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Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

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A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty

November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel. Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

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Businessman Jason Sharam’s Linked Group has spent $460,000 on a solar and battery installation. Photograph: Jason Sharam

From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’

October 29, 2017 — In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way. Continue reading ‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

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China still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped construction at 33 sites in the past three months. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark

October 16, 2017 — This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty. Continue reading The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

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Research commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation on the clean energy target says the trajectory of emissions reduction is not strong enough. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Target will transfer pressure to other sectors of the economy to reduce their emissions, research shows

August 29, 2017 — The clean energy target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, won’t deliver Australia’s obligations under the Paris agreement and will only transfer Continue reading Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

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‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

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Morning mist surrounds the smokestacks at the now-closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The pace of coal plants shutting down in Australia could mean the country’s fleet could be gone before 2040. The transformation is enormous – and seems inevitable

August 23, 2017 —For a glimpse into the future of coal power in Australia, go west. The country’s last major investment in coal-fired electricity was in Western Australia in 2009, when Colin Barnett’s Continue reading Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

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LNG plants on Curtis Island. ‘The whole project was built on over-inflated forecasts,’ an analyst has said of the Santos devaluation. Photograph: Matthew Abbott for the Guardian

Santos wipes more than $1bn from its LNG plant in Queensland – just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation

August 15, 2017 — Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value. Continue reading Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply

Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

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A representative of Victoria’s Yallourn power plant, pictured, told the EPA it did not report when pollution levels were exceeded. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

August 14, 2017 — Australian coal-fired power stations produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and regularly exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia. Continue reading Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

Australian local councils lead the way in tackling climate change as federal policy stalls

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The Climate Council has pointed to findings showing that 70% of the emissions reductions required to keep global warming at 2C can be achieved by making changes at the local level. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Thirty-five councils pledge to switch renewable energy, maximise public transport use and develop more climate-resilient communities

July 19, 2017 — Local councils across Australia are taking climate action into their own hands as climate policy paralysis plagues the federal government. Continue reading Australian local councils lead the way in tackling climate change as federal policy stalls