Tristan Edis

Xenophon's theoretical stick and Hunt's missing carrots

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The government's Direct Action scheme will pass the Senate but it doesn't pass muster. Senator Xenophon reckons he's added some stick but there's no trigger to use it and Minister Hunt's still pretending he's got enough carrots.

SRES uncertain as industry urge Shorten to stick to 41,000GWh target

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Government refuses to clarify intentions on small scale renewable energy target.

First Solar to build $US86/MWh project

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An auction for 500MW of solar PV in India has thrown up some power price bids that could mean wind and gas are in for serious competition. But it leaves one wondering why Australian solar projects are so far off the mark.

How mature is Tony Abbott?

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Tony Abbott is calling for a 'mature' debate on the GST. Yet just one simple chart illustrates how his choice of the scare campaign is a so much easier route to political power.

Are renewable energy investors gullible fools?

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Law firm Baker and McKenzie suggests owners of renewable energy projects will be financially ruined by the government's plan to cut the RET. But shouldn't they have seen this coming?

EU goes large on climate, with a 27% super-RET

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The EU has signed off on a renewables target that goes beyond just electricity while, crucially, also approving a 40% emissions reduction target which will bolster its ETS.

Is Abbott slashing or ‘recalibrating’ the renewables target? Ask a laid-off Keppel Prince employee

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The Coalition is claiming they aren't cutting the RET merely 'recalibrating' it because the target has always been 20%. The public's inability to understand a gigawatt-hour from a gigahertz means they could get away with it, but the public do understand 100 people losing their jobs.

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.

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