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Category: News & Commentary

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Thinking global: China’s coal-fired energy conundrum

Thinking global: China’s coal-fired energy conundrum

Current coal prices and energy tariffs mean new coal plants in China can still deliver handsome returns for investors.

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Donald Trump betrays total ignorance of solar, energy market dynamics

Donald Trump betrays total ignorance of solar, energy market dynamics

Trump says solar is expensive and has 30-year payback time: “All I’m going to do is free up the coal,” he said in first major energy speech.

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IPA renews call to abolish ARENA. But does it know why?

IPA renews call to abolish ARENA. But does it know why?

Arch conservative think tank IPA renews call for closure of hundreds of government agencies, including ARENA, CCA and CER. But does it understand what they actually do?

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Australian Technology Comp kicks off again for 2016

Australian Technology Comp kicks off again for 2016

Australian Technology Competition 2016 has gone live, in quest to accelerate the nation’s high potential innovations.

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Victorian water plant to go 100% renewable, powered by wind turbine

Victorian water plant to go 100% renewable, powered by wind turbine

Wannon Water says 800kW wind turbine planned for Portland water reclamation plant will significantly reduce energy costs, pass savings on to customers.

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AER downgrades Victorian network allowance by $2.3bn

AER downgrades Victorian network allowance by $2.3bn

Victorian electricity networks to have revenue allowances downgraded by more than $2.3bn in 2017 – a cut that could reduce household electricity bills by up to $120 out to 2020.

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Big Oil struggles with speed of renewable energy transition

Big Oil struggles with speed of renewable energy transition

Last year, Big Oil made a big effort to shove coal out of the energy system, but it is not appreciating efforts by renewable energy technologies to accelerate its own transition.

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Renewables employed 8.1m people in 2015, led by 11% increase in solar jobs

Renewables employed 8.1m people in 2015, led by 11% increase in solar jobs

Memo Malcolm Turnbull: IRENA report says renewables jobs grew 5% in 2015 to 8.1 million, while rest of the energy sector contracted. Solar PV jobs alone grew by 11%.

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Westpac joins green bond market with $500 million issuance

Westpac joins green bond market with $500 million issuance

Australia’s second big bank enters green bond market with $500m Westpac Climate Bond to finance a $1 billion clean energy, green building portfolio.

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Australia's top solar states and suburbs

Australia’s top solar states and suburbs

Climate Council’s latest data on household solar uptake suggests rooftop PV could soon be as “common as insulation” in some parts of Australia, with more than a dozen suburbs now recording penetration above 50 per cent.

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Time-lapse shows 100m wind turbine going up in just one minute

Time-lapse shows 100m wind turbine going up in just one minute

A time lapse video showing construction of a wind turbine at the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.