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US wind energy cost falls to 'all-time low' of 2.5c/kWh

US wind energy cost falls to ‘all-time low’ of 2.5c/kWh

US report shows PPAs for wind energy projects hit record low 2.5c/kWh in 2013, thanks to policy support, local production and cheaper, better technology.

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Australia risks being 'dead dog last' on renewables

Australia risks being ‘dead dog last’ on renewables

Renewables sector says cutting or killing RET will kill off solar, cost investors billions, and leave Australia ‘dead dog last’ on clean energy.

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Undeveloped oil projects a $91bn gamble, as carbon bubble grows

Undeveloped oil projects a $91bn gamble, as carbon bubble grows

Carbon Tracker Institute report finds top 20 biggest undeveloped oil exploration projects risk $91bn of investor capital on a high-risk, carbon-loaded bet.

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Citigroup: Outlook for global solar is getting brighter

Citigroup: Outlook for global solar is getting brighter

Leading investment bank has painted an incredibly bright future for solar energy across the globe, arguing that its rapid expansion will be driven by “pure economics” and the growing need for fuel diversity.

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Nine reasons why thermal coal is struggling (and will continue to do so)

Nine reasons why thermal coal is struggling (and will continue to do so)

The price of coal has fallen 51% since peaking in January 2011.
Are we seeing China and India turning away from coal?

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Petratherm announces $17m geothermal project writedown

Petratherm announces $17m geothermal project writedown

Australian geothermal hope fades as Petratherm flags $17m writedown of Paralana project assets after failing to meet terms for government grant.

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China and India's GW-scale solar plans

China and India’s GW-scale solar plans

China adds 3.3GW of solar in first half 2014 and sets sights on 10GW, India looks to low-cost loans and grants to install 20GW of new capacity.

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Gas gamble could cost 40% more than renewables in low-carbon shift

Gas gamble could cost 40% more than renewables in low-carbon shift

UNSW study says using ‘risky’ gas-fired electricity to clean up Australia’s power sector could cost 40% more than shift to renewables.

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japan solar

Japan challenges China to be world’s biggest solar market in 2014

BNEF predicts Japan solar ‘boom’ could deliver 10.3-11.9GW of added PV capacity this year – only slightly less than China, the world’s largest market.

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Coal generation, electricity demand rebound after carbon price dumped

Coal generation, electricity demand rebound after carbon price dumped

The carbon price repeal has immediate impact – causing demand and coal generation to rise. Meanwhile, ramped gas and rampant solar keep push electricity prices in Queensland to new lows.

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Networks must deliver better outcomes for consumers

Networks must deliver better outcomes for consumers

AER chief says we on cusp of fundamental shift in way electricity is produced and consumed. Networks must support two-way trade in electricity services.