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Renewables gathering pace

The Clean Energy Regulator has provided its monthly update on renewables progress in Australia. An anaemic 3MW of new accredited projects in September appears to be a temporary lull likely affected by COVID constraints on construction and similar activities. In the two prospective categories of “committed and “probable”. Committed projects are defined as those that …

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Capital punishment

One of the key reforms arising from the Finkel review was the introduction of the integrated system plan (ISP). By mapping out some plausible scenarios for changes in electricity use and the generation mix over the next few decades, the market operator (AEMO) was able to identify a business case for several large scale transmission …

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A tale of two coal plants

This morning’s news showed the contrasting fortunes of two of the NEM’s coal plant owners. While Trevor St Baker’s Delta was celebrating the Morrison government’s largesse in supporting an upgrade of his Vales Point coal plant in NSW, the AGL Board was nursing a black eye from a shareholder resolution to accelerate the closure of …

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It’s a gas gas gas

The latest in a series of reports from Australia’s peak gas industry bodies makes the case for low and zero carbon gas playing a key role in decarbonising the Australian energy sector. The gas collective commissioned Frontier Economics to model three ways to decarbonise: full electrification; renewable fuels (hydrogen and biogas) and zero-carbon fuels (as …

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Carbon capture update

https://www.iea-coal.org/blogs/mothballed-petra-nova-has-already-proved-its-worth/The IEA’s latest report on carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is timely for Australia with the technology being announced last week as one of the five priorities under the Morrison government’s Technology Roadmap. The report shows that CCUS is glass-half-empty or glass-half-full depending on your perspective. On the positive side, new projects are being …

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Roadmap to nowhere?

The Coalition continues to walk the tightrope of looking like it doesn’t care about emissions reduction to parts of its base while looking like it does to the rest of the country. The latest iteration of this two-faced policy is the technology investment roadmap. This document does the usual dance that governments do when they …

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Green paper Groundhog Day

While last week’s headlines were on the Federal government’s grandstanding around the replacement of Liddell, the NSW productivity commission has been quietly putting together a set of recommendations for the state’s energy sector. Its green paper looks at productivity opportunities right across the economy, and includes an energy section alongside education, transport, water, transport and …

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A Cleanish Energy Finance Corporation and an Australian Something Energy Agency?

In a busy energy policy week for the federal government, the  Prime Minister today announced several new “buckets” of funding for a range of potentially emissions-reducing initiatives. These include a handful of funds targeted at specific activity, such as Technology Co-Investment Fund ($95m), Carbon Capture Use and Storage Development Fund ($50m), Future Fuels Fund ($74m), …

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Promise or threat? PM’s intervention in NSW electricity market

Prime Minister Morrison is today expected to unveil a new set of policies aimed at improving energy security and centred around natural gas. These include ambitions to supersize an existing gas hub at Wallumbilla in Queensland in order to facilitate greater liquidity in gas trading, with hopes that Wallumbilla can emulate the US’s Henry Hub …

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