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Community energy retailer to take on Australia's big three

Community energy retailer to take on Australia’s big three

A NSW consortium has revealed that its plan to create Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer are underway, in what could be the first attempt to challenge the dominance of the incumbent retailers with a completely new concept in energy delivery.

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Is Australia destined to be a carbon banana republic?

Is Australia destined to be a carbon banana republic?

The idea of tackling Australia’s carbon pollution is sound. But at tax payer expense? Coming from a Liberal Party? That’s as bent as a …banana.

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Ceramic Fuel Cells sales jump 43%, but needs more growth

Ceramic Fuel Cells sales jump 43%, but needs more growth

Ceramic Fuel Cells reveals 43% increase in sales but warns it will need even higher unit sales to sustain the business.

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Death spiral? Energy utilities should check out the food industry

Death spiral? Energy utilities should check out the food industry

How does a supermarket deal with the grow-your-own revolution? Not like Australia’s power utilities, or we would see another industry death spiral.

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Next frontier for solar markets beyond the grid: big data

Next frontier for solar markets beyond the grid: big data

Big data is paving way for mobile money, PAYG finance, and distributed solar being made accessible to rural poor of developing countries.

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Hockey's wind offensive risks billions in investment – in his own electorate

Hockey’s wind offensive risks billions in investment – in his own electorate

RET Review submission by NSW renewables company Epuron points out why Joe Hockey’s ‘utterly offensive’ wind turbine comments were particularly out of line.

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Abbott's RET curse: PM can cripple renewables - by doing nothing

Abbott’s RET curse: PM can cripple renewables – by doing nothing

If Tony Abbott wants to cripple Australia’s renewable energy industry, as many suspect, he can do so without doing anything at all. That’s because the removal of the carbon price could make long-term financing unfeasible, even if the renewables target is unchanged.

One of the tragedies of Australia’s large scale renewable energy industry is that it has an excellent policy in place. But such is the level of uncertainty about the future of that policy, the industry cannot move forward.

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Carbon repeal leaves Australia isolated and vulnerable

Carbon repeal leaves Australia isolated and vulnerable

Korea, China move toward emissions trading schemes, while other major trading partners make policy and investment decisions that directly contradict Australia’s approach.

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The price of carbon: A view from the mendicant state

The price of carbon: A view from the mendicant state

Tasmania will suffer from the axing of the carbon price, with hundreds of jobs to perish.

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Big EU banks pile into Green Bonds, China poised to follow

Big EU banks pile into Green Bonds, China poised to follow

Germany launches onto Green Bond market with largest single issuance ever, as Zurich doubles its $1bn commitment, and China takes aim.

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Corporate cannibals: Electricity sector may have to kill gas to save itself

Corporate cannibals: Electricity sector may have to kill gas to save itself

The best opportunity for electricity sector growth and security is to cannibalise the gas networks.