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Peter Hannam

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

Carbon economy

Renewables surge before possible carbon tax demise

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

Carbon Dioxide

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

Carbon

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

Nicholas Armstrong

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'

wind farms.

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

Wind

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

wind

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

Wind farm.

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.

Energy

Lower prices offset carbon tax

Carbon pricing.

Peter Hannam Increased competition among electricity generators has driven down power prices.

Energy

Controversial wind farm gets clean bill of health

Wind

Peter Hannam A controversial $200m wind farm that divided a local community and drew opposition from a nearby maximum security jail has secured planning approval to proceed.

Resources

US shale gas exports 'no threat'

Shale gas.

Peter Hannam US exports of shale gas to Asia are unlikely to undermine the market for Australian gas producers.

Energy

Wintry blasts blow away wind energy records

Wind

Peter Hannam Blustery late-winter weather across south-eastern Australia combined with the addition of new wind farms have blown away records for wind energy supply.

Renewable energy study tips viable reality by 2030

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

Peter Hannam Sources such as wind and solar could supply electricity at prices comparable to fossil fuels by 2030.