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Category: Smart Energy

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Huge methane leaks add doubt on gas as ‘bridge’ fuel

Huge methane leaks add doubt on gas as ‘bridge’ fuel

IPCC hails natural gas as transition fuel – but a new study shows potential leakage could mean natural gas will only increase emissions.

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Fossil fuels should be for making stuff, not for energy

Fossil fuels should be for making stuff, not for energy

We might continue to use fossils fuels for making stuff where necessary, but we should stop using them as our go-to energy source.

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Germany takes energy transition away from grass-roots movements

Germany takes energy transition away from grass-roots movements

Following new Energiewende reforms, Germany’s main priority seems to be protecting big business while continuing to roll out renewables.

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Abbott’s systematic destruction of solar support in Australia continues

Abbott’s systematic destruction of solar support in Australia continues

The solar schools and towns program appear to be latest victims of Abbott’s systematic destruction of Australia’s solar opportunity.

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Hunt commits to 'cleaner' coal, as renewables despair deepens

Hunt commits to ‘cleaner’ coal, as renewables despair deepens

Environment minister sees future in ‘clean’ coal, and refuses to endorse renewables. This comes as new data shows large-scale renewable projects at a standstill, and as industry finds doors closed in Canberra. Meanwhile, new data show electricity emissions have fallen 5 per cent in past year.

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AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cites decreased demand and ‘over-estimated capital expenditure’ in decision to downgrade revenue allowances for NSW electricity distributors.

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Meinshausen: Why we have to suck CO2 out of atmosphere

Meinshausen: Why we have to suck CO2 out of atmosphere

Climate scientist Malte Meinhausen explains why we will need to use technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

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Graph of the Day: World solar capacity up 35% in 2013

Graph of the Day: World solar capacity up 35% in 2013

With about 37,007 megawatts (MW) of solar PV power installed in 2013, world solar PV power capacity increased about 35% to 136,697 MW.

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Are we halfway to market dominance for solar?

Are we halfway to market dominance for solar?

Solar is now around 1 percent of global electricity generation. But that might mean we’re further along than you’d think.

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Mixed Greens: Home-grown solar thermal pilot launched

Mixed Greens: Home-grown solar thermal pilot launched

Solar thermal demo plant launched at a Newcastle pool; rooftop solar booming in Vic mortgage belt; two clean energy companies head down under.

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How China’s coal cap makes it a leader in tackling climate change

How China’s coal cap makes it a leader in tackling climate change

Coal caps mean China may be doing more to tackle climate change than the EU and US.