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Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Consumer advocates say AEMC’s rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.

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Queensland coal projects bring 'unprecedented' investor risk

Queensland coal projects bring ‘unprecedented’ investor risk

IEEFA report says proposals for new coal facilities in Queensland’s Galilee Basin introduce ‘unprecedented’ levels of financial complexity and risk.

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Australian gas bills set to spike by $300 a year, says report – but it's for the greater good

Australian gas bills set to spike by $300 a year, says report – but it’s for the greater good

Report says governments should clear way for Australian gas export boom, despite fact it could drive up household gas bills by $300 a year in some cities.

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Abbott's Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment

Abbott’s Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment

International report ranks Australia last on leadership & climate change, as carbon price repeal thrust the country into reverse in low-carbon race.

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Grid parity achieveable for EU renewables by 2018: report

Grid parity achieveable for EU renewables by 2018: report

New European analysis finds solar and wind could achieve grid parity in Turkey by 2018; solar in Spain by 2021, Portugal by 2022 and Italy by 2025.

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Abbott's dissing of divestment will come back to bite him

Abbott’s dissing of divestment will come back to bite him

Companies critical of fossil fuel divestment should take responsibility for better valuing and reporting their environmental and social impacts.

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Electric vehicles: Saviour of utilities, or destroyer?

Electric vehicles: Saviour of utilities, or destroyer?

For utilities, electric vehicle uptake could boost electricity demand and balance a changing grid. On the flip-side, it could help drive households off grid.

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True cost of energy - and subsidies - in Europe (renewables win)

True cost of energy – and subsidies – in Europe (renewables win)

New EU attempt to assess the costs of fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear power on a level playing field raises as many questions as answers.

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China coal consumption down 23% as more funds dump fossil fuels

China coal consumption down 23% as more funds dump fossil fuels

China coal power consumption falls 23%, as Australia’s $8bn Local Government Super Fund joins global march to fossil fuel divestment.

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Another gong for Uni Wollongong net-zero energy fibro shack

Another gong for Uni Wollongong net-zero energy fibro shack

Team UOW’s net-zero energy Illawarra Flame House – based on a converted fibro shack – wins another award, this time for engineering excellence.

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China heads for price on carbon; energy market overhaul is next

China heads for price on carbon; energy market overhaul is next

Economic reforms such as a national carbon price could usher in dramatic changes on China’s energy landscape.