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Vic budget takes baby steps on environment – must do better

Vic budget takes baby steps on environment – must do better

Andrews government’s first budget shows encouraging signs, but can it match the aspirations with funding and policy commitments?

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2014 UK low-carbon power levels break all sorts of records

2014 UK low-carbon power levels break all sorts of records

Electricity generation in UK in 2014 fell by 6.7%, but low-carbon electricity increased to a record high, as did renewable energy.

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Tesla Power Wall – cigar or no cigar?

Tesla Power Wall – cigar or no cigar?

Digging out the detail behind the hype of the Tesla Power Wall and what it could all mean.

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New York town invests in microgrid to keep the power on

New York town invests in microgrid to keep the power on

National Grid, General Electric, Clarkson University, and the NREL are partnering to build what could be largest municipal micro grid in US.

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Tesla just put a bomb under business model of the grid

Tesla just put a bomb under business model of the grid

Tesla’s battery pack won’t allow you to quit the grid, but it does put a bomb under need to transform our uni-directional dumb grids.

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New whirlwind-attracting bladeless micro wind turbine gets Harvard cred

New whirlwind-attracting bladeless micro wind turbine gets Harvard cred

The startup Vortex Bladeless is developing a bladeless micro wind turbine, like a super-long popsicle stick only rounder.

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Is Germany's solar auction model flawed?

Is Germany’s solar auction model flawed?

The failure of the first test case for Germany’s solar auction model suggests the 2014 renewable energy reforms were a step in the wrong direction.

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Vatican spells out vision for zero-carbon world

Vatican spells out vision for zero-carbon world

The Vatican has gathered religious leaders, scientists & politicians to agree that acting on climate change is a “moral and religious imperative for humanity”.

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California raises US climate bar with unprecedented emissions goal

California raises US climate bar with unprecedented emissions goal

California Governor issues executive order to reduce state’s emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 – on par with EU.

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Scotland's rapid shift to renewables an example to all

Scotland’s rapid shift to renewables an example to all

Despite large fossil fuel reserves, Scotland’s biggest electricity source is renewables, and govt sees no reason for fossil or nuclear generation in future.

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Energy storage market set to boom – but is Australia ready?

Energy storage market set to boom – but is Australia ready?

Unlike solar, planning for the energy storage boom is well underway and its market potential is not lost on anyone. But is Australia really prepared?