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We arrived at this moment thanks to a series of policy decisions under previous governments – state and federal - that left Australia’s energy system unable to cope with the demands placed on it.
We already have most technologies Australia needs to make the clean energy transition. What’s missing is a plan to deploy them at huge scale.
Some Australian states have committed to 100% renewable energy targets, or even 200% renewable energy targets. But this doesn’t mean their electricity is, or will be, emissions free.
Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of South Australia’s electricity supplies. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis – so how did it happen?
Large scale wind farms are driving Australia’s renewable energy generation.
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Australia is installing renewable energy at more than ten times the global average. This is excellent news, but raises serious questions about integrating this electricity into our grids.
Wind energy has played a major role in Australia’s fulfilment of the renewable energy target.
The federal government this week heralded Australia’s renewable energy performance. But the outlook leaves little cause for celebration.
Voters in Nevada voted to boost their state’s renewable energy target.
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But many new governors and members of Congress intend to take action on climate change.
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather.
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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.
No money for new coal - and no change to the current situation for renewables, despite the treasurer’s claims.
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Scott Morrison’s budget speech held no surprises on energy, after months of debate over the National Energy Guarantee. The real news comes in July with the release of a crucial ACCC report on power prices.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said South Australia’s high electricity prices were “the consequence” of Jay Weatherill’s renewable energy policies. Is that right?
New SA Premier Steven Marshall looks set to scrap the state’s renewable energy target.
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The end of Jay Weatherill’s government has removed a significant obstacle to progress on the federal National Energy Guarantee – even though we don’t yet know what the full policy will look like.
The European Investment Bank’s funding of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline will harm the climate and makes little financial sense.
Still no clear skies for the federal government’s energy plans.
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As federal and state energy ministers gather to discuss the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee, many of the finer details of the modelling are not yet available.
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As the Clean Energy Target fades away, perhaps a Dispatchable Reliable Energy Target will be innocuous enough to pass the Liberal party room and the Senate.
Has the political sun started shining on Jay Weatherill?
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What a year it’s been for fans of energy politics. And 12 months after the blackout, the policy heat is still being generated.
The Victorian government is aiming to boost renewable energy to 40%.
Victoria’s plan to legislate its own renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 shows how states are increasingly taking the energy policy reins away from the federal government.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas.
Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What’s more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Enough blue-sky thinking: economists back the emissions policy that Alan Finkel has put on the table.
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A panel of leading economists has given its majority verdict on Alan Finkel’s proposed Clean Energy Target: it may not be the best possible emissions policy, but we should get on with it anyway.
Over a period in which the Australian economy saw around 600,000 additional people get jobs, employment in the renewables sector has been going backwards.
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Estimates released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that the number of direct full-time equivalent jobs in renewable energy activities has continued to fall from its 2011-12 peak.
Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.