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Category: Australian Federal Government

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National Energy Guarantee's bizarre approach to reliability

National Energy Guarantee’s bizarre approach to reliability

The more we look at the NEG, the more bizarre it gets. And it seems disrespectful, or even arrogant, of the ESB to think an overnight thought bubble is going to be superior to carefully developed process in overseas markets.

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Schott defends NEG modelling, says wind and solar at “low end”

Schott defends NEG modelling, says wind and solar at “low end”

Schott says NEG modelling assumes “low end” of wind and solar costs, defying recent evidence. But ESB did admit there is much work to do on policy, dispatchability had yet to be defined, new coal unlikely to get a look in, and states free to pursue own targets.

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Queensland coal plant has a photo – now all it needs is a massive subsidy

Queensland coal plant has a photo – now all it needs is a massive subsidy

A mock-up image of a new coal plant has been created, as part of the increasingly intense campaign to have one built – and funded by taxpayers – in north Queensland.

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Koutsantonis slams NEG, says it is an attack on renewables

Koutsantonis slams NEG, says it is an attack on renewables

SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis says cannot support NEG, says it an attack on renewables, designed to keep alive dirty coal.

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Graphs of the Day: Australia the global climate laggard

Graphs of the Day: Australia the global climate laggard

If the Turnbull government was setting the standard for global climate action… we’d be going to hell in a handcart, says new report.

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Australia wins early Fossil award as Syria leaves US alone on climate

Australia wins early Fossil award as Syria leaves US alone on climate

Australia wins first Fossil of the Day award at Bonn climate talks, as Syria signs up to leave the US isolated as the world’s only non-member state.

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Is this the end for big wind and big solar in Australia?

Is this the end for big wind and big solar in Australia?

All eyes are on Victoria and the corporate sector for the future of large-scale renewables in Australia. With the renewable energy target now largely met, there is little else on offer for the pipeline of 20GW of wind and solar projects.

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Garnaut says NEG may do little for prices, certainty or competition

Garnaut says NEG may do little for prices, certainty or competition

Garnaut says proposed National Energy Guarantee may fail on price reductions, emissions, and reliability, and may serve to simply reinforce the power of the big energy incumbents.

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Defence seeks 12.5MW solar for Darwin barracks, RAAF base

Defence seeks 12.5MW solar for Darwin barracks, RAAF base

Defence department seeks 15.5MW of solar for Darwin barracks, RAAF base to cut energy costs and boost energy security. More are planned.

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Australia among the world's worst on biodiversity conservation

Australia among the world’s worst on biodiversity conservation

Australia is among the top seven countries worldwide responsible for 60% of the world’s biodiversity loss between 1996 and 2008, according to a study published last week in the journal Nature.

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ESB to use inflated costs for wind and solar to justify NEG

ESB to use inflated costs for wind and solar to justify NEG

Energy Security Board to use vastly inflated costs of wind and solar to justify its National Energy Guarantee. By using prices around 30-40 per cent above actual costs, will support its argument for little new wind and solar to be built in the coming decade.