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The Parkinson Report

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    "Farcical" start to Tony Abbott’s renewable energy review

    “Farcical” start to Tony Abbott’s renewable energy review

    Tony Abbott’s RET Review labeled a farce as it loads the dice and appoints advisor to the fossil fuel industry’s previous campaign against renewables, and refuses to model the health, jobs and network benefits of renewable energy. It will also assume no carbon price before 2030.

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    Rooftop Solar: Does it really need the grid?

    The plunging cost of rooftop solar, the anticipated fall in battery costs, and the potential ability to buy a home energy system from the local hardware store, is causing a split between those that believe the grid will follow in the footsteps of the Post Office, and those that insist we can’t do without it.

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    Renewables review kicks off with big battle over numbers

    Renewables review kicks off with big battle over numbers

    The Abbott government’s controversial review of the renewable energy target kicks off this week, and the fate of the multi-billion dollar industry could depend on a debate about redrawing the definition of demand, and how to treat the output of rooftop solar.

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    Households invest billions in solar as utilities stall on big projects

    Households invest billions in solar as utilities stall on big projects

    Adding solar systems at a rate of 13,000 a month, Australian households invested nearly $3bn in rooftop PV in 2013, and have accounted for nearly all clean energy investment in the country in 2014, as utilities pull the plug on large-scale projects.

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    Hunt commits to 'cleaner' coal, as renewables despair deepens

    Hunt commits to ‘cleaner’ coal, as renewables despair deepens

    Environment minister sees future in ‘clean’ coal, and refuses to endorse renewables. This comes as new data shows large-scale renewable projects at a standstill, and as industry finds doors closed in Canberra. Meanwhile, new data show electricity emissions have fallen 5 per cent in past year.