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A renewable spat – the political battle over a clean energy future

Opposition leader Bill Shorten knew he was on to a winner when he declared his backing of a 50 per cent target for renewable energy in Australia by 2030 ...But many questions remain: is such a plan feasible, what's the cost and what's the best way to reach the goal? And how far will it go to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and limiting climate change? That after all, is why Australia and the rest of the world must cut fossil-fuel use.
24 Jul 2015

Abbott says RET policies designed to reduce ‘visually awful’ wind farms

“I do take your point about the potential health impact of these things. …when I’ve been up close to these windfarms not only are they visually awful but they make a lot of noise. What we did recently in the Senate was to reduce, Alan, capital R-E-D-U-C-E, the number of these things that we are going to get in the future … I frankly would have liked to have reduced the number a lot more but we got the best deal we could out of the Senate and if we hadn’t had a deal, Alan, we would have been stuck with even more of these things."
11 Jun 2015

Soaring power costs leads to record number of disconnections in Victoria

Asked if the carbon tax had an impact on disconnections, Ms D'Ambrosio said: "There are a range of factors that have seen an increase in disconnections across Victoria, including  cost of energy in Victoria. As reported by the Australian Energy Market Commission last year, Victoria has the highest retail margins compared to any other state in the national electricity market".
18 Feb 2015

Greens clueless on energy

In short, if campaigners get their wish and fossil fuels are phased out by 2040, the world will face an energy gap of at least 9.2 billion tonnes of oil equivalent. That is the equivalent of 147 countries with no energy. To illustrate, an energy gap like that would mean that the 56 nations of Africa, the 44 nations of Latin America, the 12 nations of the Middle East and 35 nations in Asia, including China, would have to exist without energy.
16 Jan 2015

Senate probe on wind farms welcomed

A forthcoming Senate inquiry into wind farms has been welcomed by outspoken south-west opponent Annie Gardner, who called for it to include a comprehensive examination of health issues. But the Clean Energy Council described the move as a waste of money in canvassing issues covered by previous investigations.
26 Nov 2014

Time for the RET to go back to its original intention

The renewable energy sector has cleverly confused the concepts of economic costs, which are the costs of the resources used to produce renewable energy, with prices. They do this to disguise the real cost impact of the RET on the economy and to make themselves a smaller political target. ...The goal of the RET was never about suppressing prices, but this is now the cause célèbre of the renewable industry.
21 Aug 2014

Greenhouse follies must end

What conceivable purpose is served by policies which have no effect whatsoever on global emissions but damage our prosperity? And were dangerous climate change indeed in prospect, how could making us poorer facilitate the adjustments Australia will have to undertake?
3 Aug 2014

Renewables in the doldrums

For Australia’s multi-billion-dollar renewable energy industry, marooned in the doldrums of ­investment uncertainty, the big calm before the renewable energy target review storm came last week. For two consecutive days a high-pressure system becalmed southeastern Australia, stranding the nation’s entire fleet of wind turbines.
2 Aug 2014
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