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Six things we learned: Death spirals and Tony Abbott's sense of timing

Six things we learned: Death spirals and Tony Abbott’s sense of timing

It seems there is no climate and clean energy myth conservatives and the Murdoch media won’t repeat. Just as well we have renewable energy and smart businesses.

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Whyalla steel owners buy into Zen solar and storage company

Whyalla steel owners buy into Zen solar and storage company

New owners of Whyalla Steelworks buy majority stake in Ross-Garnaut chaired solar and storage company Zen Energy, saying renewables will underpin the future of large industry – in direct contrast to the push for more coal by the federal government.

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Back to 2009: Abbott declares war on everything

Back to 2009: Abbott declares war on everything

Tony Abbott has drawn new battle-lines with interviews and an article that is a horror-show of ignorance, bias, conservative ideology and political dogma. Turnbull’s efforts to appease the right wing has gotten him and the Australian economy nowhere.

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Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys

Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys

The Australian’s story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

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Rooftop solar and storage - cheaper than subsidising old coal

Rooftop solar and storage – cheaper than subsidising old coal

New analysis shows that governments would be better off supporting more rooftop solar and battery storage – rather than ageing coal generators – if they are serious about lowering prices and making the grid more reliable.

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Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

AEMO, like Finkel, provided Turnbull with a launch pad to push for a cleaner, smarter, cheaper and more reliable grid. Instead, the Coalition pined for traditional and outdated technologies. It’s time to bust a few myths about baseload and blackouts.

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This is just the start of the solar age - seven graphs show why

This is just the start of the solar age – seven graphs show why

Striking new report by one of world’s biggest independent energy consultants shows dramatic decline in coal and oil industry and a peak in global energy demand. Solar dominates, and has only just begun its path to becoming biggest source of energy.

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Could Turnbull succeed where Abbott failed, and kill large scale wind and solar?

Could Turnbull succeed where Abbott failed, and kill large scale wind and solar?

Federal government has trampled over several key Finkel measures it supposedly has adopted. But as experts plead with Coalition to allow AEMO and Energy Security Board to get on with job, Turnbull may deliver Abbott’s wish, and kill new renewable projects.

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Turnbull's energy obstructionism is Abbott's climate denial revisited

Turnbull’s energy obstructionism is Abbott’s climate denial revisited

Malcolm Turnbull’s extraordinary decision to put his party’s hopes on the aged Liddell coal power plant makes no economic, environmental or engineering sense. But there is a grim precedent: the same government’s rejection of climate science.

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Nationals demand "coal target" as energy politics spirals into loony fog

Nationals demand “coal target” as energy politics spirals into loony fog

Barnaby Joyce seems to think that switching off a coal plant in 2022 will cause the lights to go out in 2017. Is there any hope that the smart conversations going on behind the scenes will ever be reflected in policy? Don’t count on it.

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Turnbull's rooftop PV and storage may be more useful to grid than Liddell

Turnbull’s rooftop PV and storage may be more useful to grid than Liddell

PM is chuffed about his rooftop PV and storage, and so he should be. Installations like that will be of greater value to the grid than Liddell, which is a similar age and condition to the Hazelwood generator Turnbull admitted was “very old” and no longer viable.