OREAC: 1.4 TW of Offshore Wind by 2050 Achievable

OREAC: 1.4 TW of Offshore Wind by 2050 Achievable

1,400 GW of offshore wind globally by 2050 is entirely achievable considering the resource potential, technology innovation, and government appetite to position offshore wind at the centre of the global energy transition, the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition (OREAC) said.

Coalition tips $68.5m into ‘Reliable Affordable’ clean energy research centre

Coalition tips $68.5m into ‘Reliable Affordable’ clean energy research centre

The federal government has provided additional funding to support collaboration between researchers and industry to accelerate the adoption of new low emissions technologies that can help boost energy productivity, lower prices and improve energy system reliability.

Conservative push for nuclear power will drive a wedge into the Coalition

Conservative push for nuclear power will drive a wedge into the Coalition

The cost of the only reactor under construction in Finland has nearly quadrupled and now stands at A$17.7 billion.A December 2019 report by CSIRO and the Australian Energy Market Operator finds that construction costs for nuclear reactors are 2‒8 times higher than costs for wind or solar.

Department officials walk back Coalition coal funding promises, say no decisions made

Department officials walk back Coalition coal funding promises, say no decisions made

Department officials confirmed that no due diligence has been undertaken into the ability of Shine Energy to undertake the construction and operation of a new coal-fired power station and that such an assessment would only be undertaken once the company had provided a response to the grant guidelines.“The guidelines have not been made public yet, they’re currently with the proponent and the proponent, Shine Energy, will be developing their application and assessed against the guidelines,” a department spokesperson said.

Queensland energy minister “deeply concerned” over Coalition plans for new coal generator

Queensland energy minister “deeply concerned” over Coalition plans for new coal generator

Queensland energy and resources minister Anthony Lynham has written to his federal counterpart, Angus Taylor, detailing his concerns about the grant given to pursue a feasibility study for the proposed 1GW plant in Collinsville, and the potential impacts it could have on the Queensland energy system and on jobs at existing generators.

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight

Newly appointed federal resources minister Keith Pitt, meanwhile, described the decision as “extremely disappointing,” and particularly hard for South Australia, but stressed that the Coalition would continue to encourage the development of Australia’s offshore fossil fuel resources – and that the Bight was still open for business.“The Bight remains one of Australia’s frontier basins and any proposals for new oil and gas fields in this area will be assessed daily and independently,” Pitt said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morrison recycles old tactics in bid to avoid zero emissions targets

Morrison recycles old tactics in bid to avoid zero emissions targets

Speculation that the Morrison government would adopt a ‘technology investment target’ is a clear outcome of the ongoing conflict within the Coalition over climate change policy, which remains as divided as ever over Australia’s long-term emissions reduction targets.

Coalition energy policy void could reverse wind and solar price gains

Coalition energy policy void could reverse wind and solar price gains

In its own report this week, RepuTex confirmed that investment decline, which it said was expected to continue, thus putting pressure on continued falls in wholesale electricity prices, particularly as major coal-fired facilities begin to close.“Record levels of utility-scale solar and wind investment is leading to large-volumes of renewables entering the NEM , however the pace of investment is slowing”, said Harper.

Morrison questions importance of global climate treaties, to treat symptoms of climate change

Morrison questions importance of global climate treaties, to treat symptoms of climate change

Despite dedicating a substantial portion of his speech speaking about the Coalition government’s need to work to adapt and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change, Morrison offered no new commitments from the governments in terms of policy or funding.

Know your NEM: Soft demand keeps prices low, Coalition’s bad gas play

Know your NEM: Soft demand keeps prices low, Coalition’s bad gas play

If the new transmission link to South Australia had been built instead of remaining in the approval process while the AER considers its revenue requirements, Tomago may not have needed to constrain its output and in general NSW risk would be reduced.

Lawsuit against UNC claims coal plant could pose health risks to community

Lawsuit against UNC claims coal plant could pose health risks to community

Sophomore sociology and environmental studies major Gabriela Duncan works with the North Carolina Reinvest Coalition, a group of UNC System students who advocate for the divestment of university endowment funds from fossil fuel-related investments.

Austria conservatives agree coalition with Greens

Austria conservatives agree coalition with Greens

Sebastian Kurz's People's Party had been in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party until a scandal toppled the government in May. The People's Party came top in a snap September election, but have only now agreed a deal with the Greens.

More wind turbines for Barnaby, as White Rock gets approval to double capacity

More wind turbines for Barnaby, as White Rock gets approval to double capacity

Christmas has come early for federal Coalition MP Barnaby Joyce, with Goldwind Australia winning approval to more than double the capacity of the 175MW White Rock wind farm in Joyce’s New South Wales electorate of New England.

Coalition’s zero for climate policy is well earned. All it’s done is cook the books

Coalition’s zero for climate policy is well earned. All it’s done is cook the books

It shows that the Coalition has achieved nothing on emissions reductions, and the Morrison Government is effectively reliant on a “cooking of the books” of excess carbon credits to meet its modest 2030 target.

Testing underway for Australia’s first offshore wind farm

Testing underway for Australia’s first offshore wind farm

And with tests set to get underway, developers are hoping the minister and others within the federal Coalition will be more open-minded about an offshore wind project – particularly considering the amount of jobs and economic activity it has been forecast to generate in the region.

Coalition’s carbon market plans at risk from low quality “grey” credits

Coalition’s carbon market plans at risk from low quality “grey” credits

Despite recent price gains, the government’s proposal to allow large-emitting facilities covered by the Safeguard Mechanism to be credited for emissions reductions below their baselines may represent a risk to long-term carbon value.

Coalition returns to climate denial roots as Morrison dodges UN summit

Coalition returns to climate denial roots as Morrison dodges UN summit

And just in case you thought that might not have been the official view, the federal minister for water and natural disasters, David Littleproud fell back to the old climate denial refuge of ‘the climate is always changing’ and that he doesn’t know, or apparently care, if humans are driving dangerous global warming.

Victoria solar “mess” continues, as Coalition push for inquiry falls flat

Victoria solar “mess” continues, as Coalition push for inquiry falls flat

D’Ambrosio in complete denial about the growing range of problems her Solar Homes program has created for the industry, a Parliamentary inquiry would have allowed business owners and those working in the solar industry to tell their stories and demonstrate to the government why an urgent review of the policy is needed,” Smith said.

Victoria wind farm rejected by VCAT over proximity to airstrip

Victoria wind farm rejected by VCAT over proximity to airstrip

The 12-turbine Naroghid Wind Farm, which was acquired by Alinta Energy in 2017, has had a rocky history since it was first conceived in 2004, including falling foul of the controversial 2km setback rule introduced by the former state Coalition government.

North Carolina anti-wind bill would freeze development, devastate industry, say critics

North Carolina anti-wind bill would freeze development, devastate industry, say critics

If passed, S.B. 377 would present a devastating blow to the wind industry in North Carolina, Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, told Utility Dive.

Taylor gets energy and emissions portfolio, Price dumped from environment

Taylor gets energy and emissions portfolio, Price dumped from environment

In unveiling his new ministry and cabinet after the Coalition’s surprise re-election on May 18, Morrison also punted the much criticised Melissa Price from the environment portfolio, naming instead Sussan Ley, a minister in both the Abbott and Tunbull government who had to resign from the front-bench following investigations into her travel expenses and entitlements.

Environment markets suffer as Coalition win kills emissions, renewable targets

Environment markets suffer as Coalition win kills emissions, renewable targets

The first tangible impact from the surprise re-election of the Morrison Coalition government has been a direct hit on environmental markets, where the price of renewable energy certificates and Australian carbon credits (yes, we do already have a carbon market) both fell.

Denial and confusion live on, as energy hopes turn to states and AEMO

Denial and confusion live on, as energy hopes turn to states and AEMO

That same sense of emptiness – like a deflated balloon – was experienced across the country, at least for the one half of the population that didn’t want the Coalition to retain power, and for those in the energy and the electric vehicle sectors who had assumed that they would finally have a government happy to shift policies to embrace the 21st century.

Election Wrap: Morrison set to win majority as Labor leadership and Senate up for grabs

Election Wrap: Morrison set to win majority as Labor leadership and Senate up for grabs

As of Monday morning, the Australian Electoral Commission is showing the Coalition ahead in a total of 77 seats, which would put Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a position to be returned with an outright majority.

Election Night Update: Abbott booted out, climate and energy policy sits on a knife-edge

Election Night Update: Abbott booted out, climate and energy policy sits on a knife-edge

There have been significant wins, with the ousting of conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott being the standout, but the Coalition looks to have gained more ground in Queensland and Tasmania than it has lost in the rest of the country.

The real world versus the Coalition’s scare campaign

The real world versus the Coalition’s scare campaign

Origin indicated that the going contract price for new wind and solar projects in financial year 2018 was half what BAEconomics estimates for 2030 – between $45 and $65 per megawatt-hour.

South Australia’s experience contradicts Coalition emissions scare campaign

South Australia’s experience contradicts Coalition emissions scare campaign

SA has already moved substantially towards Labor’s 2030 target by generating 50% of electricity from renewables and proven its ability to deal with heatwaves that caused mass blackouts in Victoria earlier this year – without breaking the bank.

Why the Coalition can’t be trusted on climate and energy

Why the Coalition can’t be trusted on climate and energy

Energy minister Angus Taylor, a long term anti-wind activist, spent the first few months of his tenure saying there was already too much wind and solar in the system, before then also trying to claim credit for them through a policy that he and the Coalition tried to destroy.

Coalition anti dumping decision to cause rooftop solar costs to rise

Coalition anti dumping decision to cause rooftop solar costs to rise

According to solar industry calculations, however, this will push up the price of solar mounting systems by up to 20 per cent, which will in turn raised the overall costs of installing a PV system by 1-2 per cent.

Labor to remove Coalition’s “climate fig leaf”, push funds to clean energy

Labor to remove Coalition’s “climate fig leaf”, push funds to clean energy

The Federal Labor Party has released its budget costings ahead of the 2019 election, promising to deliver bigger budget surpluses and revealing that it will abolish the Coalition’s re-badged “Climate Solutions Fund” and redirect funds to new clean energy initiatives.