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Malcolm Turnbull says technology ‘mature and cost-effective’ as Australian Renewable Energy Agency grant announcedThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped hydro energy storage project off South Australia as the state’s energy mix continues to cause a political storm
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2017-02-20 21:01:09
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The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states has found itself with the improbable status of being a national leader in a wind energy boomLiving in New York and Washington, Greg Wortham heard all the grand talk about green energy from liberal politicians. Then he returned to the place where he grew up, a small town that embraced wind power so warmly that within a couple of years of the first turbine turning, it had some of the biggest farms on the planet
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2017-02-20 02:01:32
Prime minister agrees his personal 14.5kW system on the roof of his Sydney home, with battery storage, is a ‘large array’Malcolm Turnbull has hit back at suggestions that his house’s large personal rooftop solar and battery system sends a message contrary to the government’s endorsement of “clean coal”
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2017-02-19 22:31:43
Climate change threatens the financial system and companies should no longer view it as a future problem, regulator warnsAustralia’s financial regulator has warned that climate change poses a material risk to the entire financial system, and has urged companies to start adapting.Geoff Summerhayes, from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, says it is unsafe for companies to ignore the risks of climate change just because there is some uncertainty, or “even some controversy”, about the policy outlook
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2017-02-17 01:24:29
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One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issueThe government has clearly decided that electricity prices is its key message for the next three years – and as a result the prime minister has ensured the policy debate will be biased towards climate change denial and will continue to treat Australians as idiots
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2017-02-15 18:29:45
Use of solar panels by the side of tracks to provide power to electric trains could make sense given match-up between peak generation and demandHow can we connect solar photovoltaics (PV) directly to railways to power electric trains? That’s the question my charity 10:10 and researchers at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab are trying to answer
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2017-02-15 01:00:05
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‘They are going to get a surprise and I am worried about them,’ says Catherine Tanna, joining push for transition to renewablesThe boss of one of Australia’s largest energy suppliers says she is worried about customers’ power bills after the latest heatwave in the country’s south-east.Energy Australia’s managing director, Catherine Tanna, has joined the push for a transition to newer forms of energy, saying bipartisanship is needed to draw up a national energy policy
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2017-02-13 18:54:06
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A number of creative technologies aim to increase access to clean water in developing countries. We asked two experts to assess some of themThe global water crisis has many causes, requiring many different solutions. As 1.2 billion people live in areas of water scarcity, these solutions must span policy, technology, and behaviour change to make a real difference
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2017-02-13 03:51:35
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Labor has denied it wanted a preference deal with One Nation after Pauline Hanson tells parliament the Queensland state Labor secretary approached the party. Follow it live...
6.55am GMT Thanks to the brains trust including Gareth Hutchens, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp and Mike Bowers. Tomorrow is another day so join us for #politicslive for all the news from the party rooms
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2017-02-13 01:04:51
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Coalition statements blaming the blackouts that hit South Australia last year on wind power were made despite official advice that storms were the causeMalcolm Turnbull’s decision to link last year’s blackout in South Australia to the state’s high renewable energy target was made directly against confidential public service advice
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2017-02-12 16:30:37
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RenewableUK chief says windfarms could offer cheaper prices than rates government agreed with new nuclear power stations Offshore windfarms could provide cheaper power than Britain’s new wave of nuclear power stations, a leading figure in the wind industry has claimed.Speaking to the the Guardian, Hugh McNeal, the chief executive of trade body RenewableUK, said he expected that offshore windfarms would secure a deal with the government lower than the £92
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2017-02-12 07:30:13
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There’s a long list of blame and shame for Australia’s threadbare climate and energy policy, but Turnbull’s party takes the cakeWatching politics builds a high tolerance for hypocrisy and humbug, but even I am aghast at the Coalition’s antics this week – fondling a lump of coal in parliament while accusing the opposition of an “ideological approach to energy” and negligence in policy planning
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2017-02-10 16:50:05
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Federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation says coal ‘seriously challenged’ as a commercial investmentThe Clean Energy Finance Corporation has said it is “very unlikely” it would invest in new coal-fired generators and poured cold water on the federal government’s push to support “clean coal” technology
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2017-02-09 21:47:38
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Once it’s completed in 2018, the NSW site will produce enough electricity to power 137,000 housesAfter years in planning, construction on the Silverton windfarm in western New South Wales is finally set to begin after the sale of the project from AGL to its Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF)
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2017-02-09 17:43:03
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Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewablesRenewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels
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2017-02-08 23:00:13