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Category: Coal

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Renewables, not natural gas, are cutting US power sector emissions

Renewables, not natural gas, are cutting US power sector emissions

In the past, switching from coal to natural gas has driven US power sector emissions cuts. In 2017, it was declining load and greater renewable generation.

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Renewables hub, or coal museum? Australia's energy debate plays out in Latrobe Valley

Renewables hub, or coal museum? Australia’s energy debate plays out in Latrobe Valley

The future of a retired brown coal power plant in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley paints a neat picture of the current state of Australia’s energy debate: enshrine fossil fuels, or embrace the new energy future?

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Weatherill: Why state election will be referendum on renewables

Weatherill: Why state election will be referendum on renewables

Jay Weatherill goes all-in for renewable energy, saying the state election is an effective referendum on the technology and a loss will be used to stop renewable developments in other states. Plus: His comments on AEMO, Tesla, the Coalition and Nick Xenophon.

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Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Blackouts in Victoria illustrate how networks and regulators have failed to change their business models, and failed to keep up with technology.

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IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss the importance of solar, although it does suggest that Australia waste more money on CCS.

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Qld turns to jet-fuel and imports as coal plants wilt in face of record demand

Qld turns to jet-fuel and imports as coal plants wilt in face of record demand

Queensland turns to jet-fuel and imports from NSW wind farm as soaring temperatures pushed demand to a new peak, and its big coal generators wilted in the heat. Fortunately, it also had heaps of rooftop solar.

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Former Queensland Coalition MP pushing coal propaganda

Former Queensland Coalition MP pushing coal propaganda

A website and Facebook page called “Energy in Australia” has emerged over recent months. If you ever wanted an example of “fake news” loaded with myths masquerading as facts, here it is.

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Energy divide: Frontier attacks AEMO, wants it abolished

Energy divide: Frontier attacks AEMO, wants it abolished

Schism among Australia’s energy elite deepens as Frontier’s Danny Price attacks AEMO, saying it is a “danger” to investors and should be abolished.

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Extreme weather, disappearing coal supply: another day on the NEM

Extreme weather, disappearing coal supply: another day on the NEM

Supplies cut by storms in Queensland and faulty sub-station in Victoria, while market operator warns of 1400MW of lost generation due to “coal supply” issues.

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Dispatchable wind and solar: They'll be the death of coal and gas

Dispatchable wind and solar: They’ll be the death of coal and gas

It’s been a year since the last South Australia blackout and when the Coalition brandished a lump of coal in parliament. And the progress since then has been remarkable – on the cost front, on storage, and the emergence of dispatchable renewables.

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Adani coal plans take another hit, as Aurizon withdraws loan request

Adani coal plans take another hit, as Aurizon withdraws loan request

Aurizon withdraws application for NAIF funding to build Gallilee rail line, in fresh vote of no confidence in the Adani-led mega coal project.