Australia’s official economic forecaster has finally admitted nuclear energy will likely play no role in a decarbonised grid based around lowest costs.
Articles by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson
Greens unveil plan for a 90 per cent renewable energy target – by 2030. Leader Richard di Natale says major parties have locked the country into industries of the last century, supporting coal and vested interests.
Abbott puts his foot down and insists Australia should trail the world on climate action. His proposed emissions reduction target for 2030 is what others say should be achieved by 2020. Not only does it reinforce Australia’s claim to exceptionalism, it creates massive economic risk.
Legislation to cut renewables target tabled in parliament. Scaled target proposed may favour large scale solar projects in latter years.
Shadow climate minister Mark Butler still hopeful of deal on RET, but Macfarlane digs in on two year reviews, and Coaliton MPs threaten to cross floor in RET vote.
States, territories agree to drive large-scale renewables uptake, as new report warns Australia risks economic crisis if it ignores shift to clean energy.
AGL vows to close its coal-fired plants by 2050. But that still means several more decades for Australia’s most polluting power plants.
The AEMC says consumer price rises are moderating, but not disappearing in some states. Most of that is due to rising network costs, but the regulator prefers to focus on renewables.
BHP flags carbon price, complementary policies to address climate change, former coal chief and board candidate Ian Dunlop says it’s still not enough.
CEC report says Victoria could easily adjust solar and energy efficiency policy to save hundreds of millions in costs, boost jobs and cut emissions.
CEC open letter signed by 17 leading renewables companies calls for RET certainty, warns of sovereign risk, rising electricity prices if RET changed.