepped?

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As the LGC spot price grows and a compromise looms on the RET, might a few developers and financiers decide it's worth the risk to dive in and build some projects, even without a long term power purchase contract?

Experts to review energy market announced

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Dr Michael Vertigan, Euan Morton and Prof. George Yarrow to evaluate organisational structures for how Australia's energy market is governed.

Minister, solar’s (shrinking) quality problem is your job

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Rather than sending letters of demand to others that fan alarmist claims about solar safety, Greg Hunt would be better asking himself why his government doesn't bother to test the performance of solar panels receiving support under the Renewable Energy Target.

Exposing the solar subsidies 'scandal'

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Are billions of dollars going to subsidising faulty solar panels, as two major newspapers have asserted? Here's what the figures say...

Tesla home battery pack '6 months away'

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In a sign of widespread utility interest, Elon Musk says a Tesla-only design - to go with its SolarCity tie-up - is complete, with details only two months away and production just six.

Have utilities lost the war against solar?

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The alliance against rooftop solar appears to have been thwarted thanks to a grass roots campaign. Power companies are now scrambling to embrace solar via bundling it with power and other smart appliances - an old idea dreamed up by environmentalists. But has its time finally come?

Abbott incites corporate civil disobedience

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Tony Abbott was out again hoping repeated exaggeration would overwhelm economic reality. It's funny until you realise it acts to endorse the big power retailers' suggestions they won't comply with their obligations under a Labor deal on the RET.

Origin readies for 20GW of solar PV

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Chief Grant King begrudgingly acknowledges big future for solar, and looking to rebuild dominant position in solar through selling via power purchase contracts.

Grant King says big cuts to RET unlikely, but still defiant

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The Origin chief now thinks the policy will survive in some form, even though he has persistently argued the scheme was in need of a major fix.

Shovel-ready: Can Australia meet the new Renewable Energy Target?

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A compromise deal on the Renewable Energy Target is nearing - with a Coalition MP now ratcheting up the pressure. A wide range of targets are on the table, but the sector looks ready to meet any scenario.

Has our national health body fallen victim to climate politics?

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When the national health research body said more research into the effects of wind turbines on human health was 'warranted', many would think they had found reason to suspect a problem. But the reason was politics. It marks a saddening new low in the politicisation of science.

UK to phase out coal as Australia phases out renewable energy

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The United Kingdom’s three main political parties have jointly agreed to put climate policy above politics. In Australia both parties have the same emissions reduction targets – but investors can see nothing but politics.

Coming changes to Climate Spectator

Climate Spectator is expanding with a new look, new name and subscription change.

Auctions away - but ERF doubts still remain

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The first round of Emissions Reduction Fund auctions will be held in two months, but the government is still yet to lay out rules for many emission sources while the disappearance of a study of the five-year contract feature's effectiveness may also limit bids.

Terry McCrann - why do you bother?

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The latest attack on me, where I'm described as a 'liar' and renewable energy as 'useless', from one of Australia's conservative elite commentariat is so disconnected from reality and basic logic it's impossible to resist responding.

Government looking to back away from real 20% RET

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Indications are the Government will drop insistence on reducing renewable energy target to a real 20% and is floating a large scale target in the "low 30,000GWh" with stakeholders. Is a deal on the RET imminent?

How big power retailers' discount deception is helping solar

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Reports that Energy Australia might be split up highlights the difficulties power companies are having in making their investments pay-off. Their focus on tricky 'discount offers' may actually be encouraging people to wean themselves off grid power.

Solar meets 15% of SE QLD residential power demand in January

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South-east Queensland power network operator Energex releases latest data on January solar connections and power generation.

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