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 NSW+ACT

    Nov 2019
    Public servants told not to discuss bushfires at climate conference
    Bill to let IPC ignore scope 3 emissions delayed after protests

    Report on water catchment puts new coal projects on hold
    Summary of Aus weather hazards and trends - BoM
    Bushfires:
    ... "This is NOT normal" - Cimate Council briefing paper
    ... Now is the time to talk climate - SMH
    ... Hazard reduction fact check:

    • Limited by funds, not greenies, Senator Joyce
    • Has increased over years
    • Trade-off with controlled burn smoke causing deaths
    ... Deputy PM: Linking fires to climate change is "Greenie ravings"; Scientist: "BS" 
    ... Scientists join the dots ...
    ... "It's the sun's magnetic fields" - Barnaby Joyce joins the loonies
    ... "How can PM ignore climate change?" - Glen Innes Severn mayor
    ... "Thoughts and prayers are not enough" - Examiner Editorial ...
    ... Disasters bring out the best in Aussies - except for politicians
    ... PM and deputy hide behind emergency to dodge climate question
    Smart tech far cheaper than just adding roads
    With 58MW new rooftop solar in October, NSW sets a new national record

    Solar farms hit by rising "marginal loss" factors
     

     

    Oct 2019 
    Lib party donor seeks Fed grant for new batteries - at a coal plant
    AGL to install 200MWx2h of battery storage in time for Liddell's 2023 closure

    Two of Bayswater's three coal plant units out of action

    All 8,000 Sydney buses to go electric

    Feds help to underwrite Qld-NSW transmission upgrade to suppress price peaks
     ...
    ... but capacity only a quarter of claimed when most needed
    Sydney City Council goes 100% renewables
     ...
    ... as does Newcastle with a 10 year contract 
    Land clearing wiping out millions spent on environment

    Renewables plus storage/gas peaking will replace coal - Energy Minister

    Dendrobium nine extensio could crack dams - WaterNSW

    Two coal mines allowed massive rise in emissions without penalty

    Solar for renters in Sydney

    Gov't to let IPC ignore emissions from exported coal
     ...
    ... as IPC blocks Crookwell 3 wind farm for its visual impact ...
    ... "Residents should be alarmed" - former Supreme Court judge 
    .Gov't shortlists 14 big battery projects for support
    Batteries a close second in Transgrid's upgrade choices

    NSW shortlists 3GW of renewables and storage projects for $75m in grants

    ACT reaches net zero emissions electricity

    Sep 2019 
    Frydenberg's 2017 blocking of LHI wind farm defied departmental advice - FoI ...
    ... but island will get solar+battery instead
    Planning Commission rejects another coalmine for climate reasons

    Northern NSW solar farm small but highly advanced

    ACT shows how to go green and stay in the black

    Powershop extends cut rate EV charging into NSW

    ACT reverse auction seeks 250MW solar/wind+20MWx2h storage
     ...
    ... as it moves on to planning gas phase-out ...
    ... and NSW transport minister favours all-electric bus fleet ...
    ... while NSW Energy Minister digs in on coal power

    Aug 2019
    Traditional custodians sue Fed Environment minister over Gunnedah coalmine approval
    3MW rooftop solar for Sydney logistics company
     
    Enough power through summer unless new renewables delayed
     ...
    ... but dirty Newcastle coal plant may restart as Liddell shuts
    Renewables output pushes wholesale power price to 0, two days running

    Coles to take 10% of needs from PV farms

    Lake Macquarie coal plant feature on world map of pollution hotspots

    Steel parts maker signs solar and wind off-take deal for half its power needs

    1.8MW community solar for Goulburn - may include battery

    ACT's next step towards net zero: ending domestic use of gas

    CER slams Murdoch press for gross beat-up of PV faults

    "Stunning" drop in costs spurs Alinta to up its renewables plan, retiring coal

    GE's 200m tall 5.3MW turbines picked for 244MW Yass wind farm

    IPC considers only allowing coal export to Paris signatories - Wow!, Ed

    70MW Riverina solar+battery farm gets connection approval

    2C rise a threat to water supplies of Sydney and Melbourne

    July 2019
    500kW electrolyser in trial of gas generation from renewable power
    NSW Environment Minister gives up on Feds'climate change inaction

    Taylor a no-show at Clean Energy Summit

    NSW set to surpass SA as main renewable energy source

    Mining under Sydney's water catchment essential for BlueScope - miner
    ...
    ... but it already saps 1.28bn L/year
    Gov't to offer $14,000 no interest loan for solar+battery; $9000 for battery only

    Green Super fund to provide loans for rooftop solar and batteries

    Lower House inquiry into transition from coal

    Answers from scientists to common climate questions

    Vales Point sale left Gov't with uncapped liability, buyer with windfall profit

    45% NSW coal goes to Japan, but Japan is shifting to renewables fast

    Energy minister would welcome new coal-fired power plant

    Nationals call for abolition of climate change fund, exemption for coal miners

    Fleet managers get to try EVs at Eastern Creek

    Sydney factory to get a quarter of power needs from own rooftop, saving $5.6m

    NCC sues EPA over coal-fired power station pollution permits

    Shoalhaven pumped hydro to double in power

    NSW, Qld falling short of renewables targets 

    June 2019
    Electric bus(es) coming to Leichhardt depot
    Audit Office blasts weak and unenforced land-clearance laws

    Mullumbimby council carpark gets solar roof and EV charging

    ACT community solar farm lands 20c/kWh PPA

    Inner West council and City of Sydney declare Climate Emergency

    Gov't approves Wallarah 2 coalmine despite water concerns
    Are you eligible for interest-free loan for solar and battery?

    A fifth of Climate Fund to be redirected to adaptation

    Gov't looks to storage for grid stability and transition

    ACT minister slams Feds' irrational approach to climate

    AGL to expand its SA home battery VPP scheme to Vic, NSW, Qld
    Energy Minister attacks Feds' coal-centred ideology

    UNSW to go 100% renewables by 2020

    Tamworth to get first of 15 shopping centres sharing 9MW solar and 12MWh storage
     
    Inner West Council divests fully from fossil fuels

    EV charging points rolling from Bondi to Maroubra

    "EVs can't do Melbourne-Sydney" reaps Twitter storm from EV owners

    Opera House signs up for 16GWh/year of wind and solar
     ...
    ... with community investment opportunity
    NSW reaches 2GW rooftop solar

    Networks renew push to charge households for PV power export

    Residential batteries five times the cost of EV batteries
     

    May 2019
    Tesla Model 3 on sale in Aus
    Drought to continue with dry, warm winter - BoM
    Albanese thinks the market will fix the climate

    Ethical Super a profitable way to help the climate

    Canberra to be 100% renewable power from Oct 1

    ACT declares Climate Emergency
    ...
    ... as does Inner West Council, ...
    ... England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and 528 councils worldwide
    Abbott snubs solar industry meeting in Warringah

    'Landscape Guardians' block Crookwell 3 wind farm

    Ex MP lobbies for coal company...
    ... Nile moves to compensate miner for ICAC-cancelled licence

    First Aussie bank to go 100% renewables

    Apr 2019 
    Blue Mountains temperatures to rise 4C by 2050 - ANU
    'Fakebook' takes on climate deniers as 'fact checkers'
    Expecting dearer power, IPART lifts solar FiT by 2c
    87MW Mudgee solar farm comes on (rail) line Wagga solar farm is Westpac's first step to net zero by 2025
    Nearly 1000 at Bob Brown's Stop Adani rally in Sydney

    Network owner moves into renewable generation with Wagga solar farm purchase

    Political parties' positions on climate - SBS

    Woollies' $400m Green Bond issue oversubscribed 5x
    Liverpool's air pollution exceeds national standard by 25%

    $10m ARENA support to roll out 'deX' household energy trading

    Environment portfolio shifts from OH&E to Energy
     ...
    ... Minister favours strong action on environment and climate ...
    ... heritage arm of OH&E in limbo

    Mar 2019
    Coal power stations emitting dangerous levels of mercury - study
    1MW Virtual Power Plant trial has 233 customers across 170 suburbs 
    UNSW team develops world's most efficient solar module
    Sydney company launches electric delivery van
    Nine suburban malls to add solar PV
    Huge rise in landclearing could be end of Koalas

    Telstra seeks tenders for 300MW solar/wind

    UNSW team developing home storage using hydrogen

    Coalition will lower strata vote threshold for solar to 50%
    In 2017, Premier shelved plans for carbon neutral NSW

    Schoolkids climate strike:
    - 150,000 turn out across Australia
    - Placards from around the World
    - Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
    Grid upgrade to shut down solar and wind farms for months

    Daley's support for School Climate Strike appals Berejiklian

    Government's Climate Change advisors fed up with being ignored

    For 57.5% climate is a vote swayer

    How hot will your suburb be in 2050? - ACF's online tool

    Heavy metals threat from ash dams at coal-fired power stations
     ...
    ... and Cadmium takes Lake Macquarie crabs off the menu
    State by state report on climate action - Climate Change Authority

    Menindee farmer files intimidation complaint against cotton lobby

    Chinese proposal for new Hunter 2GW coal plant would need $2bn in subsidies
    Warming Tasman threatens fisheries

    Three independents call for majors to plan exit from coal mining
     

    Feb 2019
    Labor to aim for at least 50% renewables by 2030
    Retailer allows households to profit from demand response

    Katoomba hosts councils in national climate change discussion
     
    The Oz
    grossly overstates cost of rooftop solar rebate (again)

    Labor plan to drop F6 toll road in favour of faster rail to Illawarra
     ...
    ... and add 6GW renewables through reverse auctions, +1GW government owned
    Expect warm autumn - BoM

    Coal failures and bids push up electricity prices

    Planning Dept's dodgy accounting avoids raising rehab bond for miners

    Map of solar farms in record-breaking 2018

    $1.5bn SA-NSW interconnect to let coal fade in NSW and gas go out in SA
     ...
    ... AEMC fast-tracks rule change to assist
    Independent Manly car dealership to go big on electric

    EnergyAustralia offers charities free audit, solar, batteries to meet RET target

    Labor announces $1bn in means-tested grants for rooftop solar
     ...
    ... Coalition counters with $4bn in zero-interest loans for solar and batteries ...
    ... Greens say solar+batteries on all new homes, support for rentals/apartments
    Breakthrough! Land & Environment court knocks back coal mine on climate grounds
     ...
    ... prompting Nats MP to risk accusing judge of 'ideology' ...
    ... miner opts not to appeal
    Rooftop PV can save you $$$, but watch out for the cowboys
    AGL moots 250MWx8h pumped hydro for Hunter ...
    ... but still milks coal for all its worth

    Premier tells other states to "lift their game" by having less renewables(!)
     ...
    ... yet it's old coal that threatens NSW's supply
    January was hottest month on record for NSW, ACT, Vic and NT

    Battery kept householder unaware of blackout

    Opposition pledges to review air pollution limits on coal plant
     

    Jan 2019
    The greater road toll is from pollution
    Olympian and lawyer to challenge Abbott on climate platform

    Construction starts on 255MW solar farm at Balranald

    ALDI erects another 4.6MW solar PV on NSW and Qld centres

    60MW solar farm approved for Narrabri

    Heatwave melts Oxley Highway; 27 records broken
    Ash from Liddell and Bayswater exceeded heavy metals limits for reuse

    Griffith solar farm lands 275MW PPA

    Beware power price comparison sites fixed to ignore cheapest options

    UNSW Oceanographer wins major international award, warns pollies don't get it

    Coalmines likely diverting millions of litres from Sydney reservoirs
     

    Dec 2018 
    900MW (!) solar farm approved for Riverina
    New renewables to bring prices down for now - need more storage later

    ANU team builds silicon+Perovskite tandem solar cell needing less bread

    Vales Pt coal plant buys 150MW of solar power
    NSW Energy Minister spits the Angus Taylor dummy
    NSW accused of misusing Climate Change fund
    NSW has 100x the good pumped hydro sites needed for 100% renewables
    Unprecedented drought proves too much for many trees
    Rooftop PV payback time down to 5 years - Choice
    275MW solar + up to 100MWh battery ok'd for Griffith
    1MW community solar farm for ACT
    Solar gardens could save renters and unit dwellers $$$ - ARENA
    AER sees no rorting of power prices - because it's not allowed to find out
    Pressure mounts for Labor to speak against Adani
    El Niños to become more frequent and intense - CSIRO
    Incensed by Coalition's condescension, students ramp up protests
    RMIT's solar tuk-tuk reaches Byron Bay
    NSW unprepared for power station closures and rising grid demand
    UNSW team inks deal with Chinese manufacturer for its PV tech
    NSW to embark on fast rail without waiting for Feds, States
    ... but is it just pork barrelling?
    Battery storage incentive schemes - what's available where
    ACT starts trial of turning surplus green power to gas supply
    Stokes accuses Fed Libs of wilful ignorance on climate

    Nov 2018 
    ACT considers how to sue fossil fuel companies
    Clean Energy Council calls on parties to announce renewable energy targets

    Grim outlook; BoM forecasts hot dry summer ...
    ... bushfire threat by region
    The challenges of transitioning mining communities as coal declines

    4GW Walcha solar+wind project looks to add up to 1GW x 6 hours pumped hydro

    Nationwide student strike for Climate
    UNSW solar saloon to attempt Perth-Sydney
    Coleambally solar farm breaks records in output and speed of development
    Successful trial of domestic geothermal heating/cooling in Blacktown
    UTS team aids growth of renewable energy purchase agreements
    New Nissan Leaf earns award with 270km range and car-as-home-battery function
    Berejiklian opens up more old growth glider and koala habitat for logging ...
    ... and burning waste as biomass would make emissions worse
    More renewables means less blackout risk; coal plant outages still a concern - AEMO

    4GW(!) wind, solar and storage hub, replacing Liddell, proposed for Walcha

    Can you breathe easy?  Air pollution by postcode

    Gov't plans virtual power plant to strengthen grid

    Gov't to accelerate grid upgrades to support new solar, wind and batteries
    Pollution limits on NSW power plants like those of a third world country 

    55MW solar farm may extend life of Vales Point coal plant

    91MW Goulburn wind farm gives ACT cheap power; Taylor snubs opening

    Only 30% of mined land in Hunter rehabilitated

    Renewables-to-gas trial in Western Sydney with $1.7bn export potential
    Gov't puts up (mere) $55m to help transition from coal power over 20 years

    Oct 2018
    CFMEU calls for plan for transition from coal

    ARENA puts $2m towards feasibility of doubling Shoalhaven pumped hydro

    Feds and Coalition States choose to ignore climate in energy policy

    Bipartisan support for Sydney-Canberra by rail in 3 hours
     (4½ now)
    Drought set to continue - BoM

    Gov't offers free PV alternative to low income energy rebate
    Sydney trial of renewables-to-gas technology
    Firm renewables much cheaper than baseload - Snowy Hydro
    300MW solar farm for Limondale
    Smart meters would lower power prices - Consultant
    WHO guidelines for wind farms allow 45dB [NSW has 35dB - Ed]

    Aug 2018

    Sydney airport to be 75% wind powered
    Enova to launch microgrid in Byron

    Tech for renters sharing PV gets second chance

    200MW solar+storage addition approved for Glen Innes wind farm

    Community retailer Enova seeks $3m crowdfunding to expand across NSW

    Lift in renewables output displaces gas, saving cash
    9 times the rate of native vegetation clearance in three years
    CEFC puts $50m into Mirvac's low carbon rental units plan
     

    July 2018
    Coal mine expansion approval ignores threat to Sydney's water
    Western Sydney Uni team wins US solar car challenge
    Gulgong solar farm to power new NW rail link

    20% of Port Kembla Steel's power to come from Albury solar farm 
    Gov't renews part of Liverpool plains coalmining lease

    Snowy 2.0 will boost coal power at expense of gas, renewables - AEMO

    Expired CSG licences still valid because Gov't hasn't processed renewal applications

    NSW Labor supports Fed Labor's 50% renewables target, no new coal power
    Transgrid seeks 40MW demand management to defer $236m grid upgrades

    IPART slashes Feed-in Tariff 44% because solar has brought down power prices

    Business case marginal for $1.5bn SA-Wagga Wagga power line

    Aging coal plant+dearer coal and gas+"gaming"=dearer power - Grattan Institute 

    June 2018
    Guide book on installing solar in Aus ..
    ... and some tips on domestic batteries
    Diesendorf critiques the "100% Renewables" criticisms
    $3bn earmarked for high speed underground rail CBD to Parramatta
    Lightsource launches "no upfront $" solar+battery plan in Aus
    More coal plant outages send power prices soaring
    A quarter of Hunter groundwater impaired by coal mining 

    May 2018
    Mudgee 1.3GW solar+wind+battery complex to beat coal as baseload
    Liddell plant allowed double the pollution

    430kW PV car shade for Leichhardt MarketPlace
    ACT drops requirement for gas connection to new subdivisions
    Wind+solar alternative to Narrabri gas field could produce 12% NSW power
    Hunter coal mine approved despite Water Office warnings
     
    Pumped hydro economics: Shoalhaven 2 yes, Snowy 2.0 no
     

    Apr 2018
    ACT reaps profit from unsubsidised wind farms
    AGL plans 252MW gas as partial Liddell replacement ...
    ... will be most suited as backup to renewables
    Solar panels halved power costs at student accommodation
    5m extra trees to cool Sydney

    Mar 2018

    Gov't identifies renewable energy zones of massive potential
    Interactive map shows climate impacts past and future, worldwide

    Rooftop solar cuts power prices for all, and pays a price

    Tathra victims furious at Turnbull's exoneration of climate change

    1km in a petrol car melts 2kg glacier ice

    Land clearing - interactive map
    12.3MW rooftop solar for shopping centres

    Feb 2018
    NSW is state with most coal power - and most power imports
    Smart power slashes swimming pool running costs

    Ways to get PV onto rental homes

    IKEA plan to sell PV panels at cost

    ACT trial of gas-free suburb

    Jan 2018
    Market regulators complicit as generators rort the system
    In a universities world first, UNSW to go 100% renewable power
    At 47.3C Penrith had highest Sydney temperature in 79 years ...
    ... and was the hottest place on Earth at the time ...
    ... with hundreds of bats dying of heat
    2017's weather, 0.95°C above average - Annual BoM report

    Tesla route planner shows recharge points and times
     

    Dec 2017
    State's dependence on coal power risks "system black" in heatwave - report ...
    ... as fourth plant in a week fails without warning
    Solar train in Byron Bay
    When does a domestic battery save money?

    Coal power cost rising as subsidies dry up
    ATA offers households free, independent advice on solar and storage 

    Nov 2017
    Regional hospitals, schools?  No, Nats want to subsidise coal power stations
    10 new coal mines proposed add up to more than Adani

    Frydenberg continues to condemn Lord Howe Is. to its Diesel power

    Ausgrid looks to rooftop solar to cut network costs 

    Oct 2017
    Special law allows coalmine to violate water safety
    AEMO supports 200MW demand-response tender funded by ARENA and NSW Gov't
    Sydney on track for 50C days by 2050

    Sep 2017
    Business uses battery to save cost of grid connection upgrade
    Wollongong coal mine threatens Sydney's water
    Yes, that was our hottest winter on record, 2°C above average

    Aug 2017
    Renewables league table: NSW 6th out of 8
    PV power for tenants

    Direct health harm from coal power costs us (at least) 1.3c/kWh
    Wrist slaps for Whitehaven Coal's environmental breachesJuly 2017

    Rorting rules costs households $400-$500/y on power bills
    BZE launches local communities' zero carbon guide

    Can you guess which of four actions would help climate the most?
    Transport Minister opens eyes to folly of ever wider roads
    Rent battery for your solar from 5c/kWh? ...
    ... Independent analysis of Sonnenflat deal

    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

    Rooftop solar saved us nearly $900m in heatwave
    Mine rehab bonds inadequate - NSW Auditor General

    Mar 2017

    Home Energy Management system optimises solar/battery/hot water

    Feb 2017
    Toolkit for community energy groups
    Lithgow coalmine severely polluting Wollangambe River

    Coal states NSW and Vic facing greatest power price increases - ITK
    Wind and solar saved NSW from blackouts in heatwave ...
    ... as coal and gas flunked out
    How NSW power generators blocked competition and rorted the market

    Jan 2017
    How the Blockchain algorithm helps neighbours trade electricity

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    Warm water drives fish south, destroying kelp forests

    First ever recorded bleaching of coral in Sydney Harbour

    Warm waters bring dangerous bacteria to Sydney harbour
    How coalminers fool politicians into approving mines

    Powershop to offer free smart meters

    Newcastle air pollution like smoking a cigarette a day- Doctors group

    National

    Nov 2019
    'Moderate' Lib MP's stream of renewables and climate lies on Q&A
    AEMC needs to allow households to trade in power market - AEMO

    Australian inaction on climate risking lives - The Lancet

    WA rooftop solar met 45% of demand

    Feds find $1m for Daintree solar-hydrogen microgrid feasibility
     ...
    ... despite KPMG having declared it prohibitively expensive
    Qantas to match customers' carbon offsets

    Wholesale power prices drop as renewables rise to 20%

    ResponsibleSteel
    organisation promotes greener steelmaking

    Lib MP wrong: emissions highest since 2012 - ABC fact check

    Drought: Morrison pays to keep farmers on land, despite strategy report

    Free Trade agreement with France predicated on serious climate action by Aus

    SA power retailer lets customers earn from home battery arbitrage

    Albanese admonishes Fitzgibbon over climate cave-in

    New homes with solar+battery as standard in Vic trial
    Main grid touches 50% renewables!

    Coal's market share of power fell 8%-age points in 12 months

    Surging Diesel emissions wipe out renewable energy gains

    Environment Minister moves to weaken protections to protect coal miners

    Loss of off-take agreement delays Qld's Kidston pumped hydro plan
    SA's renewables a world-class success ...
    ... and enjoyed lowest state's average power prices in October

    Smart potlines could make aluminium smelter a clean green grid asset
     

    Oct 2019
    EVs could mean 40GWh of behind-the-meter storage by 2030 - AGL
    $160m proposal for 80MW solar-powered H production in W Vic

    Tas "Battery of Nation" plan has 2.5GW pumped hydro, plus 2x or 3x Bass link

    Renewable Energy Target overshot by 1GW

    Floor mounted home batteries to satisfy stringent new safety rules

    Carnegie wave power plans relaunched

    Qld gov't's CleanCo aims to make better use of Wivenhoe pumped hydro

    Another climate policy review panel stacked with coal advocates

    Albo's coal compromise: coal for steel wind turbines no coal for power

    Establishment figures attack mining lobby over support for coal

    Morrison bars denialist Kelly from Q&A - because he claimed atolls float? - Ed
    Gupta sets 2030 deadline for his global steel interests going C-neutral
    ARENA backs all-electric net-zero home trial in Melbourne

    Knowing who's planning what will make wind and solar investments safer

    Coal won't make power cheap and reliable - Origin CEO

    Taylor repeats falsified claim of inherited deficit in emissions cut

    Vic Energy Minister blasts AEMC for sluggardly reform

    Nuclear lobby's parliamentary submission exaggerates costs for renewables 10x

    Estimates hearing reveals threadbare emissions policy

    AEMO to try relaxing grid rules to allow more renewables

    Behind-the-meter PV sharing helps Melbourne apartment dwellers

    SA's big Tesla battery earns monthly record, but it could have been more

    Nuclear power uninsurable and uneconomic - Australia Institute

    Vic legislates 50% renewables by 2030

    Closure of Vic's Portland aluminium smelter to hit economy, great for environment

    AEMO's draft vision of the 2040 grid - 70% solar+wind, 10% hydro

    Even in winter, renewables grew to 28% at the expense of coal power

    Vic researchers find old PV silicon can be recycled as nano battery component

    SA's solar power nudged 80% of Saturday demand
     ...
    ... then set a new record a week later
    AEMC's investment coordination plan ignores international lessons
     ...
    ... UK expert warns capacity market would bolster fossil fuels ...
    ... plan rejected by 90% of renewables industry
    Mining lobby obstructs climate action through Coalition and media - Rudd
    Taylor ignores all experts, creates uncertainty to delay renewables
    ACCC doubles down on call to end rooftop solar subsidies
    Fossil fuel extraction proposed for our north would put Paris goal beyond reach

    How climate trend combines with El Nino etc. to set the bushfire periods

    Lib MPs join cross-party Friends of Climate Action

    Taylor's support for coal is wrong-headed - Head of Energy Security Board

    Shutting down climate protests like turning off the smoke alarm - Scott Ludlum

    Aussie company wins international award with solar thermal + molten sodium storage

    Go 100% renewables, plus export 6 times that - ARENA chief

    Gov't's picking winners will push up power prices - Grattan Institute ...
    ... but power companies object to Grattan's proposed fines for accelerated closures
    Qld 700MW coal power station to close 10 years early for technical reasons

    Fed support for car fleets to go electric

    Snowy 2.0 business case non-existent - Bruce Mountain

    Dutton calls for jail for protesters

    Yackandandah edges towards 100% by 2022 target

    WA replaces 64km of pylons with 17 renewables micro grids

    Parl't warned of nuclear industry spruiking blue sky technology
     ...
    ... as Qld LNP voices preference for renewables
    Mangrove degradation releasing 3mtCO2/y

    Another 4,000 Vic solar rebates snapped up in 80 minutes
     ...
    ... Qld grants help landlords install solar ...
    ... as nation's rooftop installs hit new monthly record of 180MW
    Petition calling for Parl't to declare Climate Emergency nears 200,000 signatures
     

    Sep 2019
    Minerals Council of Australia makes top ten of world's climate action hobblers
    $25bn scheme to export NT solar power undersea to Singapore

    Vic Ford factory recycled as wind turbine plant

    AEMC's draft marginal loss factor rules put renewables rollout at risk
     ...
    ... so AEMC defers decision 2 months ...
    ... discovers urgency of grid reform ...
    ... and AEMO warns of need for more detailed impact modelling for new solar ...
    ... while Transgrid blames inappropriate demands placed on renewables
    Third of Big Four banks signs up to RE100, 100% renewables by 2025

    Proposed SA 100MWx3h battery larger than any existing Li-ion

    AGL hints at early close of coal power stations

    Model lets us all play energy system designer and see how renewables can do it

    Go 200% renewables and export surplus as Hydrogen

    WA puts up $10m towards development of Hydrogen economy
      ...
    ... with 5GW of renewables to produce it ...
    ... as NT embraces BZE's plan for H export and zero emissions by 2050 ...
    ... Qld launches green H and ammonia generation ...
    ... and SA plans 100% renewables with H
    Climate Council's report on the changes already here

    NT's state generator faces ruin from cheap solar

    Solar farms' permitted output halved as modelling shows risk to grid
    Renewables will make power cheaper, if Gov't allows - Spark CEO

    Up to 1200MW solar+600MW wind+900MW battery proposed for Northern SA

    ARENA finds $4m for OWC wave energy trial off King Island
     ...
    ... and looks to support hydrogen and grid integration
    Solar+wind reached 41% of demand

    Qld solar farms forced out of market as coal output boosted while prices negative

    Rooftop solar installations steady at record level

    2020 renewables target will be met by existing committed projects
     ...
    ... leading to sharp decline in new ones
    Uni of Adelaide adding 1.2MW solar+420kWx3h hybrid battery ...
    ... while UoQ goes for 2.1MW solar+"7MW" thermal cod storage for aircon

    Aug 2019
    Renewables boom renders nuclear irrelevant - AI report
    WA Naval solar microgrid success keeps Carnegie's wave power plans afloat

    Canavan's dream of more coal sales to India faces multiple risks

    CEFC shifts focus to grid reliability as investors eye its renewables portfolio

    100GWh/y renewables sought for remote Qld mines

    Qld Labor to be coal's new friend

    Vic summer power at risk from failing old coal and new gas

    Qld MP (Nat) proposes taking state out of Eastern grid

    Qld fabricates to justify crackdown on activists

    Bidding software adds 10% revenue to wind and solar, more from battery

    Changing wave patterns threaten coastline

    British High Commissioner asks Australia to do more on climate

    AEMO to model dramatic shift to renewables in a 20 year plan

    UK power retailer focused on EVs, batteries, solar and smart meters to launch in Aus

    ARENA fast-tracks SA pumped hydro with $40m

    Morrison's shell game redirects overseas aid towards climate adaptation in Pacific ...
    ... PM fights to cut climate from communique
    WA big battery to pay back in 5 years by obviating spinning reserve

    Qld protesters make citizens' arrest on Climate Criminal Canavan

    Farmer pleads for climate action after Taylor shrugs off scary UN report - SBS video

    Coal plant outages lead AEMO to seek more reserve power

    Rooftop solar cuts Q2 daytime demand 4% yoy

    EnergyAustralia's heavy losses due to contract clampdown and coal plant problems

    SA approves energy hub: 150MW solar+125MW wind  130MWx3h battery, 50MW H2

    Taylor seeks to distract from wind and solar with nuclear furphy
     ...
    ... and looks to US to guarantee oil reserve rather than turn to EVs
    Wind farms kill birds and bats, but maybe better to pursue ferals

    BHP may quit Minerals Council over its climate stance

    Qld opens five new Bowen Basin sites for coal mining tenders

    Political heat delays Liddell closure by 3 months
     ...
    ... and Taylor won't rule out subsidising coal power ...
    ... but AGL eyes $200bn investment opportunity in the Great Transition
    Farm test for TESS energy storage (latent heat of silicon melt)

    Aussie denialist hack finds Thunberg disturbing

    AEMO taking registrations for home solar+battery VPP trial

    Generator privacy rules relaxed to avoid oversupply on grid sectors

    SA approves Gupta's 100MWx1h Playford Utility battery

    Soon, only two OECD countries will lack a fuel efficiency standard; one is Russia 

    July 2019 
    Home battery market needs grid services to be rewarded, not just subsidies
    Origin sales down 10% as industries buy renewables direct

    Half the experts say Aus could be 100% renewable power by 2035

    VR project to allow anyone to experience climate change in Antarctica

    ESB chair gives up on Feds; States must lead the transition

    Massive 96GW of proposed renewables needs new infrastructure
     ...
    ... which CEFC looks to encourage ...
    ... as existing solar depresses daytime prices
    Qld Coalminer fined a paltry $3,152 for 27 illegal drillings

    Vic publishes guide on social licence for solar farms

    Fighting climate change is an economic imperative - Lib MP's maiden speech

    Qld relaxes power bidding rules now that renewables undercut $50/MWh

    45% of our coastline already damaged by climate change

    From 2025, no Australian insurance group will support thermal coal industry

    Low emissions standards will make us a dumping ground for dirty vehicles

    An ETS would have made power cheaper now - retiring public service head

    EV rental company expands into EV sharing platform
     
    Foreign Minister rejects Pacific Nations' demand to lift climate action

    Clean Energy Regulator expects Aus to exceed 20% renewables by 2020 target
    Qld's cheap royalties for low quality coal are effectively a subsidy - Australia Institute

    BHP acknowledges climate impact of its products, announces $570m to combat crisis

    Taylor forced to concede our emissions are rising
     ...
    ... having sat on the report for weeks
    SA boasts 10GW wind and solar development pipeline

    Greens table bill to bar government subsidies for new coal power

    As renewables hit 43% share in Eastern states, wholesale power price hit zero
     ...
    ... and solar touched 20% demand on six consecutive days - in midwinter!
    Solar industry fed up with anti-renewables trolls surge following election
    280MW PV + 140MWx4h battery storage for Port Pirie

    AEMO proposes $370m Vic transmission upgrades to share solar, lower prices
     ...
    ... drawing Federal Energy Minister Taylor's ire
    SA 200MW solar+battery farm scores 15yr PPA

    AEMC pushes for demand reduction market, but householders excluded

    Councils declaring emergency total 3m Aussies

    AGL shareholders call for accelerated retirement of coal power

    Qld EV chargers no longer free, but still half the cost of petrol

    CCA's new advice to Gov't in light of cheap renewables, rising emissions, worse outlook

    Cold front drives NEM wind power to new record

    Robbins Is. wind farm too unsightly even for Bob Brown

    ADF foresees influx of climate refugees

    WA's green energy hub plan grows to 15GW
     [1/4 of Australia's total capacity - Ed]
    Tell the CCA how we should cut emissions

    Deputy NP leader overstates thermal coal jobs by factor 5:2

    N Qld solar+pumped hydro to proceed with $610m cheap loan from NAIF

    Fifth coal unit fails, leaving Vic 2GW down on its "reliable"power
    Chinese expert warns against dependence on China's coal imports
    AEMO calls for more energy storage and interstate links
     ...
    ... discussion paper on pumped hydro
    Aussie employers called on to support general strike for climate

    Vic offshore windfarm, Australia's first, takes a step forward

    Australia on track for 17% of world's emissions by 2030
     
    2018's large scale solar boom continues unabated

    Plan to power SA's new tech hub with 6MW solar

    AEMC plans complex market system to drive grid growth - just build it?

    Month's quota of half-price solar in Vic filled in three days

    500MW solar farm with 250MWx4h storage approved for SA

    Remote Qld council extends solar use, plans carbon neutral 2022

    WA rooftop solar "farm" reaps 90% uptake as householders save $$

    WA 2°C above average so far this year

    How states are tracking against renewables targets, in charts

    Despite stock losses in drought, Aus' emissions up another 1%

    Farmers bear witness to climate reality

    Coal ash dumps pose major health threat - EJA report

    June 2019
    Multiple Bass links considered for Tassie battery of the nation scheme
    SA now with first unsubsidised big battery
    ...
    ... and rebates for shared solar, vehicle-to-grid and Demand Response
    Taylor tries to blame investor uncertainty on States that give up on the Feds

    Tassie wind farms killing endangered birds

    Subsidies to coal-fired power top $1.2bn- UK think tank ODI

    Religious leaders urge PM to show moral courage on climate

    Vic company's software to give UK's grid leading-edge demand management

    EnergyAustralia still plans brown-coal Yallourn to run until 2032

    Qld's Supreme Court rejects onerous PV installation rules
     ...
    ... forcing gov't to engage with industry
    Trump-inspired PM to cut Green Tape

    WA power demand set to fall as rooftop solar take-up approaches 50%

    Brissie could be unlivable by 2050 - peer-reviewed study
     ...
    ... as Vic loses coastal residences
    Remote mines ditch Diesel for renewables
    ...
    ... Coober Pedy runs 70% renewables
     ...
    ... Pilbara manganese project may go 90% ...
    ... and SA gold and copper mine gets 250kW solar, wind, battery
    A 10GW, 8,000 job, $2bn in exports Vision for NT - BZE
    Frydenberg's office canvassed rule weakening after Taylor's company sprayed grassland

    SA's not-quite-so-big battery earning well and keeping the Yorke peninsula powered

    PM's personal coal supplier to be an adviser

    Market will lead to 57% renewables by 2030, 84% by 2050 - BNEF
    ...
    ... CSIRO and Ken Henry suggest 100% by 2050
    Rapid transition less risky than prolonging coal and baseload gas - study

    Hanson squibs homework on cancelled 'solar boost' scheme

    SA looks to credit big batteries with their full value
      ...
    ... and looks to EVs to flatten the 'duck curve'
    "No jobs on a dead planet", ITUC Gen sec reminds Aussie unions

    EU, China query whether we'll meet emissions targets

    Coal price falls as EU market dwindles

    SA expects to go net zero power gen by 2030

    Qld to plan for 30-day heatwaves and 43°C peaks

    Vic integrated solar farm+battery is Aus' largest

    2021 5-minute price rule change will end gas rort, favour batteries

    Fitzgibbon overlooks vital distinction between thermal coal and coking coal

    Rooftop solar at 2GW but 179GW feasible - report

    Transition will be rapid; the task is to plan - AEMO CEO Zibelman

    Solar and wind will cut power prices 30%, boosting industry - McKinsey

    German efficiency standards would save us $7.7bn/y, cut emissions - report

    500MW of brown coal station Loy Yang A down for seven months
     ...
    ... meaning more gas, so more wind too ...
    ... Yallourn W and Qld's Gladstone nearly as unreliable
    AGL's move into telecoms signals smart grid future

    Rivian's ESUV vision: 660km range, remote chargers and charge sharing

    60MW solar farm to slash mining costs in Pilbara

    AEMO sees $3.8b savings in switch to renewables, will model 80% by 2030

    Heat wipes out Tassie kelp, so plant more to draw down CO2

    Incentive scheme sought for renewable hydrogen

    Overdue 2018 emissions report shows 0.7% increase 

    Hydrogen export economics gaining ground

    Qld the state most at risk from rising temperatures - Ernst & Young

    2019 PV installations surpass whole of 2017

    Qld coal workers finding their way to solar jobs

    Qld Nats push for nuclear power; Oh yes, where?, asks Albo
    Vic police add Tesla model X to fleet

    Growth in solar cuts Qld feed-in tariff to 7.8c/kWh
     

    May 2019
    21 WA councils call for state to be 50% renewables by 2030, "true to science"
    Wild weather drives new wind output record
     ...
    ... helping to push emissions down
    AEMO to build PV registry to manage grid dominance in 2040

    Ryde Council plans $370,000 for EVs and chargepoints
     ...
    ... as Tasmania puts up $450,000 in grants ...
    ... and charge points to quadruple on Qld "Electric Superhighway" 
    Weak emissions standards cost Aussie drivers $1bn over 3 years

    Battery planned for new 95MW solar farm in SA

    Wind farm developments enabled by CEFC reach total of 2GW

    AEMC rule change allows utilities to supply remote power off-grid

    If you won't price carbon, cap vehicle emissions - Chief Scientist
    Despite Federal Gov't, 50% renewables likely by 2030

    Small solar farms top up farmers' incomes
    Vic sustains funding of solar homes project

    Mirvac to roll out PV sharing scheme across its multi-occupancies

    1GW of battery for Vic could obsolete Yallourn brown coal plant

    WA grid needs tighter regs to handle PV growth - AEMO

    Put climate ahead of jobs -  Qld unionist

    Frydenberg sees opportunities in "inevitable" transition to renewables

    183MW Barossa wind farm with 50MWx4h battery nears approval

    Sonnen offers electricity at low flat monthly charge for PV+battery households

    Fully electric garbage trucks in Melbourne

    Gupta plans 280MW solar+100MW battery and pumped hydro for Whyalla

    Businesses call for Gov't to help bring on cheap renewables, not obstruct

    400MW renewables with 100MW gas peaking to provide firm power at ~$60/MWh

    BHP sees a bright low-carbon future

    212MW wind farm with 50% capacity factor approved in WA

    Ausgrid to extend successful trial of Virtual Power Plant (VPP)

    Hydrogen fuel cells to displace Diesel gen back up at remote mines

    Redflow batteries break into China market
     ...
    ... become a preferred supplier in NZ ...
    ... and land mobile network deal in South Africa
    Renewables add reliability and cut costs - Lib Senator Arthur Sinodinos
    Labor should embrace coal - Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon
    Election result causes power price spike

    WA taskforce to plan exit from coal power and oil vehicles

    Despite election result, 50% renewables by 2030 still feasible
     ...
    ... but no EV strategy until 2020
    Qld's Tritium grows exports with world-beating EV fast charger

    Election win lets Coalition persist with feeble climate policy
     ...
    ... but majority of cross-benchers will seek stronger action ...
    ... and NUW pushes for a just transition from coal
    50MWx4h Vanadium battery for SA solar farm

    Industry has been allowed to increase GHG emissions by a third

    Shorten describes climate as an emergency

    No new coal power, put price on carbon - UN Secy General

    60 scientists call for urgent action on climate

    International lessons on the transition from coal

    81% want more action on climate - Vote Compass

    SA's big battery made 25% profit in first full year

    AEMO's 18 month timeline for 4.5GW new renewables, plus batteries

    Labor's $1.5b plan to 'unlock' gas is worse than Adani coalmine

    Report claiming strong climate action would wreck economy conflicts with 22 others
     ...
    ... and with SA's experience
    Fossil fuel subsidies are 2.3% of GDP, or $1200 per person per year - IMF

    Partial reprieve for solar and wind farms as AEMO moderates loss factors

    How climate change is damaging our economy - Climate Council report ...
    ... $571bn off property values by 2030
    Palmer plans USC coal plant in central Qld

    News Corp journos embarrassed by bias dictated from above
    ...
    ... erstwhile colleague agrees
    Solar takes big bite out of coal gen

    New build solar and wind power now cheaper than legacy coal - BNEF

    Renewables reach 50% in WA, slicing off summer demand peak

    Australian policy inaction 'appalling' - World Bank climate chief

    Big battery growth continues to cut FCAS costs

    Solar and wind helped, but costly coal and gas pushed Q1 power to record prices

    64% Aussies rate climate our top threat - Lowy poll

    Australia set to consume its share of the remaining carbon budget in three years
    Lib MP's answer for Fijians - help them move to higher ground

    CEFC puts $4m into freight efficiency technology

    Emissions from our exported fuels more than double domestic use

    Wesfarmers switches from coal to Lithium

    AEMC's new rules to boost Demand Management and cut power costs

    Senate cross-benchers may back Shorten's emissions target

    Morrison's support for Lib donor's coal plant defied Treasury advice

    Shenhua's EIS based on unreasonable assumptions - UNSW study
    Korean company to launch 100% renewables retailer in Aus

    Labor's home battery subsidies could slash power bills 80% - Smart Energy Council

    Falling margins claim another solar contractor

    SA ran 100% renewables for six hours

    Wet tropics share reef's existential threat

    Shorten promises $5bn for renewable energy hub in Spencer Gulf, SA

    Clean Energy Industry calls for clear policy to reduce emissions
    Grid scale batteries will change the game - AGL

    Labor's $1bn solar+batteries for schools' 364MW VPP program

    How Government squandered critical decade - Climate Council 

    Apr 2019
    ACF's scorecard on parties' climate policies
    We can have power 100% renewable and cheaper by 2035 - Garnaut
    ...
    ... but PM rides coal bandwagon

    Qld: High gas price resurrects $1bn wind/solar/mining transmission line

    SA Greens announce plan for 6500 renewable energy jobs
    Qld Minister complains of miners' myths

    Labor also to treat NAIF as slush fund for fossil fuels

    Oil companies must make public their environmental plans ... for 30 days

    Shorten rules out joint climate policy with Greens

    Growth of grid-scale solar pushes down emissions
     ...
    ... but renewables boom may turn to bust as profitability falls
    AEC orders Facebook, Twitter takedown of unauthorised pro-Adani political ads

    Renewables to provide the cheapest power - financial analyst IEEFA
    Aussie tech for electric planes

    PM supports nuclear if it stacks up economically - [so no nuclear in Aus - Ed]

    Vic load shedding in January down to brown coal plant failures; solar, wind did well

    Qld Lib MP "doesn't know" how much Adani has contributed to her campaign

    45% emissions reduction won't impede economy - Shorten

    Tesla calls on AEMO to get up to date on battery capabilities

    Greens plan $1bn for transitioning workers from thermal coal industry

    56% Qlders support "war effort" on climate

    10MW solar + 2MWh storage across 25 NT remote communities
    AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro for SA

    Relocatable solar panels for commercial roofs
    RET should favour dispatchable generation

    Rio Tinto urges coal wind-down, challenges Minerals Council

    Rooftop solar on track to add 2GW in 2019

    AEMO to model faster exit from coal

    Abbott shifts back to scepticism on climate

    Former emergency chiefs unify in warning PM of climate risks

    Environment agencies spent $175,000 on fine dining in six months

    Taylor's boast of coalition's carbon credentials misleading - ABC fact check

    CSR to sell solar roof tiles in Aus

    More rooftop solar installed in March than existed in 2010
    Snowy 2.0 cost blows out post $5bn

    Wind farms growing in acceptance - commissioner
    Coalition numbers for solar+storage costs grossly inflated - ARENA

    Petrol and Diesel cars are moribund - Motor Trades Assn boss
    AEMO trial of Virtual Power Plant supplying frequency control

    Port Augusta Solar Tower project folds for lack of finance
     - [tragic - Ed] ...
    ... new interconnector plan may have been last straw
    Mutual bank calls on business to go renewable

    Clean Energy development pipeline grew 260% in 2018 - Clean Energy Council

    AEMC blames renewables for its own lack of planning

    700MW wind farm proposed near Hexham, Vic.

    100% renewables cheaper, quicker and easier than anyone thought - Windlab

    2019's March was our hottest on record

    Mar 2019
    Japan to freeze coal power use
    Only 13% think government doing enough on climate - poll

    Small scale pumped hydro best for firming renewables - Mark Diesendorf

    Pollution limits on power stations poor by world standards

    Federal election -
    Labor's climate plan:
    -  Direct Action, but 100 more polluters in scheme and meaningful penalties
    -  Tax breaks for EVs for businesses
    -  50% new cars EVs by 2030, ... NRMA asks for 100% ... Too easy - Musk ...
       More EV analysis ... NZ to reach 100% by 2030 ... Half of voters want 100% by 2025 ...
    -  Should focus on supporting States' reverse auctions - Corbell
    -  How coalition arrives at gross overestimate of cost ...
       ... economist's independence challenged by Climate Council ...
       ... while ITK comes up with a far smaller cost
    Coalition's plan:
    Paltry
    Minister tried to get coal upgrade rated as "green" after industry lobbying

    Fall in renewables and storage costs stuns fossil power industry

    Long-delayed exploration licence for offshore wind in Gippsland

    Renewables replaced output of shut Hazelwood coal plant in under two years

    Qld ships "green hydrogen" to Japan

    Taylor sees benefit of renewables microgrids in regions

    Investor group seeks plan for zero emissions by 2050

    300MW wind farm planned near shuttered Hazelwood plant

    Greens' platform: cease coal power and thermal coal export by 2030
      ...
    ... plus ban on new petrol and Diesel cars
    70% back 100% renewables by 2030 - SA poll

    Policy vacuum to halve renewables investment in 2020

    Ausnet admits some solar/battery installs have been rejected in error in E. Vic.

    Big 4 banks join insurers and super funds in low carbon economy initiative

    Australia dismal on energy transition readiness - World Economic Forum

    No new coal in shortlist of power projects for taxpayer funds ...
    ... just an upgrade and an infeasibility study
    ... but Taylor promises "baseload"
    The 20 pumped hydro projects in progress would triple energy storage capacity

    Energy saving could cut electricity and gas use 10% by 2030

    Court dismisses challenge to SA 180MW wind+215MW battery proposal

    Wind power topped 4GW in February

    CEFC invests $10m in home solar+battery green bond scheme

    Reduced competition caused post-Hazelwood price spikes

    Renewables reach 21.2% of supply, but transport emissions soar

    At present rate, 100% wind and solar by 2030

    Butler opposes reliance on Kyoto credits to achieve Paris commitment

    Japan's shift from thermal coal a major blow to Australia's exports
     ...
    ... as China's restrictions on Aussie coal spread
    Taylor dismisses Labor's climate policy using dodgy accounting
     ...
    ... "peer reviewed" by US climate denialist
    AEMC scorns Feds' piecemeal approach to energy and climate

    Aurizon to sue coal train protesters for $375,000

    Climate Change threatens economy - RBA Deputy Governor

    1 in 10 Australian homes could be uninsurable in generations

    Major generators snub Gov't push for new "baseload" - Read "coal" - Ed
    IKEA delivery fleet to be all electric by 2025

    Coalition wedged on coal policy:
    ... Dutton opposes Government building coal plant ...
    ... Nats heavy leader to demand coal subsidy ...
    ... but position "incredibly clear" - Defence Minister - [Or clearly incredible? - Ed]
    ... Will do little to cut emissions - Investor group
    Climate change driving up domestic violence - report

    Abbott says no need to quit Paris having got rid of Turnbull

    Grid congestion cuts wind and solar earnings 20%

    WA's EPA wants big CO2 emitters to provide offsets
     ...
    ... Premier rejects idea ...
    ... analysts endorse it ...
    ... but EPA caves in to fossil fuel lobby
    The Angriest Summer - Climate Council Report

    Detailed Snowy 2.0 business case released
     ...
    ... will raise prices, prop up coal and kill batteries
    WA power utility to provide solar+battery instead of remote grid

    Revealed - coal company's campaign to undermine climate movement

    Transport emissions up 60% over 30 years

    Online market connects 7GW of renewables to corporate buyers
     ...
    ... as another allows trading domestic rooftop power
    AFR article wildly overstates cost of battery back-up for renewables
    'Tsunami' of renewables investment defies policy vacuum

    Business cases for Snowy 2.0 and new Bass Strait link depend on massive coal cuts

    SA's new fast-start gas plant to ease shift to renewables

    On track for Paris commitment? Fair bunkum! - Scientists and energy experts
      

    Feb 2019 
    That was our hottest summer on record, by a record jump!
    Yet again, solar saves the grid as coal stations wilt in heat

    Low-middle socioeconomic groups lead PV uptake

    Largest network operator foresees coal closures accelerating

    Taylor concedes election to delay "fair dinkum" subsidies to coal
     
    Feds throw another $1.4bn at Snowy 2.0, but financials secret

    With planning, we can have clean, reliable and cheap - AEMO CEO
    Origin plans big batteries, with renewables to double in 3 years

    Glencore to cap its coal mining at present level

    SA Water's 154MW solar, 34MWh storage, to reach net zero power bills

    Synchronous condensers (flywheels) cheapest way to firm SA grid

    Developer warns policy uncertainty blocking wind and solar investment

    AEMO finds ways SA can handle 50% more wind power than allowed now

    Can get to 90% renewables quickly with a bit planning - 45 Energy Experts

    Snowy Hydro and others pay fines rather than meet renewables targets

    Minister upset that striking students sought help from elder sibs

    Electricity prices rising despite - or because of - lower demand

    Work starts on 250MWx8h pumped hydro at disused Qld gold mine

    AGL proposes 100MWx1.5h battery for Feds' firm power scheme
     ...
    .. but new legislation might be required for the scheme to begin
    Qld coal dust victims seek compensation from BHP

    Protesters calling for climate action disrupt question time

    NEM in 2018: emissions down 4% as solar, wind displace gas and brown coal

    Wind turbine assembly and testing plant for former Ford site in Geelong

    Taylor's "big stick" bill iced for fear of Greens amendment blocking coal subsidy

    Cheap renewables open industrial opportunities - Ross Gittins

    SA's $50m grid-scale storage plan reaps 50 proposals

    Australia in the half of countries ranking climate as greatest threat

    Yackandandah community mini-grid clocks up 1GWh

    PM admits climate change a factor in recent extreme weather
    - Oh, der - Ed
    ARENA spreads $10m across 12 distributed energy projects

    RHD Tesla 3s likely available in Aus this year

    Rooftop PV installs hit new January record

    Renewables not responsible for power outage risk - Grattan Institute

    Cleaning Aussie petrol to OECD standard would cut transport emissions 3-5%

    Compressed Air Energy Storage trial at former SA zinc mine

    First turbines up at Vic wind farm offering record cheap power

    ANU's report of strong renewables pipeline risks complacency
      ...
    ... misread by minister as excuse to do nothing
    PV, battery and aircon: experiences in the SA heatwave

    Electric plane maker seeks approval for flights in Aus

    Renewables->hydrogen competes with natural gas in SA

    AEMC lays out plan to reduce cost of emergency back-up

    Gupta's Simec to offer "baseload" renewables in Vic

    Our ever-wilder climate - Climate Council Report

    PV farms use single-axis tracking for near-constant daytime power

    PM visits Tassie and Townsville disasters, mum on climate
     ...
    ... astounding former NSW fire chief
    Energy efficiency could save households $1000/y

    Mineral-rich WA could lead world in batteries

    Mildura deputy mayor to run for Broad's vacated seat ...
    ... as challenges mooted for Craig Kelly and Angus Taylor
    Largest WA coal plant to be undercut by renewables by 2025

    Electricity retailers feel the pinch as rooftop PV cuts demand

    The Oz
    does it again, publishing discredited denialist Plimer

    70 "firm power" proposals include one for $1.3bn of solar+battery+pumped hydro

    Jan 2019
    Generators push back on Demand Response - and that costs you money
    Aus needs to pick up its game on climate - OECD

    Industry and generators say Fed's big stick plan will push prices up
     ...
    ... internationals join the condemnation
    500MW solar PV + 250MWx4h battery proposed for SA
    4MWx2h battery for Townsville to ease grid burden

    Ex-CEFC boss takes punt at Frydenberg's seat, Julia Banks eyes Greg Hunt's

    SA, Vic Coal plant failures let Diesel hold grid to ransom in heatwave

    GPs prescribe fixing the climate

    Aus is the only deforestation hotspot in the developed world

    PV kept the power on by shaving heatwave demand

    Aus tipped to top 2019 home battery market with 70,000 installs

    Vic rebate drives 7,000 rooftop PV installs

    Most Qld rooftop PV helped grid by response to overfrequency event

    First grant by Reef foundation mere overhead say critics

    100% renewables by 2050, restoring land to stay under 1.5C all possible - study

    Analysts say grid in good shape for summer loads

    Labor to earmark $1bn of CEFC's extra $10bn for hydrogen export scheme

    Feds to consider new HELE coal plans
     ...[double the cost/kWh of wind - Ed] ...
    ... as evidence mounts of coal's unreliability ...
    ... and Vic minister is scathing
    80MW wind farm takes City of Melbourne to net 100% renewables

    Qld towns reach 40C for 33 consecutive days

    Will voters be fooled again on the causes of rising power bills?

    Fiji tells Morrison to quit coal

    NT to reach 10% renewables this year

    Another 30MW/8MWh of battery for SA

    The Oz
    implies AEMO blames rooftop solar for Qld, SA grid issues Aug 2018

    90% power outages in heatwaves caused by grid, not generation shortage
    Major banks backsliding on fossil fuel investments

    Heat records tumbling yet again - BoM

    Grid-scale PV took off in 2018, tripling total PV install
     ...
    ... raising need for "firmed renewables" as the duck fattens
    $1.5bn wind farm awaiting Federal approval could provide 10% Vic needs

    Aus pushing closer to 1.5°C danger level - BoM

    Rising seas threaten Great Ocean Road

    2018 PV installation nearly triple 2017's

    Lithium hydroxide factory for WA

    Hottest December night on record
     

    Dec 2018
    The renewables challenge - connecting it to the grid
    Renewables+storage much cheaper than fossils - AEMO+CSIRO report
    Gov't figures project we'll miss the 2030 emissions target at a gallop

    Irukandji reach South to Fraser Island

    Labor and Coalition States, business groups, agree emissions too high

    Qld's home battery scheme fully subscribed in a matter of weeks

    State of the Climate - CSIRO & BoM

    - bushfire seasons up to months longer and more severe
    - more severe and longer heatwaves
    - drier winters in SE and SW
    - wetter wets in NW
    - more marine heatwaves harming corals
    - sea level rise accelerating
    - seas acidifying ten times faster than for 300m years
    AEMO beefs up its R&D to handle energy transition

    Over half of Australian drivers considering going hybrid or electric

    CUB nears goal of 100% renewables breweries

    Far N Qld hosts world's first on-grid solar+wind+battery

    AEMC rejects Angus "Biggus Stickus" Taylor's capped price scheme

    Gupta to bid solar+storage in Gov't's "Fair Dinkum Power" tender

    No, Amanda, our emissions are rising - ABC Fact Check

    Greens challenge Labor over fossil fuel donors

    Tassie could export another 400MW over second Bass link

    Outback stop-gap recharges EVs from Diesel generator; mpg as for Diesel car

    Grid investment rules change to end gold-plating, support renewables

    CEFC tips $150m into renewables investment fund
     ...
    ... unfazed by Coalition shifting its mandate to "firm" power
    Emissions rise again

    ADF's Alice Springs comms facility switching from Diesel to solar+battery

    Canavan fails to see a carbon price would work - it did last time - Ed

    Coalition's "technology neutral" funding plan will not apply to solar and wind

    What Labor is expected to announce next on Climate Policy - analysis

    A vision of the grid of the future - Frischknecht

    Rooftop solar could be 14% of supply by 2023 - report

    Gupta's plans for renewables at Whyalla grow

    NT granted land clearing permit because "climate consequence not measurable"
     ...
    ... [It's $1.4bn for the world as a whole and $3m-$33m for Australia - Ed]
    40 Fremantle households to be able to trade solar power through network

    Energy minister's partner wants blackouts so she can blame renewables

    WA to add 1GW of grid-scale renewables
    After SA success, Tesla grid batteries may go national ...
    ... as the original enables stronger interconnection
    How the transition to renewables has made SA's power cheaper, cleaner, more reliable

    Qld services brace for new normal - it's fire then flood

    Export renewable power to Indonesia or they'll go coal and gas

    Labor, Greens fail to block gov't financing coal power
    Turnbull excoriates "ideology and idiocy" of coalition right wing

    Student can't believe Canberra cares about future generations

    Dick Smith parodies PM's support for coal - video

    2m households have rooftop solar
    ...
    ... and renewables touched the 9GW mark, 40% of demand 
    800MW wind farm approved in Qld

    Rising coal price main cause of continued high power price - BNEF

    Striking schoolkids and their damning slogans - in pictures

    Aus in top 10 of countries impacted by natural disasters
     ...
    ... yet our emissions grow at fastest rate since 2004 ...
    ... and UN says we're headed to fail on our Paris target

    Nov 2018 
    First recorded cases of spectacled flying fox heat deaths
    Erroneous approval for massive Qld land clearing after MPs lobbied officials
    80 Qld bushfires in "unprecedented conditions"

    Coal power fails in Vic (accident), NSW (old age) and Qld (heat)
    Even with 4 hours' storage, solar and wind now undercut coal and gas - BNEF
    Getting the compensation right would make a C-tax popular - Ross Gittins
    In SA trial, demand management saved $$, firmed grid and cut emissions

    3-phase AC EV charging converges on Type 2 plug as standard; DC next?
    Coalition hamstrung on climate by right-wing ideologues - Turnbull Snr
    Australia's policies adopted by rest of world would lead to 4.4°C rise

    3°-4°C rise would make Australia uninsurable - IAG
    Vic start-up power retailer's novel model for supporting rooftop PV
    Miners baulk at Qld bill to recover rehabilitation costs ...
    ... Gov't weakens: it won't apply to approved projects
    SA grid curtails up to 10% of renewables as gas plant fails to keep up
    Grid rules don't allow renewables plus battery as a unit
    Batteryless scheme to reduce curtailment of high renewables output

    No, ScoMo, renewables are 'fair dinkum power' - S/w billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes
    EU trade deal dependent on sticking with Paris agreement - official
    Doctors call for EV incentives after WHO pollution report

    Study finds mix of storage options covers all needs for clean, cheap power

    Oct 2018
    Aussie low voltage EV engine design safer, allows battery swap
    No plans to ditch rooftop solar rebate - Angus Taylor ...
    ... but considering indemnifying new coal against a future C price!
    US economist blasts Gov't adherence to coal on Q&A
    200MW Vic solar farm adds "synchronous condenser" to boost grid strength
    Pilbara battery beats fossil fuels at grid stability
    IPCC report implies Aus must shut 12 coal plant by 2030
    Morrison admits role in $400m grant reef foundation
    AEMO's action plan doesn't need coal to keep the lights on - Zibelman
    Most economists and scientists reject "at a canter" claim for meeting commitments

    Aug 2018
    How rule changes made baseload the threat to grid stability
    Coal-waver ScoMo as PM:

    Turnbull jr. blames Libs' financial dependence on coal lobby
    What is this dispatchable power the ACCC calls for - explainer
    Sun Metals' solar farm shows no new coal needed in N Qld - Premier
    Any new coal power would drive out older coal - and still be a stranded asset - Ed
    ACCC's call to end solar rebate favoured by Origin; others less sanguine

    ACCC's idea to underwrite new firming power would slash cost of solar - Gupta

    AEMO has to keep intervening in SA generation because of gas plant outages

    Demand Response could save businesses a third of power costs
    "I don't give a rat's if it's man-made" - Agriculture Minister
    Denialist think tank IPA hid that half its "donations" come from Hancock Prospecting 

    July 2018
    Info page on SA's Virtual Power Plant
    Senate committee told slow EV adoption will cost Aussie motorists
    AEMC warms to idea of freeing power market for storage providers

    Threat of collapse for various Aussie ecosystems
    More severe temperature inversions worsening pollution and its 3000/y toll
    Renewables should replace coal as plant becomes uneconomic, not before - AEMO
     ...
    ... but health harms not considered
    ACCC calls for end to feed-in tariff, yet Australia Institute shows solar saved the day
    Domestic solar rules out-of-date - Matthew Wright
    ACCC blames rorts for high power prices, yet favours subsidies for baseload ...
    ... but analyst fears it creates yet more uncertainty
    Australia falling further behind on energy efficiency
    Policy challenge is to put storage at heart of smart grid - Finkel Report
    Reef not the only Aussie ecosystem threatening collapse

    CEFC backs smart meters seen as key to distributed generation
    Canavan's department does not support his bull(ishness) on coal

    Jun 2018
    Half of lost Hazelwood capacity replaced by hydro, wind and solar
    Vic landlords offering rooftop solar for small rental increase
    "Renewables, even if costing more" support rises to 84% - Lowy poll
    Climate change increasing disaster relief burden - Defence Dept
    Farmers to Nationals: it is climate change
    Rooftop solar too big to remain unmanaged - AEMO ...
    ... or maybe just a beat-up in a bid to extend hegemony
    Gas connection uneconomic for new build homes - ATA

    Wind and solar supplying industry at 40% discount from grid

    May 2018
    Network charges, not C-tax, drove up power prices - ACCC chair
    Car industry resists pollution caps that would still be weaker than overseas

    28 more off-grid NT communities switch from Diesel to solar+battery

    Improved grid reliability is cheap despite renewables - AEMO
    Flywheels cheaper than paying gas-fired generators for grid strength - report
    Climate already an existential security risk - Senate inquiry
    Vic solar+storage saves $30m network upgrades - [IPART take note - Ed] 
    New Hope coalmine used astroturfing to sway pollies
    de fact
    o C-price approaches $18/tCO2e

    IEA warns Australia's oil reserves too low - time to support EVs?
    Modern SA droughts, NT floods, worst in 400 years
    7.7% of nation's super would get us to 100% green energy by 2030

    Apr 2018
    Risk to power supply infinitesimal - AEMC expert panel
    Lithium battery recycling plant opens in Vic

    200 Latrobe Valley dairy farms to share energy via blockchain microgrid

    Frydenberg tells A Jones some home truths

    How distributed generation strengthens the grid
    Land clearing and climate in Qld - Climate Council report

    $90m earmarked for "clean coal" better spent on transition from brown coal
    AEMO doubles EV prediction to 50% car market in 20 years
    Renewables set to exceed 2020 target Abbott dismissed as impossible
    25MWh pilot of SA company's phase-change thermal storage

    ARENA puts $200k into mobile solar farm tech
    Wind farms have boosted regional economies by $4bn
    The economics of home batteries - SunWiz
    New Vic wind farms close to 50% capacity factor
    Mercury from Vic coal power doubled in a year
    Coalition right wing want to subsidise new coal power
    ...
    ... Descendants object to use of Monash name to support "horse and buggy" tech ...
    ... costing $3bn, taking eight years, and pushing up prices ...
    ... even Morrison admits it's crazy ...
    ... and Frydenberg insists party room agreed 26% emissions cut

    Mar 2018 
    Loss of Hazelwood drove up Vic power prices ...
    ... but the lights stayed on
    Q&A fact check: SA's high power prices not a result of renewables

    This summer, renewables generated more than brown coal did

    Market rules need urgent update to get best from renewables - AEMO head
    Policy only barrier to 50% renewables - Aus Industry Group
    AEMC concerned over reduced synchronous generation ...
    ... but AEMO worries about hot weather making gas & coal unreliable
    Engineering company claims Aus-wide grid now feasible
    How renewables are now pushing power prices down

    New coal power: expensive, inflexible, polluting and dead - Market expert

    Coral bleaching hits NT

    Whyalla steel plan expands to 1GW solar, battery, pumped hydro

    SA wind farm provides cheaper and more precise FCAS than gas 
    Coal plant outages averaging 3 a week
    World's largest solar+wind->hydrogen plant for SA
    Wind bids under $60/MWh in Vic auction

    Mining/government revolving door demotes Aus propriety ranking

    Power retailer's wind and solar investments giving Vic customers a price cut

    Qld's 2GW rooftop solar got it through coal plant failures in record heatwave

    Time-of-day feed-in tariffs for Vic

    Feb 2018
    Climate change-doubting, anti-wind deputy PM replaced by... worse
    Huge power bill savings in CSIRO's Brisbane virtual power plant trial
    Climate Change has reef in deep trouble - Marine Park Authority
    Environmental spend falls to $950m while miners' fuel tax credit rises to $2.5bn

    Jan 2018
    Gov't rules out most healthful options for fuel standards
    Electricity authority AEMO advocates 52% emissions cut by 2030
    "Impossible" LRET met 3 years early
    Frydenberg concedes renewables will suppress prices
     ...
    ... with 19GW of solar farms in pipeline
    SA rooftop solar saved grid $10m/day in heatwave
    Frydenberg overlooks (yet another) coal plant failure as cause of price spike
    Erstwhile nuclear proponents now see renewables as the way
    Irukandji reach South to Fraser Is.

    Reliable coal? Loy Yang A fails 6 times in 3 weeks

    150MW Solar Thermal plant approved for Port Augusta
     ...
    ... but doubts over SolarReserve's record

    Dec 2017
    Snowy Hydro 2.0 estimate doubles to $4.5bn+; still viable?
    Export renewable energy as hydrogen? - ARENA grants $20m for research

    AEMO paper sees renewables dominating, emissions down 70% in 2030
    Gas network could be based on renewables by 2050 - report
     [except the C-capture bit - Ed]
    $450m wasted on clean coal mirage - Audit office
    Live graph of national supply and demand
    Fossil fuel power stations should pay solar for back-up - Australia Institute

    Nov 2017
    50% wind+solar no problem for existing grid - Scientific Council ...
    ... Finkel defends report from Abetz' uninformed attack
    AEMC blocks "no brainer" of taking rural communities off-grid

    Snowy 2.0 to cost customers $160m/y  -analyst
    How coal makes the grid less reliable

    Oct 2017
    Finkel refutes claim of numerous new coal plant worldwide
    Productivity Commission advocates C-price
    How rooftop solar cuts energy prices for all
    Chinese ETS will penalise our emissions-intensive exports

    Sep 2017

    Saltwater pumped hydro feasible for Spencer Gulf - report
    Solar and wind under construction hit by AEMO's new synchronicity rules
    Climate model analysts reject Bolt's misrepresentation of their paper

    Retired BoM chief decries The Oz' promotion of time-wasting denialists

    WA farmers delighted with solar+battery off-grid ...
    --- it's 15 times as reliable
    Threats to grid stability are fossil fuel power station failures in the heat - AEMO
    AEMO CEO emphasises demand management, not more baseload power ...
    ... as Decentralised Energy Exchange opens for business

    Aug 2017
    Demand Management could cut demand by "half a Hazelwood"
    ScoMo sees the light: more coal is not the cheap option
    1MW solar + 2hours' battery to halve Daly River's Diesel use

    Climate change threat on a par with nuclear war - former Defence Force chief
    Emissions from fracking NT's MacArthur would dwarf Carmichael coal's
    Tougher vehicle emissions limits would save Aussies $bns - report
    Welfare groups fooled into blaming solar for high power prices 

    June 2017

    Record hot days/year: pre-2000 there were 11; in 2000-2010, 20
    Coal with CCS will never stack up - industry insider
    AEMC Draft Report on future of the grid (full draft here)
    Vast land-sequestration possible at $5/t to $10/t - Reputex

    Mar 2017
    States with greater renewables growth had lower price increases

    Fugitive methane emissions inadequately assessed

    Feb 2017
    Coal industry diverted tax concession for research into lobbying funds

    Jan 2017
    Cost of Vic bushfires to double by 2050 - Climate Council

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    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 

    May 2018
    Liberal SA Gov't will continue move to renewables
    July 2017
    New back-up rules push up cost of wind power
    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

    Aug 2019
    After 30 months, AER decides to sue wind farms over blackout ...
    ... and AEMC joins in ...
    ... to the bewilderment of AEMO ...
    ... and of EnergyAustralia

    Dec 2018
    AER finds fault with AEMO, Origin and ElectraNet, but stops short of actual blame 

    Dec 2017
    AEMO eases onerous restrictions on wind power
    Tesla's big battery switches on a day early
     

    Aug 2017
    Tesla et al. slam rejection of synthetic inertia
    Demand-response and batteries may obviate need for new gas-fired

    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

    July 2017
    Contractors seek $1bn compo
    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

    Nov 2019
    Insurers to get tough on coal miners - ex-QBE boss 

    Oct 2019
    Palmer company reapplies for licence for mine 4xAdani's
    Another infrastructure contractor backs away

    Insurance company withdraws backing for rail line

    Hydrogeology professor finds water impact assessment too rosy

    Adani still haggling over royalty deferral scheme as thermal coal price falls 40% yoy

    Aug 2019
    Construction company Aurecon deserts Adani
    Engineers Charity severs links with sponsor GHD over Adani connection

    July 2019
    Adani "a corporate collapse waiting to happen" - forensic accounting expert
    Qld gov't to prosecute Adani over misleading report

    Delays make Adani Aus write down another $128m

    Adani pressures scientists by seeking their identities
     

    June 2019
    Despite groundwater plan approval, legal challenges will continue ...
    ... weakening of conditions may mean approval was unlawful ...
    ... protesters stick at it in Brisbane
    Adani mine jobs: 10,000, 1464, 800-1500, 100...?
      ...
    ... (solar employs 1000 in Qld, GBR tourism 39,000)
    The dollars don't add up, so why does Adani persist?
     ...
    ... and why did the ABC spike the story? ...
    ... Al Gore sees little future in selling to India
    Canavan exaggerates value to Qld by confusion with coking coal

    May 2019
    Sacrifice of endangered finch attracts the corporate vultures
    Three reasons Adani is not "ready to go"

    Mine puts 64,000 GBR jobs at risk - AMCS

    Planned neighbouring mine abandoned as thermal coal price falls

    The Conversation
    's step-by-step explainer

    Rothschild's drops support for Adani mine

    Seven lower house candidates agree to block Adani mine 

    Apr 2019
    Minister Price caves in to Nats' demands to approve water licence ...
    ... and lied in saying scientific advice had been satisfied - [Grounds for review! - Ed]

    Mar 2019
    Lock the Gate files complaint over Adani billboards attacking gov't 

    Feb 2019
    Palaszcuk pins $1.5b damage on climate change ...
    ... but regional Labor MPs still back more coal ...
    ... as Katter recruits CFMEU members as candidates
    Lawyer quits over his firm's plan to bully Adani opponents

    Mining should stop if rare bird's numbers drop - review

    Adani water release may be second breach in two years

    Adani to launch advertising blitz before Fed election

    Bob Brown plans convoy from Hobart to Bowen, Qld, in April

    $35,000 Adani declared to ACT Libs actually went to Feds
     

    Jan 2019
    Adani resorts to attempt to bankrupt activist 

    Dec 2018
    Adani's offset area for endangered bird exposed as useless
    Adani caught drilling illegal dewatering bores

    Adani ordered to pay contractor $12m for scrapped rail line

    Now the insurance companies are abandoning Adani

    Impact on water resources understated

    Attempt to bypass EIS over water use challenged in court

    Qld Premier sceptical of Adani's claim mine has cleared all financial obstacles

    Nov 2018
    Adani will self-fund scaled-back project; hurdles remain
    Qld signs off on EIS for 20,000 ha. China Stone mine, 38mt p.a.

    Shorten ignores Adani threat as it doesn't count in Aus emissions

    Gov't ignored advice to require proper impact assessment of Water extraction - FoI
    Korean banks deny interest in financing Carmichael mine
     

    Aug 2018
    Fed court dismisses Aboriginal bid to keep native title alive
    To proceed, Adani must identify source of vital Springs and plan protection

    Adani granted extra pollution permission as Debbie approached

    Adani defers major Abbott Point expansion
     

    July 2018
    Adani claims financing complete except for rail line
    Would lead to a net reduction of Aussie jobs in coal !- Ross Gittins

    NAIF lacks oversight - Senate Inquiry 

    June 2018
    Bogus aboriginal group's approvals ruled invalid, may shut down Abbott Point ...
    ... $2m paid by Adani was funnelled to the group's members
    EFIC support for Adani faces legal and political hazards
     

    May 2018
    Qld council blind to conflict of interest in Adani funding its staff
    No "sovereign risk" in withdrawing mine approval - Eslake

    Even the DIIS doubts Adani hope of rising thermal coal prices

    AECOM quits design work on rail line

    Analysts find Carmichael mine no longer viable
     

    Apr 2018
    Palmer seeks approval for even bigger mine to piggy-back on Adani's
    Floundering Adani Power seeks to foist expensive new coal plant on Bangladesh

    Mar 2018
    Adani's water use would threaten vital oasis
    Polluter fined $12k, protesters $80k

    75% of Wentworth voters favour review of mine approval
     

    Feb 2018 
    Gov't helped Adani seek Chinese funds - FoI
    Mine can be cancelled without sovereign risk - Geoff Cousins
    ...
    ... confirming legal advice to Shorten
    Shorten tries to have it both ways on Adani
     ...
    ... while Albanese rules out withdrawing approval, but Butler opposes mine
    Pro-Adani council blocks anti film screening "over safety concerns"

    Doubts grow over Adani's ability to proceed
     ... 
    ... as Adani misses its March financing milestone
    Aurizon withdraws NAIF rail loan request for lack of customers

    "Prove you have the finance" - Palaszczuk to Adani

    ABC journo refused Indian visa over Adani revelations

    aAdani may have doctored report on Abbott Pt spill  ...
    ... Frydenberg says it's a state issue, but Labor persists

    Jan 2018
    65% Aussies oppose mine - poll
    Shorten subtly shifts away from Adani

    Trade Minister Ciobo exploring financing Adani through EFIC

    UN environment chief warns against new coal mines

    Council admits it would not own airstrip after forking out $34m ...
    ... Katter smells something fishy

    Dec 2017
    With no rail line loan, Adani cannot afford to outsource ops to Downer
    India's High Court reopens fraud case against Adani

    Qld premier vetoes Adani rail line loan

    ACCC asked to review claim of 10,000 jobs

    Last Chinese funding possibility vanishes

    Adani accused of witness-stacking against traditional owners

    Indigenous compensation well below mining standard - analyst

    Nov 2017
    Greens' support for Gov't depends on scrapping royalty holiday
    Qld graziers foresee burden of proving mine's harms

    61% Queenslanders oppose the rail loan - poll

    Economic value to Qld "delusional" - Aus business leaders

    Adani annual profits halved

    No NAIF decision on rail loan until 2018
    Qld farmer to air ad opposing gift of vast volumes of water
    FoI reveals Aus officials aware of financial and environmental concerns
    Support for the mine is economically dumb - Geoff Cousins 

    Oct 2017

    Rail line loan would be to subsidiary, creating risk of non-repayment
    Mayor supporting $30m for Adani airstrip enjoyed $1600 in hospitality

    Adani desperate to justify financing for Abbott Point
    Aug 2017
    The stench around Adani interests
    Protesters ambush Labor politicians over cash-for-access fundraiser

    Traditional owners lose appeal to block mine...
    ... as does environmental group
    Auditor General eyes NAIF governance ...
    ... NAB also expresses concern
    Adani brother accused of siphoning public money to tax haven
    Commbank swears off Adani mine
    Adani fine for releasing 8 times permitted sediment: 0.005% of port turnover

    Spend that $900m on agriculture for a better return - UoQ economist

    OK, so how about $½bn? - Adani

    Economists blast NAIF's opacity and conflicts of interest

    $1bn rail line loan would be high risk for taxpayer - ACIL-Allen 

    July 2017 
    Galilee mines would cost NSW $10b/y in coal earnings [good or bad? - Ed]
    Forget the planet, protect Qld jobs now - Canavan

    Plan for protecting endangered bird grossly inadequate - experts

    Adani's works schedule: do nothing for six months

    A loan from NAIF would violate its terms - Oliver Yates

    Palaszczuk rules out loan to complete Adani's funding

    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 

    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

    Aug 2019
    Qld coalmine allowed to double its emissions without penalty - FoI
    Clean Energy regulator to crack down on compliance

    Latest auction achieves a derisory 0.0085% of required emissions cut
     

    June 2019
    Despite billions added, almost nothing achieved since 2017 

    May 2019
    Labor would redirect funds to clean energy
    Latitude granted to polluters could wipe out all gains to 2030 - Reputex

    Feb 2019
    ERF reborn as Climate Solutions Fund
    Vales Pt coal plant upgrade could get funded from ERF
     

    Nov 2018
    $24m of contracts cancelled for non-delivery 

    Oct 2018
    Businesses grow more sceptical of ERF 

    May 2018
    $1bn of DA spending wiped out in two years of land clearing ...
    ... and $m wasted on projects that would have happened anyway

    Mar 2018
    Even after raising, exceeded baselines drive "C price" to $18/t

    Dec 2017
    Review confirms doubts over effectiveness
    Nov 2017
    Big emitters exceeding caps, need to buy credits
    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'

    June 2019
    Wind turbine pulsing sometimes audible in homes up to 3.5km 

    Dec 2017 
    Waubra stripped of tax-deductible status

    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
    Katowice (COP24), Bonn (COP23), Marrakech (COP22), Paris (COP21) 

    Nov 2019
    Trump starts formal process to exit Paris accord 

    July 2019
    Russia to ratify Paris
    Outcomes from Bonn 2019
     

    June 2019
    Aus takes heat on weak climate action and targets
    UK summit in 2020 to concentrate on staying near 1.5C 

    Mar 2019
    Greens demand documents on carry-over Kyoto credits 

    Dec 2018
    Greens accuse Coalition of dodgy accounting on emissions
    In extra time, COP24 reaches consensus on rulebook
     ...
    ... but ambition still woefully weak
    Focus on just transition for coal communities

    27 countries lift ambition; not Aus

    Aus on track to exceed Paris commitment by 1bn tonnes

    Guterres seeks Xi's help to rescue talks

    Laughter and derision at US praise for fossil fuels
     ...
    ... but implicit endorsement by Australia
    US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait block climate progress

    State ministers spurn feeble Federal statement to COP24

    Aus won't raise 26-28% commitment

    Nov 2018
    Among G20, only India on course for Paris compliance

    Aug 2018
    Progress on Paris - fact check by Erwin Jackson 

    July 2018
    Judge finds UK gov't not in breach of Paris agreement 

    May 2018
    Poor progress at Bonn leads to retry in Bangkok 

    Feb 2018
    Countries may make trade contingent on adherence to Paris commitment 

    Dec 2017
    50 countries, regions and businesses commit to zero coal (but not Aus)

    Nov 2017
    Bonn made some progress, so much to do
    Paris target slipping from reach as China's power emissions rise again

    Trump contingent at Bonn booed, "like big tobacco at a cancer summit"

    US pro-action coalition seeks seat at Bonn

    Aus beats Syria to ignominy of Fossil Award

    Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris implementation

    Emissions set to exceed Paris deal by 30%, leading to 3
    °C warming 

    Oct 2017
    Paris agreement would require C-price of $100/t
     

    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 1.5°C 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"

    National Energy Guarantee (NEG)

    When Alan Finkel released his report, the Government backbench blocked any thought of a CET.   In October 2017, Malcolm Turnbull assembled an Energy Security Board (ESB)with a worryingly short deadline.  Later in October, they proposed a National Energy Guarantee (NEG).  Responses have been mixed, but it looks likely to frighten off renewables investment, pushing prices up in the longer term.

     
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    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 the utilities.  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.

    Note that there is no discrimination between power sources above the threshold. 

    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.

    Nov 2017
    Finkel takes swipe at continuing policy paralysis 

    Sep 2017

    Feds must adopt CET to avoid conflicting State schemes - Finkel
    Demand Response would obviate need for more plant - Energy Security Board

    Feds should "get out of the way" of providing energy security - Oliver Yates

    Aug 2017
    Turnbull waters down CET
    Top economists accept Finkel plan better than nothing
    ...
    ... but too weak for Paris accord

    July 2017
    SA, Qld, Vic, ACT seek to go without Feds on CET
    CET needs more ambition to cut emissions - Garnaut

    June 2017 
    AEMC rejects need for all generators to provide back-up...
    ... new AEMO head likewise unconvinced ...
    ... It's AEMO's call - Frydenberg
    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 (and other Aussie) Reefs

    July 2019
    Reef Authority defies Gov't, naming climate as biggest threat
    Amongst disaster, some parts of GBR thrive
     

    May 2019
    Warren Entsch only sees need to cut plastics
    PM claims to have saved the reef; Qld gov't furious

    Solar power drawing water from depths to cool reef

    Apr 2019
    GBR migrating South, but maybe not fast enough
    1.5C limit critical for reef survival - Marine Authority
     ...
    ... Tour operators join call for action
    GBR unable to regrow in such warm waters
     
    Bleaching hits Lord Howe Is., world's southernmost tropical reef

    Feb 2019
    Qld flood dumps vast muddy plume on reef
    Senate inquiry calls for return of the $444m
     

    Dec 2018
    Cairns heat smashes 100 year temperature record 

    Oct 2018
    NOAA predicts another mass bleaching 

    Aug 2018
    Turnbull falsely claims UNESCO put reef onto "watchlsist" under Labor
    Reefgate: $444m splurge threatens independence of public research
     ...
    ... CSIRO worried much will be wasted on overheads
    Half the reef is dead
     

    July 2018
    Tourism industry wakes up to Adani and climate change
    Bleaching to become normal - Climate Council

    Jun 2018
    WA's Ningaloo won't keep pace with sea level rise 

    May 2018
    Felling trees in catchment will wipe out reef rescue package 

    Apr 2018
    Feds' extra $500m for reef, none for climate change
    C'wealth funding for reef water quality cut $11m

    30% of corals died in 2016 heatwave
     

    Feb 2018
    The reef is fine, says The Oz, quoting climate-denying non-experts 

    Jan 2018
    Plastic bag ban will help 

    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

    Electric Vehicles 

    Nov 2019
    Uni of Adelaide team claim Zn-Mn battery at $10/kWh - Revolutionary if true - Ed
    Quarterly all-electric sales in EU double yoy

    For another month, Aus car sales fall but EVs thrive
     

    Oct 2019 
    Warming the battery may allow 300km range to be added in 10 minutes
    Fed Transport Minister displays incomprehension of EV and driverless future

    Chargefox soon to have 22 fast chargers from Adelaide to Brisbane
     ...
    ... while Evie plans 42 ultrafast at city fringes and every 150km between ...
    ... meanwhile, congestion already happens
    Wagga mayor combats EV doubters with Sydney road trip

    Smart solar inverter optimises EV charging

    Over 20 years, cumulative benefit of switch to EVs outweighs costs 4:1

    CSIRO trial of off-grid charging from solar in Dandenong

    Aus EV sales grow as overall car market falls 8% over 12 months

    UK drivers opt for older used cars as they wait for EVs to cheapen
    ACT bus trial finds EVs unreliable yet still the better option

    Sep 2019
    What suits you, a BEV or a PHEV?
    Tesla pushes towards 1.6m km battery life

    Aus EV sales double yoy as ICE sales slump
    ...
    ... and number of drivers considering EVs triples

    Aug 2019
    $50m ultra-fast charging network to link Eastern capitals 
    For corporate fleets, EV lifetime cost already matches ICE

    Aus EV sales must grow from 1% now to 50% by 2030 to hit 2050 Paris target

    Online calculator predicts time and cost of charging

    Light commercial EV marks restart of Aussie carmaking

    Aus consumer interest doubling year-on-year

    EU requirement for audible alarm to be copied in Aus

    EVs and PHEVs buck trend of declining Aus car sales: -7.7% yoy

    ACCC boss fails to consider health harm from petrol and Diesel
     

    Jul 2019
    Calif. and Colorado push hard for transition to EVs
    VW expects half of new cars in Aus to be EVs by 2030
    Mining dumper truck boasts 600kWh (4.5t) battery

    Flat chassis design reinvents the car

    EVs should be promoted to cut oil dependency

    Guide to buying en EV

    FAQ on battery charging
     ...
    ... and do you need 3-phase at home?
    How to take an EV outback

    Toyota to test Prius hybrid with 860W solar panels

    Nissan plans home battery role for your car in 2020
     ...
    ... as UK Grid operator sees cars as battery of the nation in 2050
    Tas puts up $0.5m towards fast charger network

    Electric cars won't ease congestion
    ...
    ... but electric bikes would
    Tesla M3 driven 2,781km in 24 hours in Germany
     [up to 160km/h on Autobahn - Ed]
    Four ultra-rapid chargers (+400km in 15 min) at a Melbourne airport

    Deal lets drivers use one charging network from Adelaide to Cairns

    In EU, that electric toothbrush your hear behind you is an EV

    Aus road toll would more than double if fossil fuel pollution included - report

    Jun 2019
    Utah trials charge-by-distance in voluntary road funding scheme
    A primer on EV charging (US) - Rocky Mountain Institute
     ...
    ... and one (Aus) from The Driven
    Battery recycling in Aus

    Luxury tax threshold on EVs suffers bracket creep

    Norwegian hydrogen refill station explodes

    Musk predicts Tesla with 650km range

    EV charging points rolling out from Bondi to Maroubra

    "EVs can't do Melbourne-Sydney" reaps Twitter storm from EV owners

    Electric Mini Cooper tows cargo plane 

    May 2019
    80% commercial vehicle sales to be EVs by 2040 - BNEF
    Cargo EV production planned in Adelaide

    Taylor repeats lie that EVs need 3-phase supply

    Caltex plans EV charge points
    EV as home storage? Maybe not yet
    Gottliebsen peddles myth about EVs causing blackouts
    Lifetime cost of EVs may match ICE in 2020 - BNEF [said so in Feb - Ed]
    Q&A on EV - ABC - [but 90% road damage done by HGVs - Ed]
    Dear PM, EVs can tow - ABC Fact check
    Brisbane's new EV charger: 200km range in 10 minutes
    Right wing media lap up Taylor's libels on renewables and EVs
    Qld EV fast charging innovator expands R&D

    April 2019
    Gupta's Aussie EV plans crystallise
    Accelerate EV uptake to improve quality of life - Australian Research Council

    New Lane Cove apartments to get 7kW EV charging as standard
    Tesla S&X range tops 500km; future battery to last a lifetime
    At Vic border, EVs can charge 200km in 8 minutes
    Your EV can be your domestic battery
    Fifty a day use free EV charging at Broadway
    Councils could save money with electric vehicles
    Luddite PM ignorant on EV capabilities - John Hewson
    EV owner demos its grunt
    EVs can aid grid and cut power bills - ARENA
    Lifetime cost of EVs to undercut petrol/Diesel by 2025
    Libs seemingly unaware of EV fast charging
    The EV FUD spread by right-wing commentators

    March 2019
    EV's route planner factors in charging points
    New car sales slump as drivers await cheaper EVs
    Asleep at the wheel: Coalition's EV strategy for release mid 2020

    Feb 2019
    PM's new climate policy is but old Direct (In)action writ small
    ...
    ... while the EV plan is a page of motherhood 
    Infrastructure Australia calls for national network of fast chargers for EVs

    Coalition's Electric Vehicle policy group did little, minuted less, over four years

    Jan 2019
    NSW Gov't finds $5m for EV charge points on highways and in commuter carparks

    Dec 2018
    Three Eastern Sydney councils sign up for EV kerbside charging stations

    Nov 2018
    New rules make it easier to import used EVs
    EVs: What's available in Aus, now or soon

    Oct 2018
    iPhone maps app to locate nearest EV charge station

    May 2018
    ACT to roll out 50 EV charging stations

    March 2018
    Why Ausgrid wants more solar, battery, EV - podcast

    Feb 2018
    Alan Finkel demolishes arguments against electric vehicles 

    Jan 2018
    Even in NSW, EV's already have less net emissions than petrol