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Category: Australian Federal Government

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Australia's record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Australia’s record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Only the wilfully ignorant or blind could pretend Australia will achieve its emissions target under the Paris Agreement with no more than a pro rata reduction in electricity emissions.

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Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

The race to meet Australia’s large-scale renewable energy target has helped drive record investment in 2017, says BNEF. But the RET’s fulfilment could also see investment go off a cliff, with only the Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee to cushion the fall.

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Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has declared Australia’s electric vehicle revolution to be “nigh.” But can the Coalition back its proselytising with policies? Or will EVs go the way of renewable energy in the party room?

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Eligibility of 10–100 kW solar PV systems under the Renewable Energy Target

Eligibility of 10–100 kW solar PV systems under the Renewable Energy Target

The Renewable Energy Target legislation has been amended to clarify the eligibility of solar photovoltaic (solar PV) systems under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) and the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

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2020 RET in hand, with enough projects remaining to deliver 50% renewables

2020 RET in hand, with enough projects remaining to deliver 50% renewables

2017 has been an impressive year for renewables, but ends with a major cloud hanging over it: what happens once the RET is sorted?

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Speed of Tesla big battery leaves rule-makers struggling to catch up

Speed of Tesla big battery leaves rule-makers struggling to catch up

Tesla big battery’s dramatic intervention after Loy Yang trip, and a separate 0-100MW injection in just 140 milliseconds, illustrates yawning gap between technologies and market rules. The future is here, but market rule makers are not ready for it.

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Costs blow out for Turnbull's Snowy dream to push coal power uphill

Costs blow out for Turnbull’s Snowy dream to push coal power uphill

Snowy 2.0 or Snow Job? Costs for Turnbull’s pet scheme more than double, the economics are kept secret, and project may do little more than use coal power to push water up hill unless Coalition seeks more wind and solar.

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Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

The death spiral for cars; Tesla’s Big Battery – and electric truck; the two faces of Malcolm Turnbull; and all the other stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Medals of Valour should be awarded to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

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Is that a carbon tree? Or just another policy thought bubble?

Is that a carbon tree? Or just another policy thought bubble?

Is it a tree, or a coal washing machine? What magic carbon abatement technology was depicted in the federal government’s 52-page climate policy review?

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Turnbull’s big climate fail, and no positive change in policy

Turnbull’s big climate fail, and no positive change in policy

Turnbull government review declares its climate policy a success. New data, however, tells a different story.