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IEA: Renewables investment in India topped fossil fuels for first time in 2017

IEA: Renewables investment in India topped fossil fuels for first time in 2017

IEA reoprt says final investment decisions for coal power plants fell by 18% in 2017, to just a third of 2010 levels. And in India, investment in renewable power beat investment in fossil fuels for the first time.

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Engie fined for being asleep as South Australia tried to avert blackout

Engie fined for being asleep as South Australia tried to avert blackout

Peaking plant in South Australia fined for not following instructions after network fault that forced BHP’s Olympic Dam to wind down production and narrowly averted wider blackouts.

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Investors reap rewards as CleanTech Index marks 5 years of ASX outperformance

Investors reap rewards as CleanTech Index marks 5 years of ASX outperformance

Australian CleanTech Index has outperformed ASX200 by cumulative 89% over last five financial years and, for fifth year in row has outperformed the wider market. And investors are making handsome profits.

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Snowy 2.0 will result in more coal power, delayed solar and other storage

Snowy 2.0 will result in more coal power, delayed solar and other storage

AEMO report confirms suspicions that the construction of proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project would result in more coal being burned for power needs, and will crowd out large scale solar and other storage projects.

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Gupta's grand solar plans in South Australia get network tick

Gupta’s grand solar plans in South Australia get network tick

AEMO says two South Australian regions could add 2GW of renewables without any transmission upgrades, and suggests Roxby Downs could emerge as major solar energy region.

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ISP's Devil is in the detail, but the pressure is on coal

ISP’s Devil is in the detail, but the pressure is on coal

ISP details reveal that the pressure is on coal, solar is assumed to be cheaper than wind, small solar is cheaper than big solar, and transmission for many renewable energy zones won’t be available before 2040.

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Ergon takes steps to manage booming rooftop solar uptake

Ergon takes steps to manage booming rooftop solar uptake

UPDATED: Regional Queensland network operator rolls out technology to allow more rooftop solar power to be exported to the grid, without disrupting supply.

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ACT won't back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure

ACT won’t back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under “enormous pressure” to agree to NEG, but that won’t be happening in the policy’s current form.

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Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030

Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030

King coal to rule? Murdoch media should read the AEMO report again – it suggests that even under Coalition and state policies renewables will be around 50% by 2030. And that’s without being serious about climate change.

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Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices

Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices

CSIRO report says Australia could lead world in re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, generating potential billion-dollar industry, and helping to push down costs of EVs and battery storage.

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Know your NEM: New capacity casts a long shadow

Know your NEM: New capacity casts a long shadow

The pipeline of wind and solar shows 3.3GW of wind and 3.4GW of solar PV either commissioning, under construction or certain to proceed. Add to that another 3GW of rooftop solar.