The utility says it can win the revised tender for Solar Flagships – or find another way to push open the door.
The pricing recommended in the final IPART report on solar tariffs in NSW is less important than its failure to imagine the future. The NSW energy industry remains rooted in the past. Chalk up another big win for the incumbents.
Predictions for the demise of solar PV in 2012 may be premature. The China market may quadruple, the US may double and even Germany looks set to make gains, despite tariff changes. Plus: the big predictions for clean-tech this year, and how the US military, post nuclear Japan and building refits will influence the market.
…and how to get a $1 trillion finance sector, used to shopping centres, car parks and coal mines, to invest in emerging clean energy technologies.
Australia sits on a handsome surplus of Kyoto carbon credits, but who’s going to buy them? Plus, hopes that global emissions surge was a one-off blip, and why King Coal is losing its crown in the US.
Australia’s expertise in carbon management is starting to pay dividends for some companies.
China is reportedly looking to introduce an absolute cap on coal consumption from 2015. If true, the Australian government and the private sector should revisit their projections for international coal demand over the next decade or two. They could be wildly optimistic.
There is a lot less hype around the geothermal industry as Geodynamics resumes drilling at Habanero.
Suntech and UNSW have achieved a new efficiency record for solar cells; Moree Solar partner gets cash injection, and first grant under Emerging Renewables.
Surging oil prices are having the same economic impact as a $190 carbon price, the merit order effect is killing gas in Europe, Chinese solar companies are losing billions; solar is nearly as cheap as fossil fuels; and our coal miners are crazy.