Australia is going backwards in climate and energy policies and is being accused of deliberately throttling the renewable energy industry, and of gilding the lily on its Direct Action achievements. Meanwhile, pressure mounts for global climate targets to be even more ambitious.
In the Orwellian world of the Abbott government, coal is good, wind is bad; a cut in renewables is not a cut but an increase; and spending 1/4 of its carbon budget on just 15% of its target is not so much a failure as a resounding success and a blueprint for the world to follow.
NSW Labor wants mandatory tariffs for solar exports, opportunity for households to trade electricity, and a focus on decentralized generation.
The wind and solar projects that Australia may never see because of Abbott government’s attack on the RET.
South Australia says it has already met its 33% renewable target, and will lift this to 50% for 2025 – if the national RET stays in place.
SunPower has flagged the introduction of battery storage into the commercial market in 2015 in Australia, as it looks to rapidly expand its home energy service offerings.
Conservative governments used the last week of parliament to renew their attack on the carbon price, clean energy and climate bodies. They also pushed through approvals for coal mines, brown coal exports, dredging the barrier reef, and delisting the Murray Basin. But not all went to plan.
The agency’s second investment plan reveals a new focus on creating ‘hybrid’ renewable-fossil fuel plants, and on grid integration.
US President Barack Obama says it’s time to by-pass ‘flat-earthers’ and act on the moral obligation to curb carbon pollution. Unable to introduce a carbon price, his plan instead invokes direct action – but with real bite; doubling down on coal and power plant emissions and doubling up on efficiency and renewable generation on public lands.
The IEA says the world is not acting quickly enough on decarbonising its energy system. In its third major report, it notes good progress in solar PV, onshore wind and hydro, but says CSP and offshore wind is dragging the chain, and CCS and nuclear are stalled. It wants governments to act decisively, before it’s too late.