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Peter Hannam

Peter Hannam covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.

Energy

Clean Energy Finance Corp extends $20m loan to Carnegie Wave Energy

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Peter Hannam Carnegie Wave Energy has been extended a $20m loan by the Clean Energy Finance Corp.

Santos rejects shareholder demands for halt to CSG project

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Peter Hannam Santos has dismissed shareholder demands for an immediate end to its coal seam gas project in the Pilliga, saying they are being led by “extremist activist groups”.

Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback

Peter Hannam It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix, with coal-fired generators lifting their share of Australia's main power market in February.

Energy

Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback

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Peter Hannam It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix.

Share returns barely dented by dumping fossil fuels, study finds

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Peter Hannam Australians could sell their shares in fossil-fuel companies with little impact on overall portfolio returns while eliminating exposure to the so-called “carbon bubble”, a new report...

Carbon economy

Renewables surge before possible carbon tax demise

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Peter Hannam A rush to take advantage of the carbon price has allowed renewable energy to grab its largest share of eastern Australia's main electricity market since the 1970s.

Finance

Culling 'giant green hedge fund' will hit Abbott budget, body says

Cows stand near the wind turbines operating on Capital Wind Farm in Bungendore.

Peter Hannam Scrapping the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corp will strip between $110 million and $171 million a year from the federal budget rather than save the government money, the fund will tell a Senate...

Energy

Solar jobs go as uncertainty clouds PV outlook

Echuca is Victoria's top solar power postcode.

Peter Hannam Thousands of jobs have been shed this year in Australia's solar photovoltaic industry as the rollback of state-based incentives dims the appeal of roof-top panels.

Carbon culprits

BHP among world's 20 largest climate culprits

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Peter Hannam Almost two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources can be traced to 90 major entities, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, according to a peer-reviewed study.

Carbon

OECD takes aim at direct action plan

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Peter Hannam Government's direct action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions cops another barb, this time from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Abbott's Direct Action climate policy draws more flak

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Peter Hannam The Abbott government's Direct Action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions has copped another barb, this time from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Carbon

Direct Action keeps states guessing

Greens want a proposed power plant to lose a $100 million federal grant.

Peter Hannam Remember how the arrival of the carbon price was supposed to drive Australia to a lower carbon future?

Direct Action keeps state policymakers guessing

Peter Hannam Remember how the arrival of the carbon price was supposed to drive Australia to a lower carbon future?

Exploration

Santos green light to drill in forests

Local farmer Tony Pickard.

Peter Hannam The NSW government said it had approved the drilling by Santos of eight exploration coal seam gas wells, provided 'strict' environmental conditions are met.

Energy

Helping hand for COzero

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Peter Hannam COzero, a former BRW Fast 100 firm, aims to recover its formula for explosive growth.

Loan to wind farm operator may be last act for 'green bank'

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Peter Hannam Set to be scrapped bank okays funding for jobs, market competition and clean energy.

Energy

Green bank funds Portland wind farm in final fling

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Peter Hannam The $10b green investment bank, set to be scrapped by the incoming Coalition government, will create hundreds of jobs, increase market competition and provide enough clean energy to power 31,000...

Carbon

Coalition's energy policy leaves renewable industry wondering

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Peter Hannam Little of the Coalition's energy policy and proposed action on climate change is clear cut.

Energy

Regulator gives tick to power upgrade

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Peter Hannam South Australia's wind farms should now be able to export more electricity to Victoria.

Dim future for coal as renewables rise, research finds

Energy

Peter Hannam Australia's energy industry is on an inevitable path away from fossil fuels and further investment in the sector, particularly in coal, would be very risky, according to research by UNSW.