Brian Robins

Smart meters coming despite cost concerns

Brian Robins WITH little fanfare, the O'Farrell government is moving towards the introduction of the controversial ''smart meters'' in NSW.

Strategy to pull plug on rising power bills

John Pierce

Brian Robins, Ben Cubby AUSTRALIA'S electricity market is set for a radical overhaul designed to stop power bills rising, under a new strategy outlined by the Australian Energy Markets Commission.

Carbon tax is blamed as axe falls on smelter

Brad Knight with his daughter Ruby

David Wroe, Brian Robins AS MANY as 500 jobs are expected to be lost with the closure of one of the state's two aluminium smelters as a result of the strong dollar, weak metal prices and the prospect of higher power prices.

Carbon tax fallout will hit power bills

Replacing two coal generators in LaTrobe Valley with gas electricity could slash the state's emissions by 9.6 per cent.

Brian Robins Household electricity prices will become exposed to world oil prices following the introduction of a carbon tax, which will result in more electricity being generated from gas.

White paper warns of power price hit on households

Loy Yang Power Station

Brian Robins NSW households would face electricity price rises of 13.35 per cent if a heavily polluting power station was closed, a federal government study has found.

Warning over cuts to solar scheme

Solar panels

Brian Robins The state government has thrown its weight behind a move to halve the price paid for solar electricity, amid warnings of further job losses if the lower rate is implemented.

World demand for gas sparks fears for supply

gas canisters.

Brian Robins The federal government has signalled that it may need to intervene in the gas market to ensure uninterrupted domestic supplies, amid a boom in overseas demand for Australian gas.

City of Sydney plans recycled water network

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Brian Robins The City of Sydney council is finalising plans for a recycled water network to be established throughout much of the city.

Coal seam gas claims were 'falsified'

A protester in Tempe.

Brian Robins The head of one of the most active groups opposing coal seam gas has been accused of falsifying claims by US researchers in submissions to official inquiries.

Oil, gas licences ignite demands for overhaul

No Gas rally

Brian Robins The state must overhaul oil and gas exploration licences as it grapples with rising concerns of farmers over the loss of control of their land and a surging demand for access, environmental groups...

Price rises flood in with water the latest

Brian Robins The price of water is set to rise for the average Sydney household by up to $166 over the next four years.

Water to fill carbon tax hole in state coffers

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Brian Robins The NSW government is planning to siphon hundreds of millions of dollars out of Sydney Water over the next few years, as it moves to replace falls in money received from state-owned electricity...

Solar energy cost hits par with coal fuel

Solar.

Ben Cubby, Brian Robins, Melissa Lahoud The cost of solar power in parts of NSW has for the first time crept below that of coal-fired electricity - seen as a key tipping point for the expansion of renewable energy.

Group buyers feel empowered

Group

Brian Robins A Sydney lawyer has launched a group-buying scheme aimed at winning large discounts from electricity retailers.

Price rises pay off for electricity consumers

Incandescent light bulbs.

Brian Robins Rising electricity prices and a new awareness of ways to cut use have slashed consumer demand.

Water price equity means big bill rise for apartments

Drain.

Brian Robins Unit dwellers are facing steep increases in their water bills as a result of a review being conducted by the pricing regulator, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

NSW bids for unity on coal seam gas rules

Leonie Lamont, Brian Robins The ban by the NSW government on ''fractured stimulation'', better known as ''fracking'', in the NSW coal seam gas sector is unlikely to be extended beyond year-end, with the regulatory regime set to...

Farmers see threat in $900m Santos buyout

Vowing to fight ... Tony Pickard says he will lock his gates to prevent drilling on his land.

Ben Cubby, Brian Robins A gas exploration company chaired by the former deputy prime minister John Anderson will be bought out for $900 million, in a move expected to pave the way for the first large-scale coal seam gas...

Thousands to lose bonus in rethink on solar panels

Solar

Brian Robins THE state government has suspended applications under the $1.9 billion solar bonus scheme following a blow-out in the cost.

Solar bonus blowout to sit on budget bottom line

Solar

Brian Robins THE state government has put the final cost of the solar bonus scheme as high as $1.9 billion and decided that all future costs of the scheme will be funded through the state budget, rather than...