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Peter Hannam Columns

Saturday June 07, 2014

Blackout on green projects if target for renewables is axed

Billions of dollars in renewable energy investments could be facing the chop.

Monday May 05, 2014

Bright future as more Australian rooftops convert to solar photovoltaic power

Solar will continue to spread across, head of the second-largest US PV producer says.

Friday March 07, 2014

Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback

It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix, with coal-fired generators lifting their share of Australia's main power market in February.

Friday September 13, 2013

Loan to wind farm operator may be last act for 'green bank'

Set to be scrapped bank okays funding for jobs, market competition and clean energy.

Saturday April 13, 2013

China's winds of change buffet foreign investors

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

Friday March 29, 2013

IMF calls for end to global fuel subsidies

International Monetary Fund says subsidies increase inequality and raise greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday March 21, 2013

Drought in NZ sends global milk prices soaring

Global milk prices have soared to a record high as New Zealand's worst drought in decades drains growth and conditions limit output in Australia and elsewhere.

Saturday March 16, 2013

Report rejects subsidised premiums in flood zones

A Productivity Commission report into climate change adaptation has argued against subsidised premiums for homeowners living in flood-prone regions, a finding that drew praise from insurers and the government but disappointed the head of a review into disaster insurance.

Wednesday February 13, 2013

Full dams spur rise in hydro energy

A RISE in hydro power and further inroads from other renewable energy sources is contributing to a drop in carbon emissions from the electricity sector, according to Pitt & Sherry research.

Saturday February 09, 2013

Steep premium rises lead to fall in protection

Rising premiums and patchy economic growth contributes to businesses ditching property insurance.

Tuesday February 05, 2013

China sets pace for wind turbines

China installed more than a third of the world's new wind turbines last year and is on course to beat the government's 2015 target of 100 gigawatts of generation capacity.

Solar thermal costs 'can match photovoltaic by 2020'

The new head of Australia's solar thermal research effort says the cost of generating electricity can be halved by 2020.

Saturday February 02, 2013

Hottest year start keeps climate change in spotlight

For Australia, 2013 looks like being a 'year of living extremely' if January is anything to go by.

Walls keep water out and flood bills down

Grafton narrowly escaped a major flood this week to the reported delight of the NSW Premier.

Saturday January 05, 2013

Counting on an Abbott election win

THE carbon tax may have been a hot political topic last year but carbon trading seems to be sliding down the corporate agenda, here and overseas.

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