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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Vic Election: Labor pledges $20m renewables fund, ill wind blows for Coalition

Vic Election: Labor pledges $20m renewables fund, ill wind blows for Coalition

News of more wind industry job losses in Napthine electorate coincides with Vic Labor election pledge to set up $20m renewables investment fund.

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India maps giant solar parks on road to 100GW solar target

India maps giant solar parks on road to 100GW solar target

India confirms 12 of 25 sites for ‘ultra-mega’ solar parks of 500-1,000MW, as it aims for 100GW capacity by 2022 – five times previous target.

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RET under new threat from cross benchers after Lambie quits PUP

RET under new threat from cross benchers after Lambie quits PUP

The former Palmer United Party’s new turn as an Independent means the RET is even more likely to be sliced and diced, but not by the Coalition you think.

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Wind energy tops new US power generation – coal nowhere to be seen

Wind energy tops new US power generation – coal nowhere to be seen

Report highlights rise of renewables – and demise of new coal – in US as wind power provides nearly 70% of new generating capacity in October.

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Tech guru says battery storage 'truly disruptive'

Tech guru says battery storage ‘truly disruptive’

Australian battery storage maker RedFlow caps off year of commercialisation and fund raising with appointment of top tech investor Simon Hackett.

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Abbott's emissions bluff steering Australia into $100bn carbon hole

Abbott’s emissions bluff steering Australia into $100bn carbon hole

UN takes aim at Australia for veering off carbon targets after dumping carbon price. Meanwhile, it releases updated global carbon budget, as more research suggests that Australia will head for $100 billion carbon hole if it is to use Direct Action to match international efforts.

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Greens target Victoria's dirtiest coal plants in state election pledge

Greens target Victoria’s dirtiest coal plants in state election pledge

Victorian Greens pledge to shut down Victoria’s dirtiest coal power plants as soon as next year, if they win the balance of power in next week’s election.

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Solar + wind as cheap as coal to meet Turkey's future energy needs

Solar + wind as cheap as coal to meet Turkey’s future energy needs

BNEF study finds renewables mix heavy in solar PV, wind could meet Turkey’s growing energy needs between now and 2030 at same cost as coal.

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Coalition pushes new Senate Inquiry in bid to stop wind

Coalition pushes new Senate Inquiry in bid to stop wind

Having lost the battle on health, the anti-wind brigade wants another Senate Inquiry, this time into wind’s effect on emissions, power prices and fauna.

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City of Melbourne looks to buy renewables direct from market

City of Melbourne looks to buy renewables direct from market

City of Melbourne gathers like-minded local govts and businesses to ‘challenge the market’ to supply the right renewables solutions at the right price.

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SA leads renewables investment, NSW and Victoria out of race

SA leads renewables investment, NSW and Victoria out of race

Climate Council report says NSW and Victoria gone “from leaders to laggards” in Australian renewables race. Thank goodness for South Australia!