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States wave through NEG that is even worse than thought

States wave through NEG that is even worse than thought

States quickly agree on approval for more work to be done on National Energy Guarantee. But concerns remain about the emissions target, and new analysis that suggests the electricity sector is being asked to address just 5 per cent of required reductions.

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Five red line items that need to be fixed before NEG is agreed

Five red line items that need to be fixed before NEG is agreed

“Even if the Energy Security Board gives Malcolm Turnbull a Rolls Royce model of energy policy, it’s not going to be of much use to the country if he immediately seeks to put it in the garage and lock it up for 10 years.”

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Whichever way you cut it, Turnbull's climate policy is still a sham

Whichever way you cut it, Turnbull’s climate policy is still a sham

Alan Jones says Craig Kelly should be energy minister. In effect, he already is, because the Coalition’s woeful policy is a craven attempt to pacify the right wing. Despite the NEG, or maybe because of it, a bipartisan approach to energy and climate is as elusive as ever.

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Reliability guarantee? It now exists in name only

Reliability guarantee? It now exists in name only

Energy Security Board has finally got smart about reliability, and dumped plans promised to conservatives that would try and turn wind and solar plants into “base-load” generators. This is a huge development, and a victory for smart economics, and engineering.

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Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper

Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper

Coalition refuses to budge on emissions targets for NEG, despite considerable shift on technical details of emissions and reliability obligations from Energy Security Board.

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ACT takes lead on EVs, all new government cars to be zero emissions

ACT takes lead on EVs, all new government cars to be zero emissions

ACT unveils major push into electric vehicles, including zero emission mandate for government fleets, charging infrastructure, use of transit lanes, salary sacrifice for electric bikes, and studies on using EVs and their batteries to help manage the grid.

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Energy Security Board makes big concessions on NEG

Energy Security Board makes big concessions on NEG

ESB makes major concessions, dropping push for physical contracts on emissions, and a “light touch” reliability obligation. However, major policy issues are addressed in separate government document that even the ESB had not seen.

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Turnbull's brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes

Turnbull’s brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes

Turnbull hails half a billion dollar, year long project that will turn Victoria brown coal into just three tonnes of hydrogen fuel. Has the world gone completely mad?

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Frydenberg takes the low road: It's a weak NEG or nothing

Frydenberg takes the low road: It’s a weak NEG or nothing

Frydenberg calls for an end to ideology and culture wars on energy, while presenting – with breathtaking cynicism – a policy that panders to right wing ideology and culture wars. It’s the NEG or nothing, he warns. Many might suggest that nothing is more attractive.

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Why Australia's wind and solar market could grind to a halt

Why Australia’s wind and solar market could grind to a halt

Recent surge in large scale wind and solar projects will quickly come to an end – regardless of policy – because Australia’s emissions reduction targets are so weak, and because the Coalition is so determined to defend coal.

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Tesla big battery is changing the way people think about the grid

Tesla big battery is changing the way people think about the grid

Tesla big battery is causing a rethink about the way the grid is managed. It will already become a front-line defence in a new mechanism designed to prevent black-outs and load-shedding in the event of a major fault.