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"Cleaner" Ultra-supercritical coal (USC)

Proposed coalmines in Queensland's Galilee Basin

Coal Seam Gas

Emissions Reduction commitments: Bonn, Paris, Marrakech

Finkel Energy Review 

Large Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET)

Coalition's Direct Action policy

The 2013/2014 Carbon Tax 

SA's Grid's: price spikes and blackouts

The Great Barrier Reef

WestConnex

Wind farm 'syndrome'
 

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 NSW+ACT

    June 2017
    June rooftop PV system prices: $2000+$650/kW
    200MW solar farm approved at Balranald

    Calm weather leaves wind farms in doldrums

    $70m for trial of demand management to reduce peak

    Foley would mandate feed-in tariff

    IPART lifts feed-in tariff a touch more, but still optional
    Sydney apartment block shares solar and battery in minigrid
    Powershop seeks community energy projects needing support
    Transgrid to install several 250kW/500kWh Tesla power packs

    Falling costs and rising FiTs justify larger home PV systems - ATA

    Energy Storage Conference 2017 - report

    Fresh move to ban indoor home storage
     
    Frydenburg blocks wind power for Lord Howe

    $200m accessibility upgrades for public transport

    How we ignore our daily climate impacts

    Explainer: Low Emissions Target (LET) v. Emissions Intensity Scheme (EIS

    May 2017
    Minimum of 3kW solar on each house in new ACT suburb
    Map of shoreline inundation risks (updated)

    Our cities are 5°C hotter than surrounds

    Mullumbimby aims for 100% renewables by 2020

    Rooftop solar saved us nearly $900m in heatwave

    Sydney City plans 50% renewables by 2030

    Rooftop PV could save CBD $70m/year for $475m outlay

    Newcastle Uni's printed film PV rolls out on roof

    Mine rehab bonds inadequate - NSW Auditor General

    Apr 2017
    IPART to double recommended PV feed-in as power prices surge
    Mobile solar to challenge Diesel gen for temporary power
    Transport officials instructed to neglect public transport options

    Early off-grid attempt failed, looking to try again
    Mar 2017
    Home Energy Management system optimises solar/battery/hot water
    MoU signed for 70MW solar thermal proposal
    At Sydney Markets, shading cars adds 640kW solar
    State lags badly on national targets

    Start-up offers Green Energy at 23c/kWh, PV feed-in at 10c/kWh

    ACT reaches 35% renewable power
    Feb 2017
    Toolkit for community energy groups
    Lithgow coalmine severely polluting Wollangambe River

    Battery installer claims 6-9 year payback

    Climate Change made NSW heatwave twice as likely

    Coal states NSW and Vic facing greatest power price increases - ITK

    Devine suffers a touch of the sun

    Wind and solar saved NSW from blackouts in heatwave
     ...
    ... as coal and gas flunked out
    Sydney start-up's batteries in trial for remote Indian minigrids
    ...
    ... as AGL considers batteries instead of more peaking gas
    How NSW power generators blocked competition and rorted the market
    Northern Rivers group plans solar+storage community bulk-buy

    Citizen Scientists wanted for carbon sequestration teabag test

    Yes, that was Sydney's hottest month on record
    Jan 2017
    How the Blockchain algorithm helps neighbours trade electricity
    2016 was warmest on record for Sydney - BoM 

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    ACT governmental emissions down 17% in 3 years as green jobs boom
    NSW blocks move to reduce network costs

    ACT launches Electric Transport plan

    Warm water drives fish south, destroying kelp forests
    Click Energy offers deal for EV owners

    First ever recorded bleaching of coral in Sydney Harbour

    Warm waters bring dangerous bacteria to Sydney harbour
    New technology to share solar on unit blocks

    How coalminers fool politicians into approving mines
    Powershop to offer free smart meters
    Rozelle air pollution exceeding 4x national standard
    Cruise ship Armada makes us gasp
    National

    June 2017
    CEFC invests in Lithium mine
    AEMC finds fossil fuel plant lacks agility 
    Hydroponic farm finds gas too costly, goes with wind and battery

    96% of us want renewables as primary energy source - poll

    Ad supporting rejected Qld coal mine referred to consumer watchdog

    Mining lobby's assault on tax-deductibility of green groups

    5MW battery storage for Alice Springs

    Battery gigafactory for Darwin in 2018

    Citizenship test to screen out anyone anti-coal

    Health groups urge rapid coal phase-out

    CEFC lobbies to eke out coal with wood waste

    Desperate Murdoch journos try to blame Grenfell Tower tragedy on green principles

    Another solar+storage project for Lyon: 250MW/160MWh for Vic

    Turnbull attacks energy prices
     ....
    ... partly by pushing USCC (ultra-supercostly coal) ...
    ... but baseload future from now is renewables+gas+batteries - AGL CEO
    Local Govt Assoc pushes for EV incentives

    Record hot days/year: pre-2000 there were 11; in 2000-2010, 20

    Rooftop PV shaved 7% from peak demand in WA

    Appeal against expansion of Abbott Pt coal terminal dismissed

    EV sales stagnate

    SA will be needing its new storage come summer - AEMO

    Coal with CCS will never stack up - industry insider

    WA firm plans $200m solar farms

    Tesla fast-charge stations for 31 shopping centres

    Statoil plans drilling in Bight in 2018

    Farmers adopting solar+battery to cut costs

    Conservatives go cold on LET on realising cheap wind & solar will close coal

    LET needs to limit emissions to 0.1tCO2e/MWh - IEA

    AEMC Draft Report on future of the grid
     (full draft here)
    Successful NAB/CEFC green loans scheme boosted by $180m

    SA reaches 57% power from wind and solar

    Reverse auction for 400MW solar + 100MW storage in Qld

    Time for Australia to choose: Trump or truth? - Lenore Taylor

    Bizarre CSIRO report loaded to favour gas over renewables

    Qld plans 500km line to reach 2GW renewables potential

    Vast land-sequestration possible at $5/t to $10/t - Reputex

    2GW offshore wind farm mooted for Gippsland

    2.6MWh battery for 1.6MW solar plant at outback WA observatory


    May 2017
    Qld considers time-of-day feed-in tariff

    We'll stay with Paris deal even if Trump quits - Frydenberg

    Frydenberg wants CEFC to be allowed to fund coal with CCS
     ...
    ... having grossly overstated success of US pilot
    Solar provided 3.2% power in 2016, headed for 30% by 2030

    Vic Gov't scheme helps plastics co. save $100K/y with solar

    3/4 Australians agree we face catastrophic climate risk

    Plans progress for battery gigafactory in Townsville

    Market reform needed to cut power prices - AEMO

    AEMO seeing 1000 solar and wind project applications a month

    Battery uptake needs market reform, not subsidies - CEC
    ARENA chips in $390,000 as industry group promotes EVs
     ...
    ... and puts up $20m to boost solar R&D
    Grid-scale battery storage already viable in SA, Qld - BNEF

    AEMO teams with ARENA to drive electricity demand-response scheme

    Young nationals push for emissions intensity scheme

    Coal and gas power failed in Qld heatwave, driving price spike

    All 12 of ARENA's big solar projects reach financial close

    The Alice could be unlivable in our lifetime - Prof. Lowe

    Budget: Solar roof on carpark provides 40% of WA shopping centre's power
    Coalition's amnesia on Paris commitments
    Qld coal plant to become 42MW solar farm
    Start-up plans EV and battery factories in Aus

    Vic Wind Farm PPA at ~$55/MWh, matching old coal

    RET needs extending now to avoid another renewables bust

    Renewables to make up for loss of Hazelwood by 2020

    Energy business models outdated - AEMO chief

    1m household batteries by 2020 - Morgan Stanley

    Boom in large scale renewables makes 2020 RET achievable
    Vic finds renewables+storage cheaper than gas peaking

    PV could provide 30% of power by 2030 - ARENA 
    Gas too late as stopgap, renewables already win - AGL

     Apr 2017

    WA expected to be 44% renewable power by 2030
    Power could be zero carbon by 2050, C-price vital - ENA & CSIRO report

    In WA and Qld, some postcodes average 2kW rooftop solar per dwelling

    How gas giants avoid tax and resource rent
    ARENA keen on "green hydrogen" as storage and export

    Labor's environmentalists want "leave it in the ground" coal policy

    Hewson rails against politicians who spurn the science

    AGL's greenwash ad unspun - video

    Qld plans 450MW solar at coal port

    Tassie as nation's power bank: pumped hydro and new Bass link - Turnbull
    ...
    ... but it fails simple feasibility/cost analysis ...
    ... and would be undercut by ever cheaper batteries
    Industrial gas price crisis: solar thermal already cheaper for some

    800MW solar with 5h battery storage proposed for SE Qld

    AEMC to progress to 5 minute settlement rule over 3 years
     
    Coalition senators expose their ignorance on wind power and the grid's needs

    SA reaches 50% renewables 8 years early ...
    ...  heading for 80% by 2022
    Construction starts on 300MW solar farm at Port Augusta
    Senate Committee says no new coal plant, retire existing ones

    Even coalition voters want a faster switch to renewables

    Proposed network limits on household solar and storage may drive grid desertion
    Export credit agency asked not to fund S. African coalmine

    New Qld homes with solar+battery as optional extra

    Vic battery storage plans reap 100+ tenders
     
    Labor favours Emissions Intensity scheme (EIS) to supersede RET

    Mar 2017
    $110m in Federal concessional loans for thermal solar + salt storage in SA
    FlexiGroup issues further $50m in Green Bonds
    Domestic Solar+battery to cost 15c/kWh in a few years - SA network operator

    Domestic storage algorithm would help grid more by absorbing peaks and troughs

    WA to save $250m/y with solar+batteries for remote towns
     
    $1.2bn energy efficiency scheme boosts company profits

    Qld eases voltage minimum to aid renewables
    Mismanaged solar+storage project a disaster in Coober Pedy
     
    Two quit Climate Change Authority over anti-science Gov't

    Wind power can improve grid stability - AEMO principal

    Uhlmann and The Oz lie: report did not say wind is limited to 20% of supply
    Solar+battery cheaper than gas - ex-Hazelwood boss

    10-18c/kWh a fair price for rooftop solar feed-in - study, part I...
    ... part II ...
    ... part III
    Experts express doubts on Snowy pumped hydro
    Business lobby calls for Emissions Intensity Scheme

    LG Chem claims its solar+battery cheaper than grid now
    Solar+storage can provide most of emissions reduction at low cost - RepuTex

    Summer 2017: 205 records broken in 90 days
    Market failure: coal and gas plant not providing presumed grid security 
    Farmers join call for market-based emissions reduction
     ...
    ... followed by AGL ...
    ... and an institutional investor group
    AEMO sees wind and solar as contributing to grid security
    States with greater renewables growth had lower price increases
    Fugitive methane emissions inadequately assessed
    Feb 2017
    Regulators & ministers "ignorant" of grid battery viability
    Vic solar feed-in tariff jumps to 11.3c/kWh

    The Oz
    ' war on renewables


    Vic legislates for net zero emissions by 2050
    Trial of deX, revolutionary local-gen open market for power

    No technical barrier to 10% renewables grid - CSIRO
    Directors must manage climate risk - APRA
    Coal industry diverted tax concession for research into lobbying funds
    Energy Australia declares renewables will hold down prices
    HCF divests from fossil fuels on health grounds
    Report from Climate Council on Extreme Weather
    Turnbull's deception on power prices - Ross Gittins
    Climate Change contributing to SA's violent weather - BoM expert


    Jan 2017
    Penalties too weak to drive RET
    Cost of Vic bushfires to double by 2050 - Climate Council
    90% of rural Australians bear witness to climate change - poll
    Tesla completes Melbourne-Brisbane Supercharger corridor

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    SA's Virtual Power Plant surpassing expectations
    It makes sense for states to set renewables targets - GE Tech Director
    100% renewable power reliable, affordable, achievable - ATA report
    How opposition to renewable energy makes power more expensive

    Climate Policy Review:

    Gov't hints at charging EVs for road use
    "I underplayed the dangers [of climate change]" - Stern
    Capturing CO2 from all our coal power would cost $209bn
    $3bn coalmine clean-up exposure for Qld taxpayers

    Greasing the Wheels - Australia Institute on mining's political influence in Qld

    Economist finds climate threat makes all else irrelevant

    World standard on vehicle emissions would get us 10% of reduction target

    Qld bill to ensure miners, refiners clean up
    Coal main cause of air pollution; PM10s up 69% in a year

    International

    SA grid's August price spike 

    Mar 2017
    Gas generators rort the system again
    Feb 2017
    SA's power prices rose less over decade than in the fossil-fuel states
    Qld's spike far worse

    SA Govt loses patience with AEMO's management of network
    Jan 2017
    With no wind farms to blame, media silent on Qld price spike

    Gas generator failures trigger far bigger spikes in NSW, Qld

    Gas generators extorted $17m by exploiting the rules - Energy Regulator

    Wind power helps keep prices down - Melbourne Energy Institute... 

    ... spikes caused by carbon-based generators' virtual monopoly ...
    ... the role of gas in the debacle - Climate Council report
    ... but Origin dismisses it as Business as usual
    Report fingers exploitable settlement rules

    No, wind power did not cause SA price spike...
    ... it has helped reduce them

    SA grid's Sept '16 storm and Feb '17 blackouts

    Jun 2017
    Announcement of winning 100MW battery tender imminent 

    May 2017
    "No synthetic inertia" clause dampens hope for renewables + batteries ...
    ... leading to rethink

    Apr 2017
    Energy Regulator blames AEMO for poor forecasting
    90 battery tenders for SA energy storage
     

    Mar 2017
    Need a smarter grid, not reliant on synchronicity of old power - AEMO
    Moody's approves SA's power plan

    Twin gas plant failures nearly took out SA grid again

    Storage solution could be running in 100 days - Tesla
    Spike in SA home solar installations
    AGL tells Senate Inquiry SA's gas market to blame for woes

    Feb 2017
    AEMO did not use BoM's weather prediction
    SA Power admits blame for tripling the blackout

    Energy Minister talks up Solar Thermal with Storage

    Peaking gas plant was left idle

    Wind farm software settings fixed, no repeat of blackout - AEMO
    Dec 2016
    Adelaide 'tiser blames the victim
    Wind & solar with smart inverters beat conventional synchronous gen

    AEMO managed network poorly, should learn from Europe - Finkel

    Ageing gas plants exacerbated problem -
    Lloyd's...
    ... and 100MW battery a cheaper, quicker solution than more gas
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    Abbott ignores AEMO findings, continues to blame renewables

    AEMO ignored repeated BoM warnings

    AEMO's aspersions on Wind cover its own failings - Parkinson
     
    Wind farms shut because they were the closest; gas no different - Siemens Australia head
    Wind farm software may have worsened SA blackout - preliminary AEMO report
    Ministers agree on independent energy security review
    SA Libs' idea to reopen coal plant like "resuming whaling" 

    WestConnex

    Mar 2016
    Access ramps will displace homes in Rozelle
    Feb 2016
    Channel tunnel was cheaper per km than WestConnex - consultant
    Dec 2015
    The dodgy maths supporting Westconnex
    Westconnex cost up 68% over 3 years, expect $14 return toll

     Galilee Basin coalmines

    June 2017
    Qld Investment Corp in secret talks
    Carmichael mine "not positive for Australia" - Mark Butler

    Coral expert urges rethink on mine aproval

    At 16:1 debt/equity, Adani cannot afford writedown

    The insane economics of subsidising the mine

    Reputation clause should bar NAIF from rail line loan
     

    May 2017
    Qld strikes secret deal with Adani over royalties

    Fact checks on Adani mine benefits - Guardian video

    The economic case has evaporated, leaving debt-ridden Adani as rent-seeker

    NAIF board members' conflict of interest
     ... 
    ... laid bare....
    ... but NAIF won't reveal whether they've recused themselves
    Public pressure on Fed Labor to oppose the mine unequivocally

    Premier distances State gov't from rail line loan support...
    ... but Treasurer confirms it would co-operate
    59% Qlders oppose subsidies for Adani - poll

    Rehabilitation bond will exceed $1.5bn

    Export Finance Investment Corp (Efic) could push public funds to Adani

    Adani demands royalty holiday before proceeding with mine

    Rail line not a priority - Infrastructure Australia

    Abbot Point turtle protections dropped

    Only 7% support cheap loan for rail line - ReachTEL poll

    Adani may be forced to take rehabilitation seriously

    Adani now says $1bn rail line loan critical

    Apr 2017
    Adani's Abbot Point sediment containment failed in cyclone
    Adani becoming desperate for finance source

    Westpac declines to support new coalmine regions

    Adani already overstretched - IEEFA

    Qld's financial gain would be at a cost to NSW

    $1bn rail loan would breach Gov't policy - legal group
     ... 
    ... and is opposed by a coalition backbencher
    Qld Gov't grants Adani unlimited groundwater use for 60 years
     ...
    ... but they still want more
    Adani plans to send low grade coal to India, scuppering claimed climate benefit

    Mar 2017
    Suspicion investors misled over $1bn loan application
    Palmer behind scheme to divert CEFC funds to "clean" coal... 
    ... Barnaby Joyce unimpressed

    Feb 2017
    Adani mine a "public health catastrophe" - article in The Lancet
    Adani director appointed chairman of Abbott Point board

    Adani's shocking track record exposed

    Carmichael mine needs 21 times the subsidy per job as renewables
    ...
    ... (spreadsheet)
    Overturned precedent on Native Title leaves Adani adrift again
     ...
    ... Gov't looks at changing law to help Adani

    Jan 2017
    Failed by the law, objectors plan for the alternative  

    Dec 2016
    Minister lied saying corruption investigation into Adani is "fake news"
    Renewables would create thousands more Qld jobs - ACF research

    Full page ad asks Turnbull some hard questions on the economics

    Adani's renewable energy investments in India dwarf Carmichael

    $1bn Federal loan for rail link not crucial - Adani ...
    ... throwing eligibility for loan into doubt
    Qlders oppose $1bn loan 56 to 44

    Nov 2016
    Fed's N Australia Infrastructure Fund considers $1bn for rail line...
    ... 300 rally against it in Melbourne
    Court rejects EDO appeal against Carmichael mine approval
    Economics "increasingly questionable" - IEA

    Frydenberg caught lobbying for Adani at Marrakech
     

    Oct 2016
    Lawfare?  The Australia Institute checks the facts
    Adani must comply with groundwater rules - Palaszczuk

    Coalmines to enjoy $10m-worth of free groundwater/year

    No dredging until coalmine finances in place - Qld Minister
     ...
    ... but declares mine to be "critical infrastructure" anyway [more critical than the Reef? - Ed]

    Sep 2016
    Carmichael mine approval appealed
    Tribunal told Adani misled them over economic benefits

    Senate calls on gov't to rule out finance for Adani

    May 2016
    Struggling GVK omits to mention its Galilee assets
    Adani's commitments to solar leave little finance for Carmichael mine 
    Fresh court challenge based on risk to Barrier Reef...
    ... would have little impact - Greg Hunt

    Apr 2016
    Indian coal demand to crash further as domestic glut grows
    Adani's secret payments to indigenous title reps
    Qld Gov't approves Adani mining leases, but several hurdles yet
    Qld mine would generate a fifth of the jobs proponents claimed

              Mar 2016
    If Future Fund considers Adani loan, Costello has lost the plot - Ian Dunlop
    Qld Development Minister won't rush approval

    Feb 2016
    $30m coal rail investments written off
    Adani seeks costs after failed legal challenge
    Adani considers solar power investment in suffering mining town
    Qld gov't gives final environmental approval...
    ... but Minister says more checks to pass...
    ... and Adani suspends work pending price rebound Jan 2016
    Adani "probably forgot" to mention director's foul record
    34% drop in Indian coal imports buries Galilee mine - IEEFA
    Dec 2015
    Hunt approves sea grass-destroying coal terminal expansion
    Adani mine unlikely to be viable - IEA
    Qld land court rejects Coast & Country's environmental challenge
    Nov 2015
    Coal quality would be barely better than Indian domestic - fact check
    Adani Australia boss oversaw disastrous African copper mine..
    .. a connection missed by approval process
    Oct 2015
    New court challenge: Hunt ignored GHG impact on reef
    Adani trying to tap Northern Infrastructure taxpayer funds
    Falling price of solar in India erodes Adani mine business case
    Hunt reapproves Carmichael mine, rail link
    Bid to stop Alpha mine escalated to Supreme Court
    Sep 2015
    Feds still support Adani's Carmichael mine..
    ... despite fossil fuel divestment reaching $2.6trn
    Business case deteriorates further - IEEFA
    NAB, LG walk away
    Aug 2015
    Adani's history of schmoozing Oz pollies
    Adani going cold on Carmichael?
    Standard Chartered latest bank to dump mine
    Law change could backfire - legal experts
    ... Gov't's pro-coal / anti-wind double-standard
    ... Abbott sees Greens under the beds - Waleed Aly
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    Commbank pulls out of Carmichael mine..
    ... after Hunt's approval rejected by court
    ... leading Gov't to try shifting the goalposts
    Aussie coal priced out by solar in India
    Mine 'unbankable' - Qld treasury
    Expect no tax revenue - expert witness
    Miner's expert admits claims of economic benefit were grossly inflated...

    ... and exec vague on crucial numbers

    Direct Action
    May 2017
    Meeting Paris commitment this way will cost taxpayers $23bn
    Apr 2017
    ERF uptake slumps
    Dec 2016
    Green Army to be demobbed
    Nov 2016
    83% of ERF spent, achieving only the easiest 12% of 2030 task - Climate Institute
    Oct 2016
    DA is of negligible benefit -
    report
    Sep 2016
    Soil sequestration rate overstated 40% - UCI
    No reductions before 2030 on current policies - Reputex

    Big emitters unmotivated since end of C-tax
    Aug 2016
    Emissions baselines too generous to drive abatement
    May 2016
    Two-thirds budget spent on 7% of abatement for 2030
    Feb 2016
    Participants' overheads cripple ERF scheme
    Top emitters just emit more and more
    Qld land clearing to wipe out gains under Direct Action
    Dec 2015
    Green Army budget halved
    Policy "fiscally unsustainable" - CCA
    Nov 2015
    Australia's emissions heading to grow 6% by 2020 - Reputex
    Second round auction over budget and still falling way short of targets
    Abatement purchases won't keep up with other emissions growth - Reputex
    Soil sequestration overstated - CSIRO
    Oct 2015
    Direct Action might yield to ETS in 2017
    Sep 2015
    Turnbull's erstwhile dismissal of Direct Action still valid..
    .. but Frydenberg maintains the same lies to support it
    Aug 2015
    Direct Action safeguards "lenient, ineffective" - RepuTex
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    Missing 'additionality' clause weakens Direct Action
    $2.55bn Direct Action fund will only get 11% emissions cut - RepuTex
    Direct Action 'safeguards' designed to fail - Grattan Institute
    Direct Action budget all spent by 2016 - Reputex
    Direct Action cost-effectiveness "not even worth modelling" - Reputex
    Citigroup dismisses Direct Action as useless and expensive
    Matching US cuts by Direct Action would cost $30bn/y - Climate Institute
    Ex-Treasury boss attacks Direct Action
    First ERF auction bought abatement at $66/tCO2
    Even the first bids exceed ERF budgeted rate for reduction target...
    ...Most of the accepted bids will only sequester carbon for 100 years
    ...And most of the rest turn out to be already in train
    Emissions Reduction Fund auction starts...
    ... but value of soil sequestration put in doubt

    Wind farm 'syndrome'

    Apr 2017
    Complainants may be presuming wind farm as cause, bypassing doctor - Commissioner

    Aug 2015
    Professor blasts anti-wind "wing-nuts"

    July 2015
    Anti-wind senate inquiry reaches predictable position...
    ... Minority report terms it "reckless"
    The Oz uncritically reports another shoddy infrasound study
    June 2015
    Senate told wind farm noise complaints made while not operating
    WA farmers at peace with their turbines
    Expert tells Senate inquiry no evidence for wind farm health harm
    Don't waste money investigating wind farms, or alien abduction - Di Natale
    .. like having a commissioner into reports of Leprechauns - Prof. Chapman
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    Despite experts and evidence, Leyonhjelm sure wind farms hurt health
    Bob Day demented by infrasound...
    ... but farmer has no complaints
    Still no evidence for infrasound harm from wind farms - acoustics experts 
    Nimmitabel farmer endorses wind farms, no complaints
    Chook farmer pokes fun at claims wind farms harm egg production
    Appalling, shoddy anti-wind study makes The Oz' front page
    SA court overturns rejection of wind farm; antis' evidence "not credible"
    Another NHMRC study finds inadequate evidence around wind farm health issues
    AMA blames wind turbine syndrome on scare tactics
    Only evidence for wind farm health harm is weak - NHMRC
    "Houses abandoned near wind farms" a myth
    Wind farm noise does you good - if you expect it to
    Complaints of night-time wind farm noise - while it was not operating
    Waubra citizens sick of anti-wind group using their name
    Wind farm critic's accounts stretch credulity
    SA study: wind farms only harm your health if you expect them to
    Anti-wind farm lobby makes people sick - study
    Wind farms have boosted rural economy $4b
  • SA EPA finds wind farm infrasound far less than many common sources

  • Judges found anti-wind farm testimony conflicted and without merit
    Wind farm noise might annoy, but it won't harm - MIT study
    98% wind turbine syndrome claims fail in court
    Bonn (COP23), Marrakech (COP22), Paris (COP21) 

    May 2017 
    EU and 79 developing nations commit to defend agreement in Bonn
    Trump defers Paris exit

    Fiji asks Turnbull to lobby Trump to stick with Paris agreement

    Apr 2017
    US should renegotiate Paris Accord, not quit - US Energy Secy, Rick Perry 

    Nov 2016
    CEOs urge Trump to honour Paris agreement
    US accepts half million signature petition to exclude fossil fuel lobby

    Australian efforts ranked 5th weakest of 58 countries

    Marrakesh round of climate talks
    : Paris not ambitious enough

    Oct 2016
    Australia ratifies Paris agreement ...
    ... but meeting it equates to closing one Hazelwood a year

    Sep 2016:

    Threshold ratification quota reached, Australia still MIA
    On present policies, we'll fail Paris by 1bn tonnes, fair share by 2bn tonnes - Reputex

    Mar 2016
    The world since Paris - a review

    Feb 2016
    Post-Paris advice from UK climate committee disappoints
    Jan 2016
    Australia snubs first post-Paris conference 
    Dec 2015
    Paris agreement spells end for coal - UBS
    We'll be hated like slave traders - Coal Lobbyist [Seems fair - ed] 
    After 21 years of COP, Paris marks transition to the Renewables Age
    Experts react
    What nations need now is a sense of urgency - Bill McKibben
    How it came together
    What a 1.5C limit would mean for CO2 emissions
    Key outcomes
      + Try to limit rise to 1.5oC
      ... but top US advisor says it's impossible
      + Try for net zero emissions by 2100
      + Take stock in 2018 and every 5 years after
      + Intention to provide $100bn/y to aid developing countries' adaptation
      -  Nothing legally binding, not even existing pledges, which anyway will lead to 2.7oC warming
    Australia backs Carbon market post-2020
    Bishop earns fossil of the day award for 'coal fights hunger'
    Nationals' support of farmers' cheap diesel stymies subsidy phase-out in Paris
    Le Monde brands Australia a "climate dunce"


    Finkel Energy Review  

    The Finkel Review of energy was set up by COAG in late 2016.  On 9th June 2017, the panel handed down its report on balancing power prices with reliability and emissions reduction.  Faced with the Federal government's fatwa against a Carbon Tax, an Emissions Intensity Scheme, a Cap and Trade scheme, or most else that makes sense, the Finkel report proposes a Clean Energy Target (CET).

    This scheme sets a threshold for emissions as so many tonnes of CO2 per MWh.  Generators below that gain credits which they can sell to generators above it.  The difference from the existing RET is that any form of generation below the threshold can earn some credits, not just the renewable sources like solar and wind.  Dr. Finkel hopes this compromise will allow some political bipartisanship, ending the chaos that has been disastrous for energy investment.

    The report uses a threshold of 0.6tCO2e/MWh in its modelling, but does not prescribe this.  It proposes the existing RET continue in parallel until its planned end in 2020.  Predictably, the political stoush now centres on the threshold.  0.6 will tend to phase out coal moderately swiftly, while 0.7 gives it a longer lease of life, perhaps even allowing some new high-efficiency coal plant.  

    John Howard's 2007 version defined low emissions as below 0.2tCO2e/MWh!

    Of those demanding that coal, specifically, is maintained, Dr. Finkel asks why we should care what the technology is so long as it competes fairly on price, functionality and emissions.  In fact, there are good reasons to care:

    • It is not just GHG emissions.  Coal power inflicts health harms with significant cost to the nation's taxpayers.
    • Generating plant is a big investment.  The power mix that results will be with us for 30 years or more.  A major roll out of gas power, say, will inhibit further emissions cuts that may be vital by 2030.

     June 2017 
    AEMC rejects need for all generators to provide back-up
    Investors prefer solar and wind because they're cheaper and quicker - Finkel

    Finkel's CET no better on emissions than existing State-based schemes

    Frydenberg moots 1 hour storage requirement on new wind and solar
     
    Finkel's modelling shows CET will extend life of coal, barely cut emissions
    ...
    .... while ignoring latest advances in renewables and storage
    Labor to query unambitious 2070 date for net zero

    Right-wing Libs demand guarantees for coal
    Won't save the planet - ACF
    Adds storage requirement to individual wind and solar farms
    A mixed bag - Giles Parkinson
    Promotes gas, ignores coal's health costs - FoE

    May 2017
    Panel finds we are behind US, Europe on new energy policy

    CEFC to Finkel: Coal and gas are not the answer
    AEMO to Finkel: AEMC too slow to adapt

    Mar 2017
    Network lambasts gas plant operators in Finkel submission
     

    The 2013/2014 Carbon Tax

    Oct 2016
    Emissions up 4.8% since tax scrapped
    Aug 2015

    Hockey's "$550 of electricity bills" tripled the truth - Fact Check
    July 2015
    Why industry barely felt the C-price - CCBR's Gavin Glichrist
    Only 21% voters think C-price cost much - poll
    Emissions from power generation up 4.3% after C-tax axed
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    Without C-tax, emissions soar Bill savings from C-tax repeal only 63% of election promise C-tax repeal only cut prices 7.3% - ACCC
    End of C-tax sees energy emissions rise 11%
    Hunt repeats 'cost of C-tax' nonsense calculation
    End of C-tax sees coal generation up, higher demand
    Axing the tax to cost $20bn over four years - 59 economists
    Household gain from ending carbon and mining taxes outweighed by lost benefits
    C-tax 2yr report card: covered emissions down 10%, economy up 3.5%, inflation fine
    Hockey blames C-tax for inflation; real economists blame weather and falling dollar

     Large Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET)

    The Renewable Energy Targets are split into the SRES for systems up to 100kW (domestic, small scale commercial) and the LRET for larger systems (solar farms and large scale commercial).
    In each case, Government issues certificates when these systems are installed.  The number of certificates relates to the expected production of the installation.  For SRES, the certificates are issued in one hit; for LRET they are spread over the years of operation.
    The certificates can then be sold into a market.  Government requires electricity retailers to buy and surrender such certificates in proportion to the electricity they sell.  This ratio represents the 'target'.  (Installers of domestic systems quote the householder a price which assumes the certificates will be signed over to the installer.)
    When the LRET was introduced at Federal level, part of the deal prohibited states from having their own scheme (as it made things too complex).
    The Coalition Government endorses the SRES even though it is less efficient because it only displaces a small fraction of demand.  They attempted to slash the LRET by nearly 40%, but eventually compromised at 33TWh/year out of an original 41.
    Jan 2016 

    Abbott's savaging continues to dog RET

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    PPA could let NSW make up for cut LRET

    Greens drafting "NSW LRET" legislation
    $85b costing of 50% LRET a gross exaggeration - CEC
    Labor's 50% renewable energy target:
    Shorten confirms 50% renewables by 2030 target...
    ... would cost households about $5/week
    Vic expects to get around ban on state LRET action
    Labor may cap vehicle and coal emissions, raise LRET
    Senate passes reduction in LRET, allows wood waste
    Fed Labor opposes states making up for LRET cutback
    PM wanted to cut LRET in order to limit wind farms
    Vic needs Fed law changed to allow reinstatement of state LRET
    Several states sign up to their share of LRET

    $450m Ararat wind farm a goer under LRET deal

    Coal Seam Gas (CSG)
    Feb 2016
    Methane seeps from Condamine coincide with CSG activity
    Undeclared political donations by licence holder
    Jan 2016
    Knitting Nannas arrested in CSG protest
    Dec 2015 
    IPART recommends CSG compensation for landholders and neighbours
    Aug 2015
    Shooters side with coalition to block NSW CSG moratorium 
    Apr 2015
    CSG not needed to meet national gas demand - AEMO 
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    $200,000 buyback of CSG licences planned 
    CSG fracking affecting bore water extraction 
    CSG industry exaggerates job creation tenfold 

    "Cleaner" coal

    "Clean coal" used to mean CCS - carbon capture and storage.  Confusingly, the term is now being applied also to USC - Ultra-supercritical coal plant.  CCS can capture up to 90% of the CO2, whereas USC only reduces emissions by up to 20%, and maybe not at all.  Both are far more expensive ways to make electricity than solar and wind.

    Mar 2017 
    CEFC rejects "clean coal" as unfinanceable
    No such thing as Clean Coal - WA Premier Colin Barnett

    Feb 2017
    USC not viable in Aus - SC Energy
    New data shows USC barely any less polluting than existing plant

    Morrison proves coal is safe .... in the form of coal
    CEFC required to invest sensibly, so cannot fund "cleaner coal"
    Joyce wants renewables fund spent on "new coal" ...
    ... Canavan has $5bn to waste on it ...
    ... SA Energy Minister dismisses "clean coal" as a fairy tale ...
    ... double the cost of solar and wind, even without CO2 capture - BNEF

    Great Barrier Reef

    June 2017
    Deloitte values Reef at $56bn
    Water quality targets will be missed
     

    May 2017
    Listing as endangered heritage now likely
    Half the reef may have died in the last two years - Reef Authority 

    Apr 2017
    Scientists in despair over Reef's prospects, two-thirds severely bleached

    Mar 2017 
    Reef will not cope with increased bleaching rate
    Yet more mass bleaching

    Feb 2017
    Bleaching is the new normal - GBRMPA

    Jan 2017
    Neil Oliver raises alarm in Coast 

    Dec 2016
    UNESCO quizzes Aus officials as reef protection falls short
    Dead by 2050 on current warming trend

    2/3 of us think the state of the reef is a national emergency - poll

    Nov 2016
    Frydenberg implies coal exports matter more than the reef
    Hanson goes looking for reef damage in the wrong place
    ...
    ... so misses worst die-off in history
    Promises to protect the reef broken - report to WHC

    Ban new coal mines to save the reef - former head of GBR Authority 

    Oct 2016
    Nearly 90% coral died in Northern GBR regions 

    Sep 2016
    Weakened coral falls prey to Crown of Thorns

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    $8.2bn to save the reef, $6bn of it being due to land clearing
    Tourism operators call for urgent action on climate

    Qld Minister calls on Hunt to act on climate, Hunt tosses it back to Qld
    Scale of bleaching frightens scientists...
    ... affects 93%
    To save the reef, Hunt must face facts
    Hunt jumps gun on taking Attenborough doco as sign of reef health
    Addressing climate change key to saving Reef - Marine scientists
    Reef bleaching worst in memory... 
    ... but Hunt downplays it
    Pollies in thrall to Big Coal
    Q'land media ignores crisis
    Corals losing resilience