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"Cleaner" Ultra-supercritical coal (USC)

Galilee Basin Coal (Adani etc.)

Coal Seam Gas

Emissions commitments: Bonn, Paris, Marrakech

National Energy Guarantee 

Finkel Energy Review 

Large Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET)

Direct Action

2013/2014 Carbon Tax 

SA's Grid's: price spikes and blackouts

Great Barrier Reef


Wind farm 'syndrome'

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NSW & ACT National  International 


    Jan 2018
    Market regulators complicit as generators rort the system
    270MW New England wind farm: commercial operation, community investors

    Wallarah-2 coalmine approved despite water supply risk

    In a universities world first, UNSW to go 100% renewable power

    ACT puts up another $3m for solar home batteries

    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
    January outlook: cooler than average in NSW, hotter in Vic and Tas
    Aus Post's Sydney parcel facility gets 2.1MW solar roof

    State's dependence on coal power risks "system black" in heatwave - report
    ... as fourth plant in a week fails without warning
    Port of Newcastle looks to diversify away from coal

    Solar train in Byron Bay

    When does a domestic battery save money?

    ARENA puts up $17m to commercialise Perovskite cells (Queanbeyan)

    Startup proposes 80MW solar farm for Tamworth

    AGL to replace Liddell with 1.6GW renewables plus gas and storage
    ... starting with 300MW solar at Balranald ...
    ... but do the numbers stack up?
    Is the house you want to buy at risk? (Saturday Extra interview)

    65m wind turbine blades trucked from Port Adelaide to Broken Hill
    250MW solar+battery for Balranald

    Coal power cost rising as subsidies dry up

    BoM predicts weakish La Niña is summer

    ATA offers households free, independent advice on solar and storage

    Nov 2017
    Canberra switches on 1MW distributed domestic storage, pays $1/kWh
    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 Diesel power

    600MW solar + battery storage for Inverell

    Charles Sturt Uni installs 1.77MW rooftop solar PV

    Goulburn residents to build 1.2MW solar farm

    Ausgrid looks to rooftop solar to cut network costs

    Oct 2017
    Next ACT target: boost uptake of EVs

    Special law allows coalmine to violate water safety

    Trial of 1MWh battery supporting grid

    Hunter coal dust mistaken for bushfire smoke

    600MW pumped hydro proposal for state's north

    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
    ACT extends battery scheme by $4m

    Wollongong coal mine threatens Sydney's water
    146MW solar farm proposed near Bathurst
    Enova to buy and sell rooftop PV power
    Experts concerned at risk from CSG plans in State's North
    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

    Community investment sought for 270MW Glen Innes wind farm
    ... maybe with 200MW solar, plus storage
    ACT trials electric buses

    Restricted Shenhua coal licence still puts farms at risk - experts

    NSW Premier warms to fast trains for NSW

    Blacktown to install smart poles for charging EVs
    Industry group slams draft safety standard banning home/garage batteries
    ... AEMC calls for new standards body for distributed energy market ...
    ... [September] Standards Australia agrees to review
    Direct health harm from coal power costs us (at least) 1.3c/kWh

    Mudgee coalmine approval challenged under emissions rule
    Wrist slaps for Whitehaven Coal's environmental breaches

    Electric bike to have 80km range
    Gov't-approved Springvale coal mine extension blocked by court...
    ... [October] so Gov't plans legislation to permit it

    July 2017

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

    Braidwood farmer no longer expects winter rains

    Rent EV charge point to/from your neighbours
    Can you guess which of four actions would help climate the most?

    Sydney freight node to slash truck emissions

    State buys back much of Shenhua coal licence
    Enova offers 16c/kWh solar feed-in

    Transport Minister opens eyes to folly of ever wider roads

    Byron Bay solar train a world first

    With solar on 17.7% of houses, NSW lags nation's 23.2% average
    Rent battery for your solar from 5c/kWh? ...
    ... Independent analysis of Sonnenflat deal

    June 2017
    Baseload outdated and overrated - Energy Minister
    Enova hits out at fossil fuel generators gaming the market

    RMS wants to widen Euston Rd to handle the extra traffic from ... WestConnex!

    $70m for trial of demand management to reduce peak
    Foley would mandate feed-in tariff

    IPART lifts feed-in tariff a touch more, but still optional
    Sydney apartment block shares solar and battery in minigrid
    Powershop seeks community energy projects needing support
    Falling costs and rising FiTs justify larger home PV systems - ATA
    Energy Storage Conference 2017 - report

    $200m accessibility upgrades for public transport
    How we ignore our daily climate impacts

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

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

    Our cities are 5°C hotter than surrounds

    Mullumbimby aims for 100% renewables by 2020

    Rooftop solar saved us nearly $900m in heatwave

    Sydney City plans 50% renewables by 2030

    Newcastle Uni's printed film PV rolls out on roof
    Mine rehab bonds inadequate - NSW Auditor General

    Apr 2017
    Mobile solar to challenge Diesel gen for temporary power
    Transport officials instructed to neglect public transport options

    Early off-grid attempt failed, looking to try again

    Mar 2017
    Home Energy Management system optimises solar/battery/hot water
    MoU signed for 70MW solar thermal proposal
    At Sydney Markets, shading cars adds 640kW solar
    Start-up offers Green Energy at 23c/kWh, PV feed-in at 10c/kWh
    ACT reaches 35% renewable power

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

    Climate Change made NSW heatwave twice as likely

    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
    Northern Rivers group plans solar+storage community bulk-buy

    Jan 2017
    How the Blockchain algorithm helps neighbours trade electricity
    2016 was warmest on record for Sydney - BoM 

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

    ACT launches Electric Transport plan

    Warm water drives fish south, destroying kelp forests
    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 metersNewcastle air pollution like smoking a cigarette a day- Doctors group

    Jan 2018
    "SA burning 80,000L Diesel/h to keep lights on" - Frydenberg..
    .. no Josh, they've run half an hour in testing, nothing in production

    SA rooftop solar saved grid $10m/day in heatwave

    Whyalla saviour now plans EV future for Holden plant

    Frydenberg overlooks (yet another) coal plant failure as cause of price spike
    ... with Tesla battery cashing in
    Coral bleaching starts early

    Climate Council's Report on record-breaking 2017

    1.25GW of 2017 PV installs sets new record

    800MW wind+200MW PV, maybe batteries too, mooted for Rockhampton

    On transpacific route, Qantas has most emissions per passenger-km

    NT tenders for 45MW grid battery

    20MWx1.7h battery for Vic wind farm

    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

    Gov't omits data showing we'll breach 2030 limit by 140mtCO2e
    ... Frydenberg owns up
    Electric plane flies Perth-Rottnest

    Vic signs up for 20MW battery supporting wind farm
    ... while Qld Green Power Hub may add 100MW battery
    Fewer than 1 in 5 approve Gov't's record on climate

    Dec 2017
    BHP threatens to withdraw from GW-denying industry bodies
    Vic: Stockyard Hill (530MW)
    Horsham (429MW) wind farms sign PPAs at a mere $55/MWh
    Snowy Hydro 2.0 estimate doubles to $4.5bn+; still viable?

    Export renewable energy as hydrogen? - ARENA grants $20m for research

    Govt's Climate Review shocker: emissions to rise to 2030 as safeguard loosened

    Vic regulator proposes 29c/kWh solar feed-in at peak times

    SA's big battery responded to Loy Yang outage 100x faster than official back-up
    ... but won't be rewarded under outdated AEMC rules
    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]
    AEMC admits renewables coming onstream will ease power prices

    SA Gov't power to be 80% renewables from 2018

    NW Qld couple build 5MW solar farm to get reliable power

    Hybrid Energy hub opens on Flinders Is.

    Coal power outages threaten summer supply

    Power prices drive corporate uptake of renewables

    $450m wasted on clean coal mirage - Audit office

    AER approves demand management incentive scheme
     [at last!]
    Origin commits to halve emissions by 2032
    Climate change figured in SW WA's 2016 frosts, but not Vic/NSW 2016 deluge

    Gov't puts up $30m for research on solar cell efficiency

    Policy uncertainty halts plan for 100,000 panels on commercial properties

    Wind Power in Australia - ISF report

    Construction starts on planned 1200MW wind/solar/battery hub at Kennedy, Qld

    Resisting energy transition like holding back the internet - AEMO CEO

    Australia's greenhouse emissions continue to rise

    Whyalla Steel's clean energy product gets retail licence
    Live graph of national supply and demand

    WA utility embraces "base-cost renewables"

    SA gets serious on solar farms

    Inverter makers add throttle feature to satisfy grid export caps

    Monthly rooftop PV installs set new record of 120MW

    Warmest Spring on record for Tasmania

    2GW offshore wind planned off Gippsland

    Fossil fuel power stations should pay solar for back-up
     - Australia Institute

    Nov 2017
    Happy Birthday? 30 years since our scientists warned us about climate
    Solar+wind+batteries+Diesel take Coober Pedy 80% renewables

    Plan to export 3GW renewable energy undersea to Jakarta

    APRA foreshadows regulation to ensure climate risks are assessed

    5-minute rule starts 2021, boosting batteries, CSP, demand management - AEMC
    ... "better late than never" - Alan Finkel
    Renewables pipeline leaves only 400MW needed for 2020 LRET

    SA regional councils collaborate on rooftop PV, batteries and efficiency
    NT has roadmap for 50% renewables by 2030

    Renewables to hit fossil parity in 2020 - Advisory group

    Mining lobby backs off demanding environmental groups stick to remediation
    ... Turnbull follows suit
    50MW solar+pumped hydro comes online in N Qld

    Darwin fighting to remain habitable

    ARENA offers $20m for 2nd Bass Link study
    ... and has up to $700m for storage projects
    White paper warns of climate conflict risk

    Molten silicon heat storage manufacturer in SA

    CEFC has $200m for solar, efficiency at shopping centres

    Wave power trial offers free energy for King Island

    Renewable energy construction jobs doubled to 7200 in 4 months in Qld

    Qlders would cough up more under LNP, One Nation policies
    ... and literally too
    Australia to be one of eight leaders in battery adoption - BNEF

    AGL extends P2P PV sharing trial in SA

    Another Vic coal station gives lie to supposed reliability

    Few complaints to National Wind Farm Commissioner

    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

    NAIF could fund cable to export solar power to Indonesia

    Australian climate policy better than .... Saudi Arabia's

    Australian insurers slow to dump fossil fuel risk
    CBA has dirtiest investments of Big Four
    ... but declares intent to run down coal funds
    Vic releases tender docs for renewables auction

    Qld Labor: 50% renewables by 2030, $50m to seed solar thermal+storage
    ... 250MW unsubsidised Townsville plant already proposed ...
    ... while Mackay cane growers block solar PV farm
    Rio Tinto quitting coal
    Snowy 2.0 to cost customers $160m/y  -analyst

    NRMA to roll out EV fast charger network

    Renewables next big thing for Aus industry - IEA

    Rooftop solar adding 100MW/month

    Another 300MW solar PV, 400MW battery for Port Augusta

    CSIRO invests $13.5m into making Aus a hydrogen exporter

    Engie moved $1bn out of Aus to avoid C-tax - Paradise Papers

    Power companies to pay farmers to quit grid during peaks

    How coal makes grid less reliable

    "Overambitious and costly" renewable energy target to be met early, cheaply

    BHP defends rights of environmental activists

    Qld labor would reintroduce land clearing laws

    Palaszczuk drops Adani loan support for fear of conflict of interest claim

    CEFC invested $2bn in renewables in 2016/17 FY

    New N Qld coal plant only viable at today's high power prices

    Oct 2017
    1GW of dispatchable renewables for Whyalla steel...
    ... plant in Sydney, Melbourne to follow... maybe aluminium too?
    A coal-based grid will make us uncompetitive in 2030 - Windlab CEO

    Finkel refutes claim of numerous new coal plant worldwide

    WA utility moves towards time-of-day power pricing

    Productivity commission advocates C-price

    Qld drives solar+batteries with no-interest loans and tenancy scheme

    Vic legislates 25% renewables by 2020, 40% by 2025
    AGL quit MCA over its promotion of coal, yet CSIRO still a member

    Latrobe Valley comfortable with loss of Hazelwood power station

    How rooftop solar cuts energy prices for all

    Yates (ex-CEFC) and Corbell (ex-ACT minister) launch renewables investment fund
    Business Council blasts abandonment of CET
    SA Libs propose $100m for household batteries
    NAIF loan for gas port fuels fears it's a fossil slush fund
    Politics only barrier to clean power - Climate Council Report
    ARENA, CEFC back recycling of car batteries for domestic storage

    Greens' storage policy: 20GW x 20h by 2030
     [over $40bn today if all battery - Ed]
    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
    Garnaut calls for emissions targets linked to cost of power

    Energy crisis prediction ignores massive renewables roll-out

    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"
    No plan for more coal power - PM

    Proposal to sell Broome PV power to Indonesia by cable
    Analysts warn: without CET, renewables boom will bust
    Token effort: Turnbull funds $8.5m of $29m Snowy Hydro 2.0 feasibility study

    CEFC, ARENA to advise Frydenberg on $110m for SA solar thermal plant
    Explainer - Port Augusta's solar thermal with storage
    Hybrid solar thermal and waste/methane power plant for SA

    AEMC backs down on taxing solar households

    New Qld suburb offers solar+batteries option

    CEFC lends $10m for low-power Internet of Things network
    ScoMo sees the light: more coal is not the cheap option
    1MW solar + 2hours' battery to halve Daly River's Diesel use

    Battery gigafactory for Darwin

    Climate change threat on a par with nuclear war - former Defence Force chief

    SA to test wind power as grid stabiliser

    SA trial turns excess renewables power into gas
    Power prices won't drop until the Distribution rort is fixed
    Emissions from fracking NT's MacArthur would dwarf Carmichael coal's
    Qld Resources Council denies lobbying to ignore climate threat to Reef

    CSIRO needs many more climate scientists - AAS report
    Tougher vehicle emissions limits would save Aussies $bns - report
    Welfare groups fooled into blaming solar for high power prices 

    July 2017
    Productivity Commission warns against political pressure on NAIF
    Qld claims world's longest EV superhighway
    New coal cutting power bills a myth - Energy Australia MD

    ARENA helps outback NT communities cut Diesel use by 1m l/y
    Blockchain-based 6MW solar microgrid for SA
    $5.8m to develop map of tidal power resources
    Torres Strait Islanders losing to rising seas
    Updating efficiency standards a little would save drivers money
    ... but Gov't backpedals in face of industry opposition

    Spike in Qld land clearing impacting reef - WWF
    Qld commits to net zero emissions by 2050

    Minerals Council's energy costings pure fantasy
    Gov't shies from reform of Petroleum Resource Rent Tax

    June 2017
    EV fast-charge network for WA
    AEMO report on grid's future: solar, storage, demand management and energy efficiency
    Don't confuse baseload with reliable
    96% of us want renewables as primary energy source - poll
    Citizenship test to screen out anyone anti-coal
    Health groups urge rapid coal phase-out

    Local Govt Assoc pushes for EV incentives
    Record hot days/year: pre-2000 there were 11; in 2000-2010, 20

    Rooftop PV shaved 7% from peak demand in WA

    Coal with CCS will never stack up - industry insider
    AEMC Draft Report on future of the grid (full draft here)
    Bizarre CSIRO report loaded to favour gas over renewables
    Qld plans 500km line to reach 2GW renewables potential

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

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

    Frydenberg wants CEFC to be allowed to fund coal with CCS ...
    ... having grossly overstated success of US pilot
    Vic Gov't scheme helps plastics co. save $100K/y with solar
    3/4 Australians agree we face catastrophic climate risk

    ARENA chips in $390,000 as industry group promotes EVs ...
    ... and puts up $20m to boost solar R&D
    Coal and gas power failed in Qld heatwave, driving price spike
    The Alice could be unlivable in our lifetime - Prof. Lowe

    Coalition's amnesia on Paris commitments
    Qld coal plant to become 42MW solar farm
    Vic Wind Farm PPA at ~$55/MWh, matching old coal

    Renewables to make up for loss of Hazelwood by 2020
    Vic finds renewables+storage cheaper than gas peaking
    Gas too late as stopgap, renewables already win - AGL

     Apr 2017

    Power could be zero carbon by 2050, C-price vital - ENA & CSIRO report
    Hewson rails against politicians who spurn the science
    Tassie as nation's power bank: pumped hydro and new Bass link - Turnbull...
    ... but it fails simple feasibility/cost analysis ...
    ... and would be undercut by ever cheaper batteries
    Industrial gas price crisis: solar thermal already cheaper for some

    Coalition senators expose their ignorance on wind power and the grid's needs
    New Qld homes with solar+battery as optional extra

    Mar 2017
    $110m in Federal concessional loans for thermal solar + salt storage in SA
    Domestic storage algorithm would help grid more by absorbing peaks and troughs
    Mismanaged solar+storage project a disaster in Coober Pedy 
    Wind power can improve grid stability - AEMO principal
    Uhlmann and The Oz lie: report did not say wind is limited to 20% of supply
    Experts express doubts on Snowy pumped hydro
    Business lobby calls for Emissions Intensity Scheme

    Solar+storage can provide most of emissions reduction at low cost - RepuTex
    Summer 2017: 205 records broken in 90 days
    Market failure: coal and gas plant not providing presumed grid security 
    AEMO sees wind and solar as contributing to grid security
    States with greater renewables growth had lower price increases
    Fugitive methane emissions inadequately assessed

    Feb 2017
    Vic solar feed-in tariff jumps to 11.3c/kWh
    The Oz
    ' war on renewables

    Vic legislates for net zero emissions by 2050
    No technical barrier to 10% renewables grid - CSIRO
    Coal industry diverted tax concession for research into lobbying funds
    Energy Australia declares renewables will hold down prices
    HCF divests from fossil fuels on health grounds
    Report from Climate Council on Extreme Weather
    Climate Change contributing to SA's violent weather - BoM expert

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


    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


    SA grid's August price spike 

    Sep 2017
    Musk's big battery halfway there
    Aug 2017
    Glencore coal exec misrepresents purpose of big battery plan
    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

    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 -
    ... and 100MW battery a cheaper, quicker solution than more gas
    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" 


    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

    Jan 2018
    Trade Minister Ciobo exploring financing Adani through EFIC
    UN environment chief warns against new coal mines

    Rail line loan might still be made via Aurizon

    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 
    Fresh court challenge based on risk to Barrier Reef...
    ... would have little impact - Greg Hunt

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

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

    Feb 2016
    $30m coal rail investments written off
    Adani seeks costs after failed legal challenge
    Adani considers solar power investment in suffering mining town
    Qld gov't gives final environmental approval...
    ... but Minister says more checks to pass...
    ... and Adani suspends work pending price rebound Jan 2016
    Adani "probably forgot" to mention director's foul record
    34% drop in Indian coal imports buries Galilee mine - IEEFA
    Dec 2015
    Hunt approves sea grass-destroying coal terminal expansion
    Adani mine unlikely to be viable - IEA
    Qld land court rejects Coast & Country's environmental challenge
    Nov 2015
    Coal quality would be barely better than Indian domestic - fact check
    Adani Australia boss oversaw disastrous African copper mine..
    .. a connection missed by approval process
    Oct 2015
    New court challenge: Hunt ignored GHG impact on reef
    Adani trying to tap Northern Infrastructure taxpayer funds
    Falling price of solar in India erodes Adani mine business case
    Hunt reapproves Carmichael mine, rail link
    Bid to stop Alpha mine escalated to Supreme Court
    Sep 2015
    Feds still support Adani's Carmichael mine..
    ... despite fossil fuel divestment reaching $2.6trn
    Business case deteriorates further - IEEFA
    NAB, LG walk away
    Aug 2015
    Adani's history of schmoozing Oz pollies
    Adani going cold on Carmichael?
    Standard Chartered latest bank to dump mine
    Law change could backfire - legal experts
    ... Gov't's pro-coal / anti-wind double-standard
    ... Abbott sees Greens under the beds - Waleed Aly
    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
    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 -
    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
    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'

    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
    Despite experts and evidence, Leyonhjelm sure wind farms hurt health
    Bob Day demented by infrasound...
    ... but farmer has no complaints
    Still no evidence for infrasound harm from wind farms - acoustics experts 
    Nimmitabel farmer endorses wind farms, no complaints
    Chook farmer pokes fun at claims wind farms harm egg production
    Appalling, shoddy anti-wind study makes The Oz' front page
    SA court overturns rejection of wind farm; antis' evidence "not credible"
    Another NHMRC study finds inadequate evidence around wind farm health issues
    AMA blames wind turbine syndrome on scare tactics
    Only evidence for wind farm health harm is weak - NHMRC
    "Houses abandoned near wind farms" a myth
    Wind farm noise does you good - if you expect it to
    Complaints of night-time wind farm noise - while it was not operating
    Waubra citizens sick of anti-wind group using their name
    Wind farm critic's accounts stretch credulity
    SA study: wind farms only harm your health if you expect them to
    Anti-wind farm lobby makes people sick - study
    Wind farms have boosted rural economy $4b
  • SA EPA finds wind farm infrasound far less than many common sources

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

    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 

    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 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.


    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
    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


    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 
    $200,000 buyback of CSG licences planned 
    CSG fracking affecting bore water extraction 
    CSG industry exaggerates job creation tenfold 

    "Cleaner" coal

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

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

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

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

    Great Barrier Reef

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

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

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

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

    Feb 2017
    Bleaching is the new normal - GBRMPA

    Jan 2017
    Neil Oliver raises alarm in Coast 

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

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

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

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

    Oct 2016
    Nearly 90% coral died in Northern GBR regions 

    Sep 2016
    Weakened coral falls prey to Crown of Thorns

    $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