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Complaints about ‘green crap’ have been a convenient excuse for governments unable or unwilling to intervene and cap suppliers’ pricesLast week, photographs of wind turbines were once again juxtaposed with headlines about rising energy prices. The cause on this occasion was no less pre-eminent a body than a Lords committee, comprising former chancellor Norman Lamont and other heavyweight peers
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2017-02-26 01:00:23
The president could spring a surprise with a carbon price, making renewables cheaper, US Republican warns Fossil fuel industries in Australia could be left behind by improvements in renewables and the possibility Donald Trump changes tack on a carbon tax, a former US Republican congressman has warned
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2017-02-22 01:24:28
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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
Sunday, February 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
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
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017      Leave a Comment
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A government plan to spur the construction of solar energy farms in Brazil is faltering because of high costs, strict rules requiring local components and low-priced competition from Chinese suppliers, say regulators and power sector executives.
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2017-01-31 17:57:52
Saturday, January 21st, 2017      Leave a Comment
Moixa trial at Oxspring to see if UK-made home batteries can store and use local solar power for longer, bypass National Grid and cut energy billsThe bungalows of Oxspring may look an unlikely testing ground for a new technology billed as a way to help renewable power, stymie energy price rises and aid the local power grid
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2017-01-21 02:00:30
Thursday, January 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Clean energy investment worldwide fell by 18 percent to $287.5 billion last year due to sharp falls in renewable technology prices and less spending on projects by large markets China and Japan, research showed on Thursday.
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2017-01-12 03:23:31
Monday, January 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Drought in Kenya means the African country will have to generate more of its electricity using diesel due to a fall in hydroelectric power, with the energy ministry predicting a rise in prices between now and March.
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2017-01-09 07:39:59
Monday, December 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
A third unit at Drax’s coal power station will switch to burning wood pellets after commission’s state aid investigation approves financial support The share price of Britain’s biggest power station operator has jumped to a five-month high after the European commission approved subsidies for its conversion to burn wood pellets instead of coal
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2016-12-19 07:34:05
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Australian Energy Market Commission report finds wholesale energy prices will rise 36% due to shutdown of brown coal-fired generator in VictoriaThe closure of Victoria’s Hazelwood coal-fired power station will add an average of $78 a year to energy bills around the country, a new analysis claims.South Australians will have $150 a year added to household bills, Victorian power bills will rise by $99, a typical New South Wales consumer will pay an extra $74 a year for their electricity, while Queenslanders will pay an extra $28, due to to the upcoming closure of Australia’s cheapest – and most polluting – power generator
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2016-12-13 15:50:27
Friday, December 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Friday reached a deal with eight of the 10 provinces to introduce a landmark national carbon price, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says will help Canada meet its international climate change obligations.
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2016-12-09 20:29:14
Thursday, December 8th, 2016      Leave a Comment
PARIS (Reuters) - German spot electricity price for next-day delivery rose on Thursday, lifted by a fall in renewable wind power production and increased export demand.
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2016-12-08 03:25:13
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016      Leave a Comment
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's government and 10 provinces are set to agree a national carbon price on Friday, doubling down on a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions just weeks before avowed climate change skeptic Donald Trump becomes U.S. President.
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2016-12-07 18:07:57
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Lobbyists dismayed by Coalition ruling out carbon trading, warning those fighting it ‘are going to get almost exactly the outcome they’re trying to prevent’Business and environment groups have expressed dismay at the federal government for scrapping consideration of an emissions intensity trading scheme in the electricity sector as part of its 2017 review of climate change policies, just a day after floating the possibility
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2016-12-07 02:20:34
Monday, December 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Emissions intensity scheme is the least costly way of reducing greenhouse gases, Energy Networks Australia and Csiro say Australia’s electricity and gas transmission industry is calling on the Turnbull government to implement a form of carbon trading in the national electricity market by 2022 and review the scope for economy-wide carbon pricing by 2027
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2016-12-05 13:00:31