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Angela Macdonald-Smith 5:34pm The dive in oil prices could wipe more than $30 billion from Australia’s export bounty from liquefied natural gas in 2017-18, gouging a huge hole in revenue compared to the projections of just a year ago, according to Westpac economists.
PETER HANNAM The flagging Australian solar industry will get a $33.3 million boost as the government's green investment bank combines with a Chinese partner to spur companies to take up more photovoltaic panels.
Mathew Carr Europe's attempt to revive its carbon market is being thwarted by a lack of pollution.
China's state planning agency has ordered the city of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to draw up plans to reduce coal consumption in a bid to improve air quality, according to a policy document released on Wednesday.
PETER HANNAM Australia’s ranking among investors in large-scale renewable energy plummeted in 2014, dropping behind much poorer nations.
NICOLE HASHAM NSW faces three weeks’ worth of gas shortages in winter next year and the state government might have to invoke emergency powers to ration gas supplies, a leading energy company has warned.
Ehren Goossens Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun's rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say.
PETER HANNAM Australia’s small-scale solar energy industry held steady in 2014 although uncertainty about the Abbott government’s support for renewable energy and rising costs for imported panels as the dollar wilts are casting a cloud over the sector.
BRIAN ROBINS Snowy Hydro has bulked up its power generation assets further with the acquisition of a gas-fired peaking power station in the Hunter Valley.
BRIAN ROBINS The Australian Energy Regulator has found that while average spot prices in Queensland eased in 2013-14, they were 14 per cent higher than NSW prices.
PETER HANNAM Australia is the worst-performing developed nation when it comes to climate-change action, a survey by European non-government organisations shows.
PETER HANNAM Australian researchers have achieved world-beating levels of converting sunlight into electricity, potentially making large-scale solar plants more competitive with other energy sources such as coal.
Developing countries may need as much as $US250-$US500 billion per year by mid-century to deal with the fallout from climate change, a UN report has warned.
Alex Morales A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany's biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
Germany's top utility E.ON says it will split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, in a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.
PETER HANNAM Australia’s carbon emissions from the main electricity sector continue to climb, driving up the national total just as nations gather in Peru to negotiate a global pact to halt climate change.
PETER HANNAM The state’s chief environmental regulator has quietly begun a year-long study of fugitive methane emissions in a bid to calm community concerns about the coal seam gas industry.
PETER KER Having reluctantly accepted mining on their ancestral lands, the indigenous people who live beside the nation's biggest uranium mine could soon watch see their industrial interloper depart.
STEPHEN CAUCHI Cheap coal-fueled electricity is touted by miners and politicians as a way out of poverty for developing nations, but apparently Africa hasn’t been listening.
PETER KER Mackenzie says BHP would invest in other commodities if the world moves quickly to a "green horizon"
Diane Cardwell For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.
Germany is working on a new law to force energy companies to shut down several more coal-fired power plants as it tries to reach ambitious climate goals, a document seen by Reuters showed on Sunday.
PETER KER Shareholders say remuneration is out of sync with sliding commodity prices.
Governments are far off track in combating global warming and should phase out net carbon dioxide emissions by 2070, well within the expected lifetime of people born today, a UN study said on Wednesday.
Jim Polson A majority of Americans support tougher pollution limits on coal-burning power plants even if it means paying more for electricity.
PETER HANNAM Methane levels near coal seam gas fields in Australia have been found to be as much as triple normal levels, raising renewed doubts about the global-warming benefits of using the gas compared with other energy sources.
China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an influential government think tank said on Tuesday.
PETER HANNAM Half the firms surveyed backed deeper cuts than 5 per cent of 2000-level emissions by the end of the decade.
Debjit Chakraborty and Ganesh Nagarajan India said its renewable-energy industry must eventually learn to live without government support and that it's seeking to generate five times more power from solar by 2022 than is currently installed.
PETER HANNAM The Abbott government has been left squirming on another climate front after key ally Canada said it will contribute to a United Nations climate fund to help impoverished countries cope with global warming. Tony Abbot has said that Australia will not be contributing to the fund.
MICHAEL WEST If you joined the dots you’d conclude that taxpayers are going to subsidise Queensland’s Galilee Basin coal project, despite the G20 calls to end subsidies, low coal prices and some dubious economics.
PETER HANNAM The US-China pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions is "unprecedented" but won’t be enough to prevent dangerous climate change, said Pep Canadell, the head of CSIRO’s Global Carbon Project.
GrainCorp fears this year's harvest from Australia's eastern states will be below average amid hot, dry conditions in many areas.
PETER HANNAM Ross Garnaut, a China expert and compiler of two emissions trading reviews for governments, said the US-China deal represents a bigger shift for the Americans.
PETER HANNAM Global energy demand growth will halve by 2025 but fossil fuels will continue to dominate, leaving the planet on a warming trajectory of 3.6 degrees, according to the International Energy Agency.
PETER HANNAM Labor's decision to end talks for a compromise leaves the government no options but to try to secure another Palmer United Party back-flip.
PETER HANNAM Soaring gas prices have prompted the NSW government to expand its energy efficiency support program to include gas as well as electricity.
LATIKA BOURKE A major report into climate change says Australia will need to substantially lift its carbon emission reduction target to 40 per cent by 2025 and is calling on political leaders to look beyond the short-term debate focused on the 2020 goal.
Australia should reduce net emissions by 40 per cent by 2025 and decarbonise the economy by 2050, a climate body report says.
PETER HANNAM Claims by federal politicians that new coalmines in Australia would lift hundreds of millions out of poverty were merely echoing hyperbole by big mining companies, The Australia Institute said in a new report.
PETER HANNAM Australia’s electricity sector has responded to the end of the carbon tax and rising gas prices by burning more coal, lifting carbon emissions and making it harder for the Abbott government’s direct action policy to meet the country’s 2020 target.
UN calls to curb greenhouse gas emissions by ending most electricity generation using coal will face some tough challenges, with coal mining going through a growth spurt in countries such as Australia.
PETER HANNAM Opinion Direct Action, the centrepiece of the Abbott government’s efforts to address climate change, remains a largely unknown quantity even in the wake of this week’s breakthrough deal between the Coalition and Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party.
Bloomberg News China is on course this year to build four times the total wind power installed in all of Denmark as developers push to build the turbines ahead of cuts to incentives originally designed to spur the industry.
Mark Kenny, Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of a return to emissions trading in a trade-off for the Palmer United Party's support for his controversial Direct Action climate policy.
PETER HANNAM The Abbott government appears poised to fast-track the approval of plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge from a coal port expansion on to internationally significant wetlands.
Justin Doom Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded.
PETER HANNAM Proponents of Australia's largest prospective coal mines say they are undeterred by the decision of two leading US banks not to participate in any funding of a related port expansion in Queensland.
MICHAEL KOZIOL Whitehaven Coal managing director Paul Flynn has delivered a spirited defence of the coal industry as an economic and environmental good, saying we may be relying on the fossil fuel to tackle climate change.
PETER HANNAM Lowering the renewable energy target is likely to undermine existing investments while freezing new ones, and open the federal government to demands for compensation, a leading law firm has said in a report.