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AGL CEO: Scrap RET, start again fresh

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AGL's Michael Fraser claims investors no longer have confidence in RET sufficient to support investment in new projects, suggests we need new policy framework which also encourages exit of old generators. Self-serving - yes, but can we restore investor confidence?

Whitlam’s boldness killed by tabloid politics

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The Victorian election campaign is being drowned in mediocrity, as bold policies - including climate measures - fall foul of cost-of-living fundamentalists.

Labor rejects proposed RET cut, will cost 'thousands of jobs'

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Negotiations at impasse, government's proposed 60% cut to renewable energy construction will 'ruin renewable energy industry' says Labor.

Slashing the RET – it’s about defending mates, not consumers

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Apparently we need to slash the RET to reduce power bills. That's what they also said about the repealing the carbon tax. So what do the latest inflation figures show we actually saved and can we trust them that this isn't just about helping out their corporate mates?

Government issues renewables death warrant

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Minister Ian Macfarlane has finally declared the government's hand on the Renewable Energy Target - it would be devastating for wind power and large-scale solar and, potentially, also commercial rooftop solar.

Four misleading mistakes about coal vs renewables

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Analysts and journalists can be easily led up the garden path about how important coal is, and how renewables will never amount to anything. Here's four ways you could be misled if you're not careful.

SunEdison ponders $2b polysilicon plant; supply approaching 85GW

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Solar polysilicon production tipped to reach 85GW by 2016, as SunEdison considers low cost $6/kg plant in China.

India ups solar target to 15 GW

Modi Government to use reverse auction to obtain 15 GW under five-year plan.

The demise of gas in one chart

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One Grattan Institute chart illustrates that the gas distribution business is in serious trouble and shows why they are so desperate to tear down the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

VEET to remain for 2015 as govt pulls bill to abolish scheme

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Energy efficiency target to remain at 5.4m tonnes of CO2 for 2015, but Coalition vows to reduce target if elected in November.

Opening the hood on networks could turbo-charge distributed energy

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A new mapping tool could unveil the mystery surrounding the true state of power networks, opening up more room and less pain for small-scale power generation, energy management solutions and battery storage.

The US giant planning an Aussie solar shake-up

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Rooftop solar has failed to take off on business premises in Australia but SunEdison's latest acquisitions show it's deadly serious about blowing open this segment with its US-style leasing model.

Old utilities know better than Abbott

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Old government utilities such as Ergon Energy and Synergy now believe that small-scale power options - such as solar, batteries and energy efficiency - are superseding the need for grid expansions. New analysis from the IEA shows how big a change they could make.

Abbott's kinda right – coal was ‘good for humanity’

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The Prime Minister may not be too good at science but he's very good on history - coal was good for humanity. You can demonise him and coal if you like, but far better to explain why science and technology trumps history.
0 remote off-grid communities to go solar in NT
10 megawatts of solar to enable substantial displacement of diesel fuel for power.

Deal or no deal - Shorten says a real 20% RET is unreal

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Labor's Bill Shorten has said dismissed the idea of slashing the RET to a 'real 20%' describing it as vandalism and unreal. Meanwhile Minister Hunt continues to talk about the target as being 20%, but there's a face saving opportunity for the Coalition to compromise.

Renewables vs aluminium - what's going on?

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Speculation is rife aluminium has won itself a full exemption from the RET - up from 70% - and that means a reduced target. But is that right, and why are we exempting so many other industries at the expense of other consumers?

Victoria voluntarily heads backwards on energy smarts

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The Victorian government says it will replace its energy efficiency scheme with decent alternatives. Sadly, its voluntary home energy-rating policy is doomed to mediocrity.

Declining energy demand? It's energy efficiency, stupid!

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The IEA has found that energy consumption across the developed world was lower in 2011 than 10 years earlier – and the main reason wasn't the GFC, nor was it the offshoring industry.

Prospects darken for Victoria's energy efficiency future

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As the world starts to quantify the startling benefits of energy efficiency, the Napthine Government is using dubious logic to kill a Victorian scheme delivering a net $100m boost to the state's economy.

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