Renewable Energy

The cutting edge: Victoria’s emissions reduction strategy

With great fanfare the Victorian government has launched its Climate Change Strategy, a year later than required by legislation (the government granted itself a sick-note as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last year). The strategy confirmed Victoria’s interim targets for 2025 (28-33 per cent below 2005 levels) and 2030 (45-50 per cent) on 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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Walking a political tightrope

The impending closure of the Yallourn power station poses a major reliability problem for Victoria. After Hazelwood in 2017, it will be the second of the state’s four giant brown coal generators to close. That’s the withdrawal of more than 3000 megawatts of dispatchable generation, and the emissions that go with them. Victorian Energy Minister …

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greenest of them all?

The WA Liberals’ bold energy and climate policy platform has enlivened what was looking to be a fairly run-of-the-mill state election. Given we are still in the middle of the COVID crisis, voters are expected to stick with what they know and re-elect the McGowan Labor government. In its four years, the McGowan government has …

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Renewable target slowed by constraints: regulator

The pace of renewables growth in Australia is being slowed by delays in getting new generation connected and increased curtailment of existing generation due to grid constraints. The Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) December 2019 quarterly report has downgraded renewables output for 2020 to between 35,000 and 37,000 GWh as the pace of new renewable investment …

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