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Tony Abbott's energy rules: It's goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott’s energy rules: It’s goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott is trying to reduce the global energy debate to a competition between “goodies and baddies.” Coal is good, he says, and in Abbott’s world black clearly trumps green. But he is backing the wrong team.

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Networks fret over threat of mass grid defections

Networks fret over threat of mass grid defections

Networks push case for tariff changes, arguing that houses with rooftop solar getting generous “cross subsidies” from non solar users, and suggesting that cost of going off-grid is more than 5 times the cost of staying. But what if they are wrong?

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Abbott's emissions bluff steering Australia into $100bn carbon hole

Abbott’s emissions bluff steering Australia into $100bn carbon hole

UN takes aim at Australia for veering off carbon targets after dumping carbon price. Meanwhile, it releases updated global carbon budget, as more research suggests that Australia will head for $100 billion carbon hole if it is to use Direct Action to match international efforts.

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How Australian utilities will cope with solar and storage

How Australian utilities will cope with solar and storage

It’s the big question facing energy utilities around the world: How quickly will rooftop solar and battery storage change the nature of the energy market, and how long can those that currently dominate the market hold on to the their incumbent business models?

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AGL Energy pick new CEO with eye to solar and storage

AGL Energy pick new CEO with eye to solar and storage

Australia’s largest power generator has named Andrew Vesey as its new MD and CEO – a US energy industry veteran with significant experience in emerging technologies, who will help AGL to navigate the evolution of a new energy business model.

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G20 reveals Tony Abbott's climate change denial is complete

G20 reveals Tony Abbott’s climate change denial is complete

G20 underlines how complete climate change denial is within the Abbott government. If not for the science, then at least for the political and economic implications. This is quite possibly the most incompetent government in Australia’s history.

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Solar - the greatest market opportunity world has seen

Solar – the greatest market opportunity world has seen

SunPower boss says solar is the greatest market opportunity the world has seen. He predicts solar will become a $5 trillion industry within 20 years. Even Chinese newspapers are declaring the coal boom to be over.

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Abbott’s choice: Either climate science is crap, or his policies are

Abbott’s choice: Either climate science is crap, or his policies are

Tony Abbott has been ‘shirt-fronted’ by the two most powerful leaders in the world on the issue of climate change. Now he has a choice: throw in his lot with the climate-denying Republicans, or find some tools to meet the science. How about a carbon price and a robust renewables target?

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US, China climate deal puts heat on Australia

US, China climate deal puts heat on Australia

Australia’s backtracking on climate change policy – dumping the carbon price and seeking to slash the renewable energy target – is looking like an increasingly dumb and isolating policy position as the US and China announced an ambitious new climate deal.

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Renewables doomed as Abbott refuses to budge on big cuts

Renewables doomed as Abbott refuses to budge on big cuts

Large scale renewable energy industry in Australia faces another extended period of stagnation and uncertainty after Abbott government refused to cede ground on its plans to slash the renewable energy target, causing Labor to walk away from the negotiations. Solar is on more solid ground.

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Fossil fuel follies: Massive subsidies underpin oil, coal exploration

Fossil fuel follies: Massive subsidies underpin oil, coal exploration

Subsidies for fossil fuel exploration in Australia reach $4 billion, and $100 billion in G20 countries, despite vows to phase them out. New report labels this a “double folly” because the new reserves are both uneconomic and unsustainable.