In a renewable world, baseload generation is redundant
Denmark, Germany, Scotland and Ireland are all working out how to go 100% renewable. Could Australia do it too? A UNSW team updates its analysis and finds that baseload power generation is not needed; rather a little more PV, a little less solar thermal, and a lot of smart thinking and demand management.
Baillieu’s anti-climate strategy doesn’t add up
The Victorian Premier's scrapping of climate policies and proposed new coal allocations have been justified as smart economic decisions. But are they?
Climate extremes: A recipe for disaster
A new report details how climate change-related weather extremes, combined with societal vulnerabilities, can result in costly disasters.
Worley Parsons says LNG exports could be worse than coal
Far from being lower emissions, a report finds that CSG exported to China could, in fact, be much more emissions-intensive than coal.
Mixed Greens: Energy savings for SMEs
Low Carbon Australia unveils energy savings plans for small business; SunPower making super-efficient sells; and a get out of grid system for a US jail.
US heralds the demise of coal
The Obama administration’s proposed EPA rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants could go far in shutting down America's era of coal-fired power generation – a result the head of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign believes will be achieved as soon as 2030.
The merit order effect – actually, it’s a good thing
An upcoming paper from AGL seeks to demonise the merit order effect. But a transfer of wealth from generators to consumers can't be that bad.
The Racer: Pushing EVs beyond the fast lane
Lord Paul Drayson believes an all-electric race would win fans and show what EVs can do. And he's got a 850-horsepower prototype to prove it.
States falling through carbon pricing loophole
The federal government's flawed carbon pricing scheme is letting state governments off the hook on climate action.
CEFC: Why it should seek to distort and disrupt
Most submissions on the CEFC call for a softly, softly approach to financing. But a leading Australian innovator says Australia's push into clean energy risks being too timid and incremental, and we are now living in a world of exponential changes. PacHydro, meanwhile, suggests the energy market and the Energy White Paper wake up to climate change policies.
Newman takes aim at climate and renewables
The Can-Do Premier promises to Un-Do climate and green energy programs, threatening a $1.2bn flagships project. Ted Baillieu says 'me-too' and cans climate program.
Mixed Greens: Land of the rising solar
Solar set to boom under Japan's new policy; German solar subsidy cuts could be 30%; Tesla shares bounce; Melbourne's double-decker solar EV charge station.