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Category: Australian Federal Government

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Turnbull to rely on state schemes he once rubbished as reckless

Turnbull to rely on state schemes he once rubbished as reckless

Anger deepens over politicisation of Energy Security Board and design of National Energy Guarantee that could reinforce dominance of incumbent utilities, stop large scale renewables, maintain status quo and fail emissions targets. But some say it does have potential.

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BNEF says NEG could deliver 42% renewables by 2030, same as Finkel

BNEF says NEG could deliver 42% renewables by 2030, same as Finkel

BNEF say new Coalition plan could see 42% renewables by 2030, the same as Finkel. But rooftop solar will account for most new installations, and large-scale wind and solar could be sidelined by coal extensions. Still, BNEF describe it as innovative and elegant.

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Graph of the Day: What we need, what we're getting

Graph of the Day: What we need, what we’re getting

How Turnbull’s National Energy Target will be worse for the renewable energy sector than no policy at all.

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The NEG will reduce competition, and that's not good for prices

The NEG will reduce competition, and that’s not good for prices

It seems like the government’s plan may reduce competition, and that is never good for price in the long run. One of the many advantages of state run reverse auctions is they introduce new suppliers and new players into the system.

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Coalition energy target may require a "go slow" on rooftop solar

Coalition energy target may require a “go slow” on rooftop solar

Energy Security Board forecasts suggest a sharp slow down in rooftop solar deployments to meet its modest renewable energy share. It comes as concerns grow about ESB process and the alacrity with which the normally snail-paced AEMC has moved to confer great powers upon itself.

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Coalition’s energy policy hinges on tricky wordplay about coal’s role

Coalition’s energy policy hinges on tricky wordplay about coal’s role

The new policy could end up feeding demand for coal.

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Lights Out! The dark side of demand management

Lights Out! The dark side of demand management

Self serving and misleading comments from CEO of one of the country’s iconic energy businesses need to be held up as a shining example of how recent energy summit forgot about one key person: the customer.

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Why Turnbull's plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices

Why Turnbull’s plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices

NEG appears to be the most ill-considered, poorly detailed and potentially useless policy that anyone can remember, and a disaster for renewable energy, climate targets and consumer prices. It appears to be the work of Australia’s so-called “energy mafia”, hungry to retain power of incumbent oligopoly.

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It’s the end, not the means, that counts

It’s the end, not the means, that counts

Amongst all the sound and fury regarding the Government’s energy plan there is a central question going unanswered – what is the level of emissions reduction being proposed by the Government? And at what cost?

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States gobsmacked by lack of detail, research in Turnbull's NEG

States gobsmacked by lack of detail, research in Turnbull’s NEG

States stunned by lack of detail in new energy policy. In a testy phone hook-up they were told all the government had was a press release and an eight-page letter.

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Energy consumers about to find out what it means to be "Negged"

Energy consumers about to find out what it means to be “Negged”

The Australian public has been ‘negged’ by unfounded fears of blackouts. Will we be ‘negged’ again by the proposed new energy policy?