Tristan Edis

Climate Spectator will be taking a break

Climate Spectator will not be publishing next week, but will be back on October 19.

Frydenberg: Adani 'needs to stand on its own two feet'

Two days after Glencore complained about government subsidies to support new coal mines, it appears common sense is finally prevailing on the government about funding support for the Adani mega coal mine.

The map which shows batteries are a waste of time in NSW and QLD

A map developed by UTS illustrates that the greatest value of batteries - to avoid network costs - isn't much good in NSW & QLD, but it's a different story in Victoria.

The Minister whose success was built on a forecast revision

The Environment Minister is crowing that yet-to-be released emission projections will prove his policies to be a spectacular success. If so Direct Action really is an incredible policy capable of even influencing the weather.

Enphase to release its battery system mid 2016

1.2kWh modular self-contained battery system to be sold to distributors at wholesale price of $1,150/kWh.

Hunt: Paris is just the start of bigger emission cuts

The Environment Minister is very confident that countries will pledge further emission cuts in climate negotiations following Paris. It prompts the question: won’t the Coalition have to lift the ambitions of its own climate policy and can a Coalition climate civil war be avoided?

Hunt warns power companies: RET 'will not be reduced ever again'

If there were any doubts about whether Turnbull’s rise had improved the outlook for renewable energy investors, Environment Minister Greg Hunt erased them in a speech given yesterday.

First Aldi store rooftop coated in solar panels

Aldi supermarkets to install its first of potentially several solar systems on Tweed Heads store.

ANZ to limit lending to clean coal or just slightly less dirty coal?

ANZ's plan to restrict lending to clean coal projects makes it sound like the bank is taking action to combat emissions, when in fact it is hardly doing anything at all.

The Andrews Government's renewable energy target trickery

The Victorian Government has been keen to paint itself as pro-renewable energy. But it has been exposed by new analysis showing its 20 per cent renewable energy target will be achieved without it lifting a finger.

SolarCity claims highest efficiency solar panel

Elon Musk's solar retailer and soon to be module manufacturer claims mantle from SunPower.

Energy agency expects solar and wind to dominate new power capacity to 2020

The International Energy Agency believes half of new power additions globally will be made up of wind and solar in the coming five years. But it provides a warning about investor confidence almost perfectly targeted at the Australian Government.

Government to receive international carbon credit free kick

As suspected, it looks as though the government will use several million tonnes of international carbon credits towards its 2020 emission target, and all thanks to money from the carbon tax.

Major US utility declares batteries spell doom for gas turbines

NextEra CEO says by 2020 batteries could replace gas peakers, invests $100m in energy storage.

Paris pledges reduce warming to 2.7 degrees, is this the start of a blossoming romance?

The Paris pledges represent the first step of nations revealing to each other they want to address the climate change problem. The next test will be that they implement policies that show they are delivering on their promises.

The astounding plummeting cost of utility-solar

Lawrence Berkeley chart illustrates plummeting 70% drop in contract prices that now average $50 per megawatt-hour, driven not only by large drops in the capital costs of projects but also improved capacity factors.

Dyesol awarded $0.5m grant to pursue high efficiency, low cost solar cell

Grant to help Australian company commercialise perovskite solar technology with aim of cost breakthroughs.

The weaknesses in BHP's climate-deal stress tests

Some assume mining and emission reduction regulations are in conflict, but analysis from BHP Billiton shows it's more complex and suggests relatively little impact on their earnings. But there's some weaknesses in their assumptions.

Origin has credit issues but what’s AGL’s problem?

The renewable energy certificate market is booming, yet retailers aren’t much interested in bringing on new supply. Origin’s credit problems provide a new insight into why, but it can’t explain AGL’s contradictory climate stance.

Are the Minerals Council deluded, or do they think we’re stupid?

You've got to give the Minerals Council credit for persistence in the face of insurmountable facts against them with their decision to stick with their 'Coal is Amazing' PR campaign. Pity just one comment from the CEO and a single chart destroy their argument.