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Powering a social licence failure: The National Energy Guarantee

Powering a social licence failure: The National Energy Guarantee

The Coalition’s NEG – based on hastily prepared advice and zero engagement with the community – shows government has learnt nothing from the social licence issues that have plagued fossil fuel industry.

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30 reasons to question the National Energy Guarantee. And it's not just politics

30 reasons to question the National Energy Guarantee. And it’s not just politics

The Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee is not a policy at all, just the idea of one. And attractive as it may be on a notional level, it is a long way short of being “workable” or even remotely effective. Here are 30 reasons why it should be approached with caution.

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Investor confidence could be smashed without additional detail

Investor confidence could be smashed without additional detail

This plan to provide a plan is almost the worst outcome possible for investment certainty. If more detail doesn’t emerge soon, it could be as bad for renewables as the Abbott years.

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Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull's energy fudge locks in high prices

Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull’s energy fudge locks in high prices

If one thing is clear from the Coalition’s new energy policy announcement today, it is that Tony Abbott has won, and consumers have lost. Even in the most optimistic scenario presented by the government, energy consumers will see little reduction in their energy bills over the next decade. And that’s outrageous.

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Turnbull dumps clean energy target for "national energy guarantee"

Turnbull dumps clean energy target for “national energy guarantee”

Coalition dumps clean energy target in favour of a change to energy market rules that appears to confer enormous power into the hands of coal and gas utilities, and satisfies push by right wing to abandon Paris target and to close the door on renewables.

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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition's climate goat

Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat

Is this really what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for? Short of sacrificing this particular climate goat, he will be obliged to defend the indefensible, the outright rejection of climate science. And Australia will remain a laughing stock.

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Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and "fight the future"

Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and “fight the future”

He may already had one, but prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has just been given a blueprint by the Trump administration on how to protect dirty “baseload” coal, and extend his fight against the energy future.

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Trump officials have no clue how to rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid. But we do.

Trump officials have no clue how to rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid. But we do.

Florida and Japan show clean energy is fastest, cheapest way to restore power. Too bad Trump’s administration hates it.

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More wind and solar – the answer to all Turnbull's energy problems

More wind and solar – the answer to all Turnbull’s energy problems

Barnaby Joyce may well want to paint racing stripes down the side of the Liddell coal generator, and hang dice from its smoke stacks, but the answer to Turnbull’s energy dilemma is exactly what he doesn’t want it to be: more wind and solar.

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Tesla charging stations to link Adelaide with world’s largest battery

Tesla charging stations to link Adelaide with world’s largest battery

Network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit world’s biggest lithium-ion battery being built by Elon Musk in state’s north.

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US solar industry braces for tariffs after commission ruling on imports

US solar industry braces for tariffs after commission ruling on imports

US solar industry now braces to see what sanctions the USITC will recommend to President Trump on November 13.