Tristan Edis

Briqs in our heads: Burnt by the carbon games companies play

Built for another age, HRL's horrendously polluting power plant and briquette factory in Morwell is finally on the way out. Its dogged survival is a harsh lesson for policymakers.

Smart grid better because it discourages solar?

The $100m the government has allocated to smart grid trials led by Ausgrid has come up with a counter-intuitive result that smart grid technology will be of moderate benefit in reducing peak demand and network investment, but will be very good at deterring solar installations.

How solar may become a service, not a system

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A presentation at Clean Energy Week succinctly showed just how unlikely it was for a customer-driven grid death spiral to occur via solar, due to the complexity of system purchases. But could leasing open the floodgates?

Will nothing remain after carbon tax repeal?

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With elements within business and the Coalition supportive of an ETS, and electricity-intensive industries losing clout, surely something must re-emerge to fill the climate policy void.

Echo chamber: A sequel to power price scaremongering

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a Deloitte report finding against the consensus on the renewables' effect. It wouldn't be the first time the ACCI chief has been off the mark on power prices.

Three reasons why big solar changes what’s possible

Time is ticking on the Renewable Energy Target and wind turbines don’t just spring out of the ground overnight. But competitive utility-scale solar could be the game-changer.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

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Some utility-scale solar developers are talking up the prospects of PV plants being about 40% cheaper, and matching wind's viability. They just need to get bankers thinking similarly.

Hunt learns to love the CEFC but delivers veiled threat on RET

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The Environment Minister has given the first sign the government is undergoing a pragmatic rethink of its jihad on carbon reduction initiatives and institutions in light of Clive Palmer's Al Gore moment.

Alice Springs gets big new solar power project

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Epuron to expand its Uterne solar PV project by 3.1MW with $13m non-concessional loan from CEFC.

Solar leasing model receives gov't green bank boost

Three companies offering solar systems via no money down, long-term electricity contracts and leasing receive $120m financing from Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Coalition's CEFC absurdity; ARENA axe still hovers

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Addressing the clean energy industry in Sydney, the government's Bob Baldwin has reiterated the Coalition's determination to axe the green bank for budget reasons – just as it delivers a healthy year of results.

Gas suppliers failing to play by Abbott’s script

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Rather than becoming a ‘cheap energy superpower’, a new study from business itself suggests Australia is facing a manufacturing wrecking ball in the form of gas.

Why Abbott's promised bill savings are wrong

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The Government is promising average households will save $200 per year on their power bill from repeal of the carbon tax. The reality is most households will see far lower savings.

The carbon repeal hangover

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Both the Australian Industry Group and the Business Council of Australia are now making sounds that we still need an emissions trading scheme. Meanwhile consumer savings from repealing the current carbon price are hard to pin down.

How Julia became Ju-Liar and sank the carbon price

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In economics there isn't much difference between a carbon tax or a carbon trading scheme and neither are considered evil. But on 24 February 2011 when Julia Gillard said she was happy to use the word tax to describe her emissions trading scheme it made the world of difference and led to its subsequent repeal.

Carbon price falls - Kevin Rudd’s day of shame

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Not all that long ago there was bi-partisan agreement to put a price on carbon. But thanks to an egotistical, control freak it all unravelled.

What Four Corners didn't reveal about renewables

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While the Four Corners program aired last week lamented Australia's position in the global renewables race, I was actually left uplifted and optimistic looking back to an eerily similar 2007 episode of Four Corners.

Carbon price gone, but never dead

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'Axe the carbon tax' was a good slogan but it won’t outlast sound principles of economics, nor the physics of the atmosphere. You can't kill a good idea - and an emissions trading scheme will become law again.

Business Council’s two-consultant trick exposed

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The corporate lobbyist is at it again, plastering a new report on renewables with the good name of a reputable firm while the actual conclusions come from a different analyst firm.

Graphite stocks soar on hopes of battery boom

Australian resource stocks focussed on key battery input of graphite experience strong first half.

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