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Category: Smart Energy

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Germany considers nuclear-style phase out for coal

Germany considers nuclear-style phase out for coal

It seemed that German Industry Minister had firmly put his foot down and opposed the beginnings of a coal phaseout, but perhaps not so.

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China, US climate deal delivers $4.5 trillion blow to Big Oil, coal

China, US climate deal delivers $4.5 trillion blow to Big Oil, coal

Citigroup says China-US climate deal will slash $4.5 trillion from revenues of coal, oil industries. It also downplays CCS, warns thermal coal in decline, suggests energy poverty will be solved with “anything but coal”, and says carbon price in Australia is inevitable.

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How the UK's nuclear new-build plans keep getting delayed

How the UK’s nuclear new-build plans keep getting delayed

When will the UK get a new generation of nuclear power plants? Doubts surfaced again today with the Times reporting a “secret government review”.

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Galilee Basin coal mines and the banks

Galilee Basin coal mines and the banks

The Carmichael Coal & Rail project is looking more and more like Queensland’s James Price Point Browse LNG moment.

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Has China already reached peak coal?

Has China already reached peak coal?

The share of coal in China’s electricity market has shrunk more than 6 per cent in a single year, and imports have shrunk dramatically.

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World’s first power-to-liquids production plant opened in Dresden

World’s first power-to-liquids production plant opened in Dresden

A Power-to-Liquids demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was officially inaugurated on 14 November by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH.

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Australia’s coal and gas exports are being left stranded

Australia’s coal and gas exports are being left stranded

It is completely unrealistic to expect that Australia will be able to grow its share of fossil fuel production whilst other countries reduce their share in a world with strict limits on carbon emissions.

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Batteries for private PV systems tipped to jump 10-fold

Batteries for private PV systems tipped to jump 10-fold

The global market for small rooftop PV systems coupled with power storage systems is expected to increase tenfold over next three years.

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It was $40b cheaper to install solar in 2013 than in 2012

It was $40b cheaper to install solar in 2013 than in 2012

Global climate finance levels are dropping—largely because the cost of solar has fallen so quickly.

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America could get 10% of its energy from solar power by 2030

America could get 10% of its energy from solar power by 2030

Solar power could skyrocket in the next 30 years according to a report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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Tony Abbott's energy rules: It's goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott’s energy rules: It’s goodies versus baddies

Tony Abbott is trying to reduce the global energy debate to a competition between “goodies and baddies.” Coal is good, he says, and in Abbott’s world black clearly trumps green. But he is backing the wrong team.