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10 Pacific Island Nations with RETs much more ambitious than Australia

10 Pacific Island Nations with RETs much more ambitious than Australia

Many of Australia’s nearest neighbours in the Pacific Islands have far more ambitious renewable energy targets.

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Regulator delays rule change that could accelerate battery storage

Regulator delays rule change that could accelerate battery storage

Proposed rule change that could fast-track deployment of battery storage in Australia put on hold, a week after regulator was criticised by energy ministers for slow decisions.

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US solar PV prices hit "all-time low", at rooftop and utility-scale

US solar PV prices hit “all-time low”, at rooftop and utility-scale

Large scale solar contracts fall to $US30/MWh as solar prices fall in US – on rooftops and for solar farms.

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Cross currents hit India Government’s grand coal expansion plans

Cross currents hit India Government’s grand coal expansion plans

India Government’s plan to dramatically expand coal power production is being buffeted by growing concern about worsening air quality, sluggish power demand.

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Industrial Revolution kick-started global warming much earlier than thought

Industrial Revolution kick-started global warming much earlier than thought

New study redefines our understanding of when human activity began to influence our climate.

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154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science

154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science

154 Australian experts have signed on open letter to Malcolm Turnbull demanding urgent action on climate change.

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New transmission line will open up wind farm opportunities

New transmission line will open up wind farm opportunities

Spark Infrastructure has first hand experience of the impact that renewables have on the wires and poles business and the opportunities and challenges that presents.

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Australia needs to cut emissions by 65% by 2030 to meet Paris target

Australia needs to cut emissions by 65% by 2030 to meet Paris target

New research suggests that limiting global warming to 1.5℃ rather than letting it reach 2℃ could make a significant difference to the severity of extreme weather events in Australia, and could make all the difference for the Great Barrier Reef.

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Solar PV strikes new record low in Chile, first US offshore wind farm completed

Solar PV strikes new record low in Chile, first US offshore wind farm completed

The solar PV cost reduction spiral reached its lowest point yet at an auction in Chile last week, where a Spanish developer won contracts to sell power from a solar plant high in the Andes for $29.10/MWh.

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Tesla glamping? How to convert your Model S into a 5-star tent

Tesla glamping? How to convert your Model S into a 5-star tent

A subculture of Tesla Model S drivers is discovering the joys, and tribulations, of converting their $US145,000 Model S into a very fancy tent.

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Talking about clean-energy generation

Talking about clean-energy generation

Peter Cowling, Anne McEntee and JC Sandberg discuss the global landscape for renewables, policy and innovation and what the future energy mix looks like.