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Category: Coal

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Australia's coal problem is also its mercury problem

Australia’s coal problem is also its mercury problem

Analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal plants has revealed our per capita mercury emissions are roughly double the global average.

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Coal communities lead march to clean energy

Coal communities lead march to clean energy

Port Augusta becomes latest Australian coal hub to embrace renewables – and just as well, considering new data on coal plant pollution.

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Coal rift? Coalition sends mixed message on new coal power

Coal rift? Coalition sends mixed message on new coal power

Federal treasurer says cheap new coal power a “myth”, federal energy minister says it must be considered – even if the market disagrees.

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AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL’s multi-billion investment in coal generators, and the recent investment drought in new wind and solar plants, have delivered windfall gains to the country’s biggest generator. It also increased its margins from consumers, despite its offer of discounts.

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6.5% of global GDP spent subsidising fossil fuels, or $12m every minute

6.5% of global GDP spent subsidising fossil fuels, or $12m every minute

IMF says subsidies to global fossil fuel industry reached $A6.7 trillion in 2015 – or $A18 billion a day, or $A12 million a minute.

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New coal power plants are great – if you don’t have to pay for them

New coal power plants are great – if you don’t have to pay for them

Tomago smelter wants a new coal generator, subsidised by the government. If it really wants coal power, why doesn’t it write out a contract itself?

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New coal plant may be Coalition price for clean energy target

New coal plant may be Coalition price for clean energy target

There is increased speculation that the Coalition government is prepared to spend taxpayers money on a new clean/cleaner/cleanish/not-quite-so-dirty coal plant in an effort to get conservative support for a clean energy target and even to appease potential One Nation voters.

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Cheap coal power? Only in an imaginary world

Cheap coal power? Only in an imaginary world

Attempts to suggest coal power is cheaper than the plummeting cost of renewables look increasingly ridiculous and desperate.

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The death of “alternative energy”

The death of “alternative energy”

Once, alternative energy meant “clean coal” and “fracking.” Today, renewables have left those “alternatives” for dead, and not even Trump can save them.

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Once bitten, twice shy: Sri Lanka dumps new coal plans

Once bitten, twice shy: Sri Lanka dumps new coal plans

In a dramatic U-turn, Sri Lanka’s energy regulator has approved a new long-term electricity supply plan that rejects the construction of any new coal plants between now and 2037.

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EnergyAustralia: "The truth about coal is that it is not cheap"

EnergyAustralia: “The truth about coal is that it is not cheap”

EnergyAustralia says coal is not cheap and idea that new coal plants could reduce electricity costs is a “myth”. This comes as the ACCC vows to focus on bidding practices in wholesale markets, an issue completely ignored by AEMC, the market rule maker.