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Vic Election: Labor pledges $20m renewables fund, ill wind blows for Coalition

Vic Election: Labor pledges $20m renewables fund, ill wind blows for Coalition

News of more wind industry job losses in Napthine electorate coincides with Vic Labor election pledge to set up $20m renewables investment fund.

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First 'plug and play' rooftop solar system installed in US

First ‘plug and play’ rooftop solar system installed in US

Fraunhofer CSE completes first public installation of ‘plug and play’ rooftop solar system it says is as easy for homeowners to install as a washer/dryer.

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Germany considers nuclear-style phase out for coal

Germany considers nuclear-style phase out for coal

It seemed that German Industry Minister had firmly put his foot down and opposed the beginnings of a coal phaseout, but perhaps not so.

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Topaz, largest solar plant in the world, is now fully operational

Topaz, largest solar plant in the world, is now fully operational

The 550-megawatt Topaz project is on-line and sending power to the California grid.

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Why Google gave up on renewables (hint, they don't understand energy)

Why Google gave up on renewables (hint, they don’t understand energy)

It has now been proven beyond doubt that “renewables simply won’t work”. Why not? Well, because Google says so.

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RET under new threat from cross benchers after Lambie quits PUP

RET under new threat from cross benchers after Lambie quits PUP

The former Palmer United Party’s new turn as an Independent means the RET is even more likely to be sliced and diced, but not by the Coalition you think.

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Has China already reached peak coal?

Has China already reached peak coal?

The share of coal in China’s electricity market has shrunk more than 6 per cent in a single year, and imports have shrunk dramatically.

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US utility giant commits to cut its emissions in half

US utility giant commits to cut its emissions in half

NRG Energy sets target of cutting its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

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Walmart’s dirty energy secret

Walmart’s dirty energy secret

US retail giant committed to 100% renewable energy, but its slick greenwashing hides its massive coal consumption.

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BHP Billiton’s short-lived climate cuddle

BHP Billiton’s short-lived climate cuddle

The climate-friendly bonhomie of BHP Billiton’s Chairman, Jac Nasser, didn’t last long into question time at the company’s AGM in Adelaide late last week.

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World’s first power-to-liquids production plant opened in Dresden

World’s first power-to-liquids production plant opened in Dresden

A Power-to-Liquids demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was officially inaugurated on 14 November by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH.