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Peter Hannam

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

Renewables

Consumers switch on to solar power

Peter Hannam The rise of solar energy has caught many off guard and, in certain locations, is starting to test the limits of existing infrastructure.

Renewables

AGL chief takes shot at rivals

AGL shop.

Peter Hannam The head of one of Australia's biggest energy companies has blasted rivals for fuelling uncertainty over the renewable energy target (RET) and for misrepresenting the costs of clean sources of power.

Energy

AGL unveils Australia's biggest solar energy plants

solar

Peter Hannam Australia will get its largest solar ventures with AGL Energy today announcing it will proceed with two projects in NSW costing a total of $450 million.

Environment

Series of setbacks for carbon pricing

Carbon emissions.

Peter Hannam Australian companies won't be too upset by units trading at a 30th of the current carbon price of $24.15 a tonne.

Environment

China will act on emissions for its own reasons, says analyst

China and pollution.

Peter Hannam Yang Fuqiang has little patience with arguments the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide should leave it to richer nations to take the lead on climate change.

Renewables

Solar energy growth could drive out coal by 2040, expert says

Solar

Peter Hannam Australia could phase out almost all its fossil-fuel sourced electricity by 2040 if it doubled the current rate of take-up of solar energy, says Professor Ken Baldwin, director of ANU's Energy Change...

Energy

Hot rocks power company seeking customers

Geothermal project.

Peter Hannam Geodynamics, the developer of Australia's first deep hot rocks energy project, aims to secure the first customers for its Cooper Basin site within six to 12 months.

Mild winter helps cut power use in NSW, Victoria

electricity

Peter Hannam The slump in electricity demand is gathering pace in eastern Australia, with the recent mild winter contributing to decade lows for power use in NSW and Victoria, energy experts say.

Environment

Confusion reigns in carbon debacle

Lots of hot air, but that's about all.

Peter Hannam Many probably wish policy making could approach the certainty held by climate scientists.

Carbon change 'must not halt energy efficiency'

carbon

Peter Hannam Australia's businesses would be wrong to think an earlier-than-planned shift to a floating price for carbon dulls the urgency to improve energy productivity and reduce emissions, The Climate...

Shift smart politics but turbulence on horizon

Power plants

Peter Hannam Back in 2006, when John Howard set up a prime ministerial task group to develop an emissions trading scheme, he turned to some of the nation's biggest polluters for advice.

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Half of firms say they aren't feeling heat of carbon tax

Carbon tax

Peter Hannam Almost half of businesses say the carbon tax has little or no impact on their operations.

Power use down since carbon tax

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Peter Hannam Carbon dioxide emissions of eastern power sector down by 12.2 million tonnes.

Coal dust consultants reject 'major flaw' claim

Coal Preparation Plant.

Peter Hannam Consultants responsible for a report into dust from coal trains reject findings by an independent expert appointed by the NSW EPA that their work had contained a “major error”.

'Major error' in coal dust report forces review

Coal

Peter Hannam The NSW Environmental Protection Agency has been forced into an embarrassing backdown after a 'major error' on an inquiry into coal dust.

Carbon

Limiting the impact of climate change action

Lovely windfarm.

Peter Hannam Leading analysts say governments should avoid costly subsidies for renewable energy and businesses.

Carbon

Green energy helps reduce power bills, study finds

Wind

Peter Hannam Wind farms, hydro power and other renewable energy sources will actually cut household electricity bills, not push up bills as detractors have claimed, a new study finds.

Energy

Coal industry report warns against 'radical campaign'

coal

Peter Hannam Concepts such as a 'carbon price bubble' are part of a "radical campaign" to scare off investors, according to a report commissioned by the coal industry.

Coal

GVK rejects claim Alpha is 'stranded'

GVK coal.

Peter Hannam GVK dismisses claims it will be unable to develop the $10 billion Alpha coal project.

Recycling

Gas salvage from cars would be win for air

auto wreckers

Peter Hannam Insurance industry criticised for blocking recovery of highly potent greenhouse gases.