Tristan Edis

Power networks ignoring solar and energy efficiency - AEMO

The Australian Energy Market Operator suggests the power networks are still inflating their demand forecasts. What's extraordinary is AEMO reveals most still don't consider the impact of energy efficiency or solar on demand.

Energy agency's warning to government on RET

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The International Energy Agency projects that solar could be cheaper than coal, but it hinges on clear, stable policy. Meanwhile, Australian investors representing $1 trillion in funds have warned Prime Minister Abbott he's about to trash precisely that.

Abbott's 'good global citizen' needs a priorities rethink

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In a speech to the UN late last week, the Prime Minister said Australia can 'step up' to make the world a better place. But are his and the globe's priorities driven by emotion or calculated logic?

Gas lobby attacks support for solar

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Says gas prices will drop if small-scale renewable target is abolished because gas consumption will rise.

Reducing pollution - not half as hard as governments think

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The government may have overestimated the gap to achieve its 2020 emissions reduction target by close to 100%. This comes on top of it cutting the projected abatement task almost in half less than a year earlier. Is cutting carbon pollution really as hard as economists believe?

Poor old coal: Australia's latest protected species

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It started with the carbon price billion dollar handout, then it moved onto trying to slice the RET. Now we have the Energy Green Paper entertaining the idea of assisting the exit of a power generator. Why are government officials so keen to intervene to help coal generators out of commercial difficulties?

South Australia's 'do nothing' renewables target

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Jay Weatherill has announced a renewables target to make the climate-concerned weep with joy - 50% renewables by 2025. Wow! But electricity market data indicates the target will be achieved in 2016-17. What's going on here?

Ho hum - Energy Green Paper déjà vu

The Energy Green Paper has been released but you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a copy-paste job from the 2012 white paper ... or the 2004 white paper. Also we're going to be an 'energy superpower', so best not worry about climate change.

Banishing the hippies from the energy-climate debate

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Yet another report has come out explaining how technology, not hippie communes, can allow us to address climate change. It builds on countless earlier reports that embrace the importance of energy rather than 'kumbaya'.

Greg Hunt - the lazy student who got lucky

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The government has little to offer at the UN climate change summit in New York tomorrow and its Direct Action policy appears to have been eaten by a dog. Yet in spite of failing to do its homework, new data suggests it could hit its emission reduction target.

The misguided energy superpower narrative

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The government would do well to listen to the advice given by Ken Henry recently because its vision of Australia as an 'affordable energy superpower' fails to realise that, even were this true, it ain't worth much.

How shale gas shows cheap energy is no saviour

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Data on manufacturing output since the US shale gas boom began suggests being an affordable energy superpower isn't what some would have you believe, with Germany's manufacturers doing better than the US.

Hancock gives GVK a payment reprieve

Developer of huge Galilee coal mine granted extension on payment deadline, fuelling doubts about the project.

Will China's dirty coal ban hurt Australian miners?

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Some media are suggesting that a move by China to ban the use of dirtier forms of coal will hurt Australian coal exports – but the opposite could be true.

Does - REBATE TO BE SLASHED! - boost solar sales?

The latest solar sales data is in - so are customers responding to threats about the end of the rebate? And is it a fair claim, anyway, given the Senate is saying the Warburton Review is 'dead on arrival' and should 'go in the bin'?

Is Abbott enveloped in a London Fog?

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Our first go at industrialisation saw Londoners choking on coal smoke. An extraordinary alliance of world leaders and economists has shown what commonsense already tells us - that is not the only recipe for economic success.

Shorten 'bins' Warburton: Where to next?

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Bill Shorten has echoed Mark Butler, saying the Warburton recommendations 'belong in the bin'. It narrows the field of what's possible, pointing to a tricky target-date extension.

Too much supply does not equal blackouts

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Yet again we are greeted with a newspaper headline telling us too much power supply will mean not enough power supply ... so the government has to cut the RET. What a load of illogical nonsense.

Renewables industry calls the government's bluff

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The Clean Energy Council issued a statement yesterday telling Ian Macfarlane they're not interested in volunteering themselves to be sacrificed. It reflects a belief that while the government talks tough, they are in fact weak and vulnerable on the RET.

Macfarlane's ridiculous RET negotiating position

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Ian Macfarlane is trying to switch the onus of RET negotiations to Labor, and the industry, to come to him. But given it is his government that wants to change the law, shouldn't he detail what needs to change and the problem it will solve, besides improving coal generators' profits?

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