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Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels

The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the oil and gas industries.

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Displacing coal with wood for power generation will worsen climate change, say researchers

Displacing coal with wood for power generation will worsen climate change, say researchers

New research has challenged the view that wood bioenergy is carbon neutral, and shows wood pellets actually emit more CO2/kWhr than coal. 

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Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Thursday’s sudden outage of Victoria’s Loy Yang B unit marked the 13th failure of a major coal unit this summer – and offered just the latest illustration of the vulnerability of Australia’s ageing and increasingly intermittent coal fleet.

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Frydenberg slapped down on Twitter after ignoring coal failure

Frydenberg slapped down on Twitter after ignoring coal failure

Federal energy minister gets social media slap-down after ignoring coal plant failure in Tweet about Thursday’s power price spike.

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US energy regulator rejects GOP proposal to bail out coal

US energy regulator rejects GOP proposal to bail out coal

America’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected energy secretary Rick Perry’s request for rule change in competitive wholesale markets to favor coal and nuclear plants. Could cooler heads be prevailing?

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Replacing India’s coal plants with solar and wind could save billions, analysis finds

Replacing India’s coal plants with solar and wind could save billions, analysis finds

New research shows nearly two-thirds of India’s coal power generation is no longer price competitive with new solar and wind.

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Germany lifts 2030 renewable energy target to 65%

Germany lifts 2030 renewable energy target to 65%

On Friday, a 28-page text covering the main policy fields cursorily was published after a previous draft had been leaked. For energy policy, the changes are encouraging, but a lot of question marks remain.

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German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

Electricity from renewables in Germany grew by a record amount, but one big news item may have been overlooked amidst all the new records.

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This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

New Colorado wind farms with batteries are now cheaper than running old coal plants.

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Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

The death spiral for cars; Tesla’s Big Battery – and electric truck; the two faces of Malcolm Turnbull; and all the other stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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BHP may dump global group, but looks to forgive Australian coal lobby

BHP may dump global group, but looks to forgive Australian coal lobby

BHP flags cutting ties with international coal lobby groups, but appears more forgiving of Minerals Council, other Australian organisations.