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Category: Governments

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china solar

Why it pays to keep an eye on China’s solar market

Just as in almost every other industry these days, it pays to keep a close eye on what happens in the Middle Kingdom.

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New global leader of EV uptake emerges – in Massachusetts

New global leader of EV uptake emerges – in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Senate unanimously passes energy bill promising to dramatically reshape the vehicles and fuels that power its transportation system.

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renewables

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

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NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst

NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst

The NEG does nothing. It won’t lower prices, it won’t reduce the large gentailer influence, it won’t bring about new investment. In short, it’s fraud as far as policy goes.

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ESB leaves some unexpected booby traps in latest NEG update

ESB leaves some unexpected booby traps in latest NEG update

Latest version of National Energy Guarantee raises concerns it could put a de-facto cap on efforts by states, retailers and even corporate buyers, while the creation of a closed registry raises issues about transparency.

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Demand response is disrupting Australia's ancillary services markets

Demand response is disrupting Australia’s ancillary services markets

Demand response is so hot right now. But how does it work? And what sort of impact are these new resources having on the NEM’s frequency and ancillary services markets?

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ESB adds some meat to skeleton of "do nothing" NEG

ESB adds some meat to skeleton of “do nothing” NEG

Update: ESB proposes penalties of up to $100 million for retailers failing to meet emissions obligations, as it puts more meat on the skeleton of the National Energy Guarantee, and after briefing state and territory ministers on Friday.

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Electric vehicle policy support "urgent", as sales inch up in 2017

Electric vehicle policy support “urgent”, as sales inch up in 2017

Australian electric vehicle sales jumped 67% in 2017 – but off an embarrassingly low base. New report calls for urgent policy support for EV uptake, as Australia continues to fall behind the rest of the world.

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Weak NEG puts pressure on farmers, truckers, factories to cut emissions

Weak NEG puts pressure on farmers, truckers, factories to cut emissions

A weak NEG will let the electricity sector off lightly, and put pressure on emissions reductions on to truckers, farmers and factories. Here’s what needs to be done.

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Energy retailer greed backfires, as consumers switch to solar, batteries

Energy retailer greed backfires, as consumers switch to solar, batteries

Consumers now trust energy retailers less than they do banks and insurers, thanks to soaring prices and confusing bills, so they are taking matters into their own hands, and looking to solar and storage.

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Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target – government

Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target – government

The economic boom, the pressure of immigration, and high emissions in transport mean that the energy transition pioneer is headed for a greenhouse gas emission cut of only 32%.