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australia’s first offshore wind farm bill was a long time coming, but here are 4 reasons it’s not up to scratch yet

Australia’s first offshore wind farm bill was a long time coming, but here are...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock After years of waiting, the federal government finally introduced Australia’s first offshore electricity legislation in parliament yesterday. The bill will establish a regulatory framework for the offshore wind industry, paving the way for more...
wind turbines off the coast could help australia become an energy superpower, research findsimage

Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds

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  Image: Shutterstock Offshore wind farms are an increasingly common sight overseas. But Australia has neglected the technology, despite the ample wind gusts buffeting much of our coastline. New research released today confirms Australia’s offshore wind resources...
a ‘100% renewables’ target might not mean what you think it means. an energy expert explains

A ‘100% renewables’ target might not mean what you think it means. An energy...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock In the global effort to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, achieving a “100% renewables” electricity system is considered ideal. Some Australian states have committed to 100% renewable energy targets, or even 200%...
wondering if your energy company takes climate change seriously? a new report reveals the answer

Wondering if your energy company takes climate change seriously? A new report reveals the...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock A landmark report released last week put coal and gas on notice. For the first time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 means no new investments in fossil fuel supply projects. For...
paying australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet

Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Australian governments are busy designing the nation’s transition to a clean energy future. Unfortunately, in a misguided effort to ensure electricity supplies remain affordable and reliable, governments are considering a move that...
labor proposes discounts for electric cars and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

Labor proposes discounts for electric cars and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

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 Picture: Darren England/AAP   Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in modest initiatives costing $400 million over several years. The announcement,...
now they want to charge households for exporting solar electricity to the grid — it’ll send the system backwards

Now they want to charge households for exporting solar electricity to the grid —...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock It’s come to this. The Australian Energy Markets Commission has produced a draft decision that will make households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid. It suggests an...
electricity has become a jigsaw. coal is unable to provide the missing pieces

Electricity has become a jigsaw. Coal is unable to provide the missing pieces

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 Image: Bohbeh/Shutterstock There’s something the energy minister said when they announced the early closure of Victoria’s second-biggest coal-fired power station last week that was less than complete. Yallourn, in the Latrobe Valley, provides up to 20% of Victoria’s...
against the odds, south australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. how on earth did they do it?

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was...
the us jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving australia in the dust

The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust

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 Image: Shuttlestock The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the...