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Earth to Bill Gates: we are good to go with renewables

Earth to Bill Gates: we are good to go with renewables

Billionaire Bill Gates claims tbreakthroughs are needed for the energy transition and that funding should be diverted to. One wonders what would have become of Microsoft if we had waited for Ultrabooks before buying computers.

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Planet doesn't need Carmichael coal mine, and neither does Qld economy

Planet doesn’t need Carmichael coal mine, and neither does Qld economy

As Abbott govt pulls out all stops to get Adani mega-coal mine over the line, Qld treasurer says it’s ‘not the be-all and end-all’.

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New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

New 100% renewable energy retailer to keep profits in local community

Enova wants to champion local ownership and a 100% renewable energy target in a market dominated by big players, out-of-area projects and fossil fuel interests.

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New energy retailer to focus on solar and battery storage

New energy retailer to focus on solar and battery storage

A new electricity retailer that will focus on smart meters, rooftop solar and battery storage is about to emerge in Australia.

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'Flexiwatts' – and why demand flexibility can save billions

‘Flexiwatts’ – and why demand flexibility can save billions

How “flexiwatts” can reduce customer bills and lower grid costs by creating flexible demand options.

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World's biggest coal company still sowing doubts about reality of climate change

World’s biggest coal company still sowing doubts about reality of climate change

Peabody Energy recently submitted expert testimony to the Minnesota Public Utilities commission arguing that, ”CO2 is not harmful and is actually good for the planet”

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Wind turbine makers thrive on record orders and favourable political climate

Wind turbine makers thrive on record orders and favourable political climate

The world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines, Vestas Wind Systems, announced record first-half orders last week as profits exceeded analyst estimates.

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A ‘Great Reversal’ in China? Coal continues to decline with enforcement of environmental laws

A ‘Great Reversal’ in China? Coal continues to decline with enforcement of environmental laws

Coal consumption may be peaking much earlier than anticipated in official government statements – and so pointing to an early peaking of carbon emissions.

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Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

Economies of scale: Why small solar is better than big solar

While utilities in US continue to imply that large-scale solar projects are more economical than small ones, the data is telling another story.

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2°C not 'safe': World must 'completely decarbonise' in 30 years

2°C not ‘safe’: World must ‘completely decarbonise’ in 30 years

Climate Council says scientific argument that 2°C a ‘safe’ level of warming is weakening, and society must almost completely decarbonise in 30-35 years, or sooner, to tackle climate change effectively.

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Victorian govt extends energy efficiency scheme, boosts target by 20%

Victorian govt extends energy efficiency scheme, boosts target by 20%

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target – a scheme that was to be scrapped under Coalition – has been extended by 2 years, the target boosted by 20%.