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Fossil fuel climate claims

“Why is it so hard to have a rational debate about energy use and climate change?” was the plaintive cry of Whitehaven Coal’s CEO Paul Flynn in The Australian this week. Well, one reason might be that his industry along with the oil sector has spent decades obfuscating the issue. What’s more remarkable is that

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Talk is cheap, green aluminium is not (yet)

Australia’s largest electricity user, the Tomago aluminium smelter in NSW, says it won’t be renewing its coal fired electricity contract with AGL after 2028 because it will be switching to renewables to power the smelter. This is the same Tomago smelter that had been leaning on AGL and the Federal Government to extend the life

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Hydrogen is GO!

The clean energy transition is being driven as much by brand as policy. Some businesses are voluntarily reducing their own emissions to protect their reputations and make good with stakeholders and investors. Companies eyeing off green hydrogen as a possible future zero emissions fuel want to make sure that they’re getting the good stuff. Where

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Awash in green cash

Europe has now issued more than USD500 billion in green bonds, a tsunami of investment cash, some of it heading into a wind or solar farm near you. Green or climate bonds are the same as conventional bonds: financial instruments issued by governments, banks and companies to raise money which is then invested in climate-related

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The Big Switch: from energy-only to capacity

In the world of electricity market nerds the Ford vs Holden debate of the past decade has been about how you pay for the electricity generated. This has come down to two different models: energy-only market design and capacity markets. Energy-only markets are for the purists: they pay generators only for the electricity they dispatch

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China tensions won’t derail UK nuclear plan

Rising global tensions in the South China Sea have led the UK Government to consider cutting China out of multi-billion dollar plans to develop new giant nuclear power stations in Britain. The arrival of a British carrier group in the South China Sea reflects a physical escalation in the UK’s rejection of China’s claims over

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