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The quiet surrender on climate

The climate wars are finally over. Not with a bang, but a whimper. The Coalition is now moonwalking towards installing some of the basic climate and energy policy architecture they mostly railed against for the past decade. Resistance is finally giving way to quiet acceptance. The trick is to make it look like they always

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Down the middle

The Grattan institute’s latest report Go For Net Zero, attempts to find a middle path between competing visions of the future electricity sector. On the one hand are certain Coalition politicians, who still believe that because Australia is largely powered by coal today, it must be best to keep powering it with coal into the

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ACT renewables: bragging today, paying tomorrow

The ACT Government has been boasting for years about its renewables credentials, describing itself as “a nation-leader” in renewable energy, and by others as the first major jurisdiction in the world to move to 100 per cent renewable energy. The ACT legislated a net 100 per cent renewable energy target in 2016, committing to purchase

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Slow burn – eastern Australia gas projections

The latest Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO)  for eastern Australia indicates sufficient gas to meet demand provided LNG imports can commence by winter of 2023. This is when existing production from Longford in Victoria (which takes gas from several offshore fields) takes a nosedive. Even then shortages will emerge by around 2026 unless there is additional

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Time for a little solar PV parenting

Rooftop solar has been the runaway consumer success story of the decarbonising electricity market. More than 2.6 million  households have stuck solar panels on their rooftops, with a combined capacity of more than 13,000 megawatts smeared across suburban Australia. The rampant popularity of rooftop solar has also created major technical and equity problems. Solar PV

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AGL: its not me, it’s you

Rumours are rife that Australia’s largest electricity company AGL is about to break up with itself. Next Tuesday AGL CEO Brett Redman is expected to announce a green re-invention of the company, selling off or de-merging some of its highest emissions coal generators to re-focus the company on the rapid decarbonisation anticipated over the next

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