Renewable Energy

Cost of solar panels to rise by half if target chopped

Peter Hannam The cost of solar panels for residences is likely to rise by as much as 50 per cent if the Abbott government takes up the recommendations of its hand-picked panel to wind back the small-scale...

Solar farm abandoned amid uncertainty over renewable energy target

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Bridie Smith The company planning to build one of the country’s largest solar farms has walked away from the project amid uncertainty over federal government support for a long-term renewable energy target.

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Australia's renewable energy industry grinds to a halt

Shadow looms over large-scale renewables in Australia.

Peter Hannam Australia's investment in renewable energy all but dried up in the first half of 2014 amid uncertainty fuelled by the government's latest review of the mandatory target.

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Renewable energy: NSW to be 'Australia's answer to California'

Time to get cracking on renewables and energy efficiency, the NSW government says.

Peter Hannam Baird government plans to adorn its buildings with solar panels and ease the way for more wind farms.

Farmers, activists warn against reducing renewable energy target on Global Wind Energy Day

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Markus Mannheim Boorowa grazier Paul Magee hopes the growing wind-energy industry will help lure young people back to the bush.

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Households face higher power bills by 2020 if renewable-energy target is scrapped, study finds

Axing our 20% renewable energy target will lead to ... $22 a year savings for households to 2017-18, $50 a year cost to households by 2020, $11b less in investments in renewable energy projects and 34.7m tonnes more greenhouse gas emissions by 2019-20. SOURCE: ROAM CONSULTING, CLEAN ENERGY COUNCIL

Tom Arup Axing Australia’s renewable-energy target – currently under review by the Abbott government – would halt $11 billion in future investments and mean higher household power bills by...

Mike Baird gives backing for renewable energy target

A technician stands on a wind turbine nacelle at Capital Wind Farm in Bungendore, Australia, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. The wind farm comprises 67 2.1MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 140.7MW, which is equivalent to providing the energy needs of approximately 60,000 homes. The electricity generated at the Capital Wind Farm is fed directly into the TransGrid network via an onsite substation, with the majority of output going on to supply the Sydney Desalination Plant at Kurnell. 
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Peter Hannam The NSW government has broken ranks with conservative counterparts in Canberra and the other states by declaring its strong support for the national renewable energy target.

Solar PV jobs to crash if renewable energy target is scrapped, report finds

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Peter Hannam The recent decline of demand for solar photovoltaic panels would accelerate sharply if the Abbott government scrapped the renewable energy target (RET), potentially halving jobs in the industry, new...

Climate change sceptic Dick Warburton's new role adds to renewable energy uncertainty

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Peter Hannam D espite a role on a Gillard government panel to help cut the impact of the carbon tax on companies exposed to foreign competition, former Caltex chairman Dick Warburton is no fan of carbon controls.

Expanding renewable energy target 'a benefit'

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Lenore Taylor THE $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation will not deliver additional clean energy by 2020 but will just shuffle renewable energy investment from wind power to solar, new modelling says.

UK triples subsidies for renewable energy

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Britain will triple subsidies for low-carbon power generation by 2020 after its coalition government this week forged a compromise over how to fund wind farms without harming the future of gas-fired...

Mongolia eyes renewable energy as climate warms

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Mongolia is aiming to turn itself into a regional renewable energy hub as it tries to fight off the pressures of global warming.

Renewable energy to rise without cost to public

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Ben Cubby THE NSW government has promised to triple the amount of energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels in NSW over the next eight years at no extra cost to the public.

Agency to achieve renewable energy target

A single agency will manage all the federal government's renewable energy programs from July 2012 if new legislation is passed.

Greens secure billions for renewable energy as price of tax exemption for drivers

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Phillip Coorey A multibillion-dollar fund for renewable energy and a review of the fuel tax regime are key concessions won by the Greens from the government in exchange for agreeing to exempt petrol from the carbon...

Renewable energy the future: UN

Tom Arup Global energy generated by renewables could increase up to 10 times on current levels by mid-century, a landmark study by a United Nations climate change body has found.

City council to take alternative route to renewable energy

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Josephine Tovey The City of Sydney is expected to turn its back on an important part of state and federal efforts to tackle climate change by withdrawing from the GreenPower scheme and instead pursuing its own...

Solar giant to close Australian R&D unit

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Peter Hannam A giant Chinese solar panel maker originally based on Australian technology plans to close its local research arm amid on-going concerns about the future of renewable energy in the country.

Weaker RET would transfer $10b to big power firms, study finds

Up in the air: the future of Australia's renewable energy industry.

Peter Hannam Reducing the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) would generate $10 billion in extra profit over the next 15 years for owners of coal and gas-fired power plants, according to new analysis...

Time for NSW to end California dreaming and act on renewables, Labor says

Time to go solo?: Cloud over NSW's renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam NSW is barely one-third of the way to achieving its 2020 renewable energy goal despite the Baird Government wanting the state to be Australia's answer to California.