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Peter Hannam

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

Green Energy

The rise to power of the new sun kings

Ben Waters.

Peter Hannam As proponents of green energy go, Samuel Yang and Ben Waters could hardly be less alike.

Carbon

Cost of biofuels no longer sky high

Sugarcane farmers are optimistic for this year's harvest.

Peter Hannam Whether it's the use of organisms first found in the guts of rabbits in New Zealand or converting the mountains of rubbish disposed of by Londoners, airlines around the world are hunting for ways to...

Energy

Australian coal miners face China cap

China coal

Peter Hannam China's new leadership has a new slogan - 'control coal' - and Australia's coal exporters underestimate their resolve to cap consumption of the fossil fuel at their peril, a Chinese researcher says.

Budget

Poor lose out in energy efficiency cuts

Dimplex heater

Peter Hannam Government plans to slash energy efficiency programs will fall hardest on poorer households and local governments despite their sizeable returns on spending, industry experts say.

Energy

Power giant cuts stake in controversial wind farm

wind

Peter Hannam EnergyAustralia raises $228m from the sale of 75% of its stake in the controversial Waterloo wind farm in South Australia but says it remains committed to the project’s expansion.

Media

Bloomberg breach serious but not terminal

Dan Doctoroff.

Peter Hannam The surprise surrounding news giant Bloomberg may only be that it has taken so long to erupt.

Materials

Waste revolution a boost for 'green' steel

Steel might be a lot more sustainable than you thought.

Peter Hannam Rubber, plastics and palm waste are not ingredients most people associate with steel girders and beams.

Sun power advocacy lights up

Roof top solar panels western Melbourne suburb Tarneit  Wednesday 25 July 2012 Picture by Craig Abraham 
The Age

Peter Hannam Australian residents with solar panels now less likely to be treated poorly, backers say.

Trade

Chinese 'knee-capping' solar-panel rivals

solar

Peter Hannam Australia's sole remaining maker of solar photovoltaic panels has called on the government to save local skills in the industry.

ACCC

Solar firm placed under a cloud

solar panels

Peter Hannam A major solar-panel provider has been accused of making false and misleading claims about the source of its photovoltaic panels and posting fake testimonials on the internet.

Energy

Local wind farm curbs point Windlab offshore

Wind

Peter Hannam Windlab Systems says on-going doubts about over Australia’s renewable energy policies is prompting it to turn to overseas markets for growth - including sealing South Africa's biggest deal.

Efficiency

Firms 'missing out' on big energy savings

mining

Peter Hannam Australian companies are saving the equivalent of one-quarter of residential energy demand - but could do much better.

Finance

Big banks finance reef destruction, activists claim

Reef and energy

Peter Hannam Australia's big four banks are leading lenders to the massive expansion in coal and gas shipments through the Great Barrier Reef, contradicting their own pledges, according to activist group Market...

Energy

China's winds of change buffet foreign investors

Vestas Wind Systems.

Peter Hannam The world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer knows only too well the challenges of doing business in the country.

Resources

Costs in focus after Browse project dumped

Woodside Pluto LNG Loading terminal.

Glenda Kwek, Ben Cubby and Peter Hannam Woodside's decision to shelve its controversial $40-billion-plus Browse venture has renewed focus on Australia's lagging competitiveness in mega projects.

Companies face uncertainty over wind farm rules

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

Peter Hannam As much as $3 billion in wind farm investments may be diverted elsewhere as the state government dithers over guidelines and reporting procedures, developers and suppliers say.

Energy

True size of solar subsidies exaggerated, researchers say

Solar

Peter Hannam The true cost to consumers of subsidies to solar energy has been 'somewhat exaggerated' , according to energy researchers.

Energy

Billions at risk as state wavers on wind rules

wind

Peter Hannam As much as $3 billion in wind farm investments may be diverted elsewhere as the NSW government dithers over guidelines and reporting procedures, developers and suppliers say.

Budget

Slashing fossil fuel subsidies would save billions, campaigners say

Mining

Peter Hannam The federal government could save billions of dollars a year by cutting fossil-fuel subsidies in next month's budget, green groups say.

Harbour's green hopes

Peter Hannam The furore over whether billionaire James Packer gets his VIP-only casino on Sydney Harbour won't diminish the site's deep green credentials, according to Lend Lease, developer of the $6 billion...