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Peter Hannam

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

Materials

Waste revolution a boost for 'green' steel

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...

Coal-fired power drops despite heatwave

Coal-fired power station

Peter Hannam The share of coal in eastern Australia's electricity generation network has continued to recede, along with carbon emissions, despite a March heatwave that lifted power demand for the first time in...

Energy

Coal extends retreat despite power surge

Power carbon

Peter Hannam The share of coal in eastern Australia's electricity generation network has continued to recede, along with emissions, despite a March heatwave that lifted power demand for the first time in 16...

Energy

Rising cost prompts solar purchase

Dee Sauvarin looking over her roof and the new installation of solar panels on her Melton West home.15th March 2013, THE AGE, Picture by Mal Fairclough

Peter Hannam For Dee Sauvarin it was a fear of soaring power prices that pushed her into solar power.

Financial Services

Insurer's push to band together on flood alerts

A flood warning sign.

Peter Hannam Australian insurers are wasting millions of dollars gathering data on hazards, such as floods.

Energy

Switch to fully renewable energy within reach: report

Solar

Peter Hannam Australia's main electricity market could source all of its electricity from renewable energy with the help of a carbon price of as low as $50 a tonne, according to research at the University of NSW.

Energy

Electricity retailer 'strike' unplugs renewable sector's growth plans

Pacific Hydro Ltd.

Peter Hannam A 'buyer's strike' by two of Australia's biggest electricity retailers is potentially stalling growth in the renewable energy industry.