Renewable Energy

What's watt? The Renewable Energy Target explained

Peter Hannam Confused by the jargon about gigawatts and "real 20 per cent"? Here are some basics in the debate over the Renewable Energy Target.

Pressure builds on Abbott government to relent on renewable energy cuts

Solar jobs are on the line if renewable energy target is weakened or scrapped.

Peter Hannam Confidence is growing among clean energy supporters that the Abbott government will be forced to back down over plans to make deep cuts to the renewable energy target (RET).

Government might give ground on renewable energy target

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Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Confidence is growing that a workable deal could be salvaged on Australia's renewable energy target with suggestions the Abbott government will give ground amid a backlash from industry and backbench...

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Labor rejects Tony Abbott's renewable energy olive branch

Mark Butler, Labor's climate change spokesman said the government had shattered the notion of bipartisanship over the renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam Hopes of a bipartisan accord to break an impasse over the renewable energy target have dimmed, with Labor saying it won’t be a party to a broken election promise by the government.

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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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.

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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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.

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...

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

Chris Hartcher NSW Minister for resourses and Energy

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...