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As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather. Leonard Low/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

New coal doesn’t stack up – just look at Queensland’s renewable energy numbers

There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.
Tony Abbott will be cycling through the Latrobe valley when the 30th Newspoll is released on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Coal fires Tony Abbott’s pre-Newspoll play

Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.
The new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

The federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual

The federal government's keenly awaited review of Australia's climate policies continues a longstanding bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area.
The new energy policy could potentially function to preserve black coal’s place in the energy mix. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Will the National Energy Guarantee hit pause on renewables?

The National Energy Guarantee proposal seems geared towards locking in the status quo rather than driving the much-needed energy transition.
Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

How the National Energy Guarantee could work better than a clean energy target

The new policy will put the onus on electricity retailers to cut emissions while guaranteeing reliability. And while the scheme isn't perfect, it offers a rare opportunity for bipartisanship.

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