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Santander co-launches $2bn renewable energy fund

Santander co-launches $2bn renewable energy fund

Spanish lender joins Canada’s two largest pension funds to launch London-based Cubico Sustainable Investment, a joint fund for renewable energy projects.

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Stupid Australia: Brain drain leaves economy less able to compete

Stupid Australia: Brain drain leaves economy less able to compete

Latest global competitiveness rankings paint a bleak picture for Australia, which has now fallen behind NZ and is fast losing ground as a ‘smart’ economy.

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Duke Energy to build 2MW battery storage system at old coal plant

Duke Energy to build 2MW battery storage system at old coal plant

America’s biggest power utility, Duke Energy, to develop new 2MW lithium-ion battery storage system at old coal plant to help stabilise, regulate the grid.

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Australia's dumbing down: The view from outside

Australia’s dumbing down: The view from outside

A Bloomberg article says Australia’s government is betting on ‘baristas over brains’ as it flags further cuts to scientific research and development. What do you think?

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77% Australians support big solar – but renewables knowledge gap remains

77% Australians support big solar – but renewables knowledge gap remains

Survey finds clear majority supports big solar development in Australia, but around 25% still had worrying gap in knowledge about reliability of renewables to supply electricity.

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Coal companies told to get used to wind and solar

Coal companies told to get used to wind and solar

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix as value of storage brought to the fore.

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AER attacked from both sides - consumers and networks – over NSW power prices

AER attacked from both sides – consumers and networks – over NSW power prices

Too high, or not high enough? Australian Energy Regulator faces legal challenges from Networks NSW and consumer advocacy group over its final 5-year electricity pricing determination.

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Queensland solar tile company raises $765,000 ahead of ASX listing

Queensland solar tile company raises $765,000 ahead of ASX listing

Australian manufacturer of solar power and hot water-generating roof tiles has attracted $765,000 in oversubscribed capital raising, ahead of ASX listing.

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How the states can dodge Canberra's renewables roadblock

How the states can dodge Canberra’s renewables roadblock

Hybrid policy mechanisms like contracts-for-difference could help the states provide cost-effective renewables support beyond the federal RET.

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Solar package could boost Victoria’s renewable future

Solar package could boost Victoria’s renewable future

Transformation of our energy system is underway. However governments in Australia have struggled to keep up with the pace of change in technology and price.

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El Niño: Investors should heed warnings of climate disruption, says HSBC

El Niño: Investors should heed warnings of climate disruption, says HSBC

HSBC report says 2015 El Niño could be highly disruptive to global food markets, including Australian wheat, bananas, sugar cane and cattle.