Renewable Energy

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.

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...

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.

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...

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

Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown.

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...

UN calls for drastic action to stop climate change

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Nick Miller, Berlin and Tom Arup The world must take radical steps to combat climate change, and begin right away – but if it does, the cost of a greener, healthier future will be surprisingly small.

Green tech revolution needed to avoid climate change dangers, says Nicholas Stern

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Peter Hannam and Tom Arup Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a landmark 2006 study on climate change, says his conclusion global output could dive 5-20 per cent without action to curb greenhouse gases was an underestimate.

Time running out to slash fossil fuel use, new IPCC report to say

World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

Climate change: Race against time that no-one wants to win

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Peter Hannam When Dan Arvizu joined the New York commission formed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, the energy expert studied recommendations made after a destructive storm a decade earlier - all of which had been...

Shift power use, save big on investment, US expert says

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Peter Hannam Encouraging power users to shift their consumption during days of high demand could avoid major investments in networks while also fostering the use of solar energy, the head of the US National...

UK reneweables surge as carbon emissions slide

A row of terrace houses is silohouteed against a sunset in London, U.K., on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling will set aside 1 billion pounds ($1.45 billion) to revive house building in the U.K., a person familiar with the matter said, after the financial crisis slashed the number of
construction projects in half in the last year. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg News

U.K. renewable power generation rose 28 per cent last year as more wind farms and solar plants came online with the country's greenhouse gas emissions dropped 1.

Reef's fragile future the focus of Earth Hour 2014

Landlords are urged to raise Earth Hour awareness with tenants. Photo: iStock.

Peter Hannam Thousands of Sydneysiders will take part in the Earth Hour on Saturday evening, an event organisers hope will kick off a year-round campaign against climate change.

Wind farms in NSW to face more red tape

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Peter Hannam Community groups will be given more power to object to wind farm projects in NSW, a move environmental groups and a renewable energy firm say amounts to halting the industry’s growth in the state.

Nuclear energy costs still rising, three years on from Fukushima

The cost to restart Japan's nuclear power plants: $US12.3 billion and counting.

EU dilemma: Cheap energy or climate action

More investment in renewable energy is needed.

The European Union should ensure that future climate and energy policies do not undermine the competitiveness of its industry, already weakened by a price gap with the U.S.