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Why Warburton wants to set solar industry back a decade

Why Warburton wants to set solar industry back a decade

The Warburton review may cause a brief boom in rooftop solar, but it will kill the prospect of large scale solar farms, and set the industry back a decade in Australia – the country that should be leading the world in solar energy.

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Fossil fuels win battle over RET, but will they win the war?

Fossil fuels win battle over RET, but will they win the war?

The predictable findings of the RET Review panel will deliver massive windfalls for fossil fuel generators. But as they celebrate a victory of short term interests over long term public benefits and good policy, their Kodak moment looms larger than ever.

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RET Review panel calls for large-scale, solar schemes to close

RET Review panel calls for large-scale, solar schemes to close

RET Review panel appointed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott calls for closure of the renewable energy target to new entrants as one of two options it is recommending to the government. It also wants small scale scheme closed or limited to installations of less than 10kW.

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AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

The rule maker for Australia’s energy markets is targeting households with air-con and solar as it tries to share around the cost of networks, and to recognise role of battery storage. But will these rules reward incumbent utilities, or recognise the future? And can they be done fast enough?

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Abbott is blindsiding mainstream media on green energy

Abbott is blindsiding mainstream media on green energy

Fairfax’s media flagship has called on Tony Abbott to protect the RET, and then recommended a raft of policies to do exactly the opposite. It’s another example of why the Abbott government’s destruction of a $20 billion industry is and will not be questioned in mainstream media.

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Australian renewable energy industry facing destruction

Australian renewable energy industry facing destruction

Miles George, head of Infigen Energy, says the renewable industry faces destruction if – as appears increasingly clear – the Abbott government makes substantial reductions to the renewables target. Job losses, company failures, and legal action, will inevitably follow.

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The great solar riddle: Saving money, the planet, or energy independence?

The great solar riddle: Saving money, the planet, or energy independence?

What is driving the rush to solar and storage? Saving money, saving the planet or energy independence? Business models for multi-billion dollar utilities depend on getting this right. NZ network provider Vector, a pioneer of solar and battery leases, has a view that will surprise many.

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Energy wars: retailers attack networks on gold plating

Energy wars: retailers attack networks on gold plating

Retailers set off a turf war against network operators, effectively accusing them of trying to gold plate the network once again, while the retailers suffer the impact has more consumers turn to solar and storage, and consider leaving the grid.

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UBS: Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution

UBS: Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution

UBS says payback time for combined EV plus solar plus battery storage will be as low as 6 years by 2020 – unsubsidised. This means centralised fossil fuel generation will become “dinosaurs” – inflexible and irrelevant, even as back-up. “Large scale power stations could be on a path to extinction”.

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AGL Energy fades from green to black

AGL Energy fades from green to black

AGL Energy completes transformation from ‘green’ to ‘black’ with purchase of 4,600MW of coal generation. Now it has a new challenge – keeping carbon price and renewables at bay, but also retaining trust from customers, dealing with “demand destruction” and disruptive technologies.

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Abbott’s new attack on renewables may spark another solar boom

Abbott’s new attack on renewables may spark another solar boom

Tony Abbott’s renewed attacked on the renewable energy industry might be bad news for wind and large scale solar, but it could spark another ‘solar-coaster’ as households and small businesses rush to install rooftop PV systems before the remaining incentives are closed.