Carbon Economy


Aussie energy future born in Whyalla

It may come as a shock but the former One Steel/Arrium dog is now the birthplace of the Australian energy future, via the AFR: British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta expects to begin construction of the Cultana solar energy project which encompasses 780,000 solar panels near the revived Whyalla steelworks early in 2019 as part of a broader $1.37


NEG plus coal will also lift power prices

Via the AFR: The Turnbull government is fast-tracking a policy to underwrite a new coal-fired power station as it seeks to win the support of wavering conservative MPs for the National Energy Guarantee at Tuesday’s Coalition party room meeting. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims, who recommended the government underwrite new dispatchable power


Why power prices will double in the next five years

Via Peter Hannam: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the Queensland Media Club a month ago that his “obsession” was cutting energy bills. Climate barely got a look-in, even in a state seared by a multi-year drought that is spreading south to occupy all of NSW and is encroaching on northern Victoria. Brisbane itself was in


NEG “an ineffective and expensive band-aid”

By Leith van Onselen The Australia Institute’s (TAI) Climate & Energy Program has released updated analysis assessing the value and effectiveness of the current NEG using figures from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The Analysis presents several scenarios showing much larger emission reductions and levels of renewable energy generation under the National Electricity Market


Professor Ian Lowe: Mass immigration is a mass environment killer

By Leith van Onselen Back in March, Dr Jonathan Sobels – a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia and the author of a key 2010 report prepared for the Department of Immigration entitled Long-term physical implications of net overseas migration: Australia in 2050 – gave a brilliant incisive interview on ABC’s Radio


Musk looking to privatise Tesla

by Chris Becker Elon Musk has “surprised” the market by laying out a tentative plan to privatise the currently publicly listed Tesla electric car/solar energy company with a $420 per share price offer. Shares lifted nearly 11% to finish at just below $380 per share in response, following a similar surge after the Q2 earnings


Why the NEG is unlikely to lower power prices

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The final design document for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), released this week, contains a range of claims about the policy’s ability to drive down both greenhouse emissions and electricity prices. But still there is precious little detail on how exactly these assertions are backed up. Specifically, two claims in the


Tesla shorts ram into a wall

by Chris Becker Long term Macrobusiness readers have grown savvy to the underlying ideologies that imbibe the media narrative. Domainfax pushes property, The Australian raison de etre is to kill Labor, The Smage and Guardian espouse the faux left empty shrillness. The AFR says business is awesome. You won’t believe what says, click here


Coalition errupts in civil war over NEG

By Leith van Onselen First the company tax cuts. Now the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has divided the Turnbull Government, with various Coalition MPs slamming the policy. Here’s Tony Abbott: Tony Abbott has attacked the final design of Malcolm Turnbull’s signature energy policy, labelling claims it will reduce prices as “wrong” and “completely implausible”. The


The lunacy of gas imports exposed

Via The Australian: Fresh gas shortages on Australia’s east coast could emerge from mid-2019 — two years sooner than official forecasts — due to a sharp decline in Victorian offshore gas production piling renewed pressure on domestic prices, a private firm fronted by former BHP executives has warned. Venice Energy, the Mitsubishi-backed venture that aims


Pauline to kill NEG

Sometimes you have to look on in a kind of reverse awe, via The Australian: Key Senate crossbenchers Pauline Hanson and David Leyon­hjelm have warned Malcolm Turnbull they could sink his ­national energy guarantee if he is forced to rely on independent support to secure his signature ­energy reform. The One Nation Leader said yesterday


Labor right to trash NEG

Via The Australian: Federal Labor has condemned Malcolm Turnbull’s national ­energy guarantee, declaring its “pathetic’’ emissions cuts will ­stifle renewable energy investment, threatening to extend a decade-long policy deadlock that has sent electricity prices soaring. Labor hardened its position on the NEG yesterday as the government offered an olive branch to wavering states, pledging a


NEG gets marginally less stupid

Via The Guardian: Josh Frydenberg has offered an olive branch on the national energy guarantee, telling state energy ministers the emissions reduction target can be reviewed after five years – stepping back from an ambit claim that it be locked in for a decade. The concession is flagged in a commonwealth paper circulated to the states late


NEG collapses into fossil fuel farce

Via Reneweconomy: Barely a week after submissions closed on the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee, a “decisions” paper of the controversial policy proposal has been delivered to state and territory governments, ahead of the crucial August 10 COAG Energy Council meeting. The 39-page Energy Security Board document has been distributed and a copy obtained


Gupta: Renewables cheaper than coal

Via The Guardian: The British billionaire who rescued the Whyalla steelworks from administration and is spending more than $2bn on clean energy and green steel developments in regional South Australia says most Australians are yet to grasp that solar power is now a cheaper option than new coal-fired electricity. Sanjeev Gupta, an industrialist whose family-owned GFG Alliance group of companies


How Snowy Hydro storage works

Via Westpac: As investor and energy industry interest runs high in Snowy Hydro’s big expansion plans, Chief Executive Paul Broad predicts greater reliability and lower electricity prices. As the balance of Australia’s energy generation moves inexorably towards renewable sources, battery storage is becoming critical. By its nature, renewable energy from wind and solar sources is


Trash the NEG

Via The Guardian: A national energy guarantee with a more ambitious emissions reduction target of 45% by 2030 would lead to power prices falling over the life of the scheme in contrast to the Turnbull government’s proposal, according to new modelling. With the Neg bound for a make-or-break meeting in August, the new number crunching


Industry, unions, experts condemn NEG

Via The Australian: “Although the technology is evolving, batteries are not ready for widespread grid-scale application for extended periods and pumped hydro is not available in all areas,” Dow’s Australian president, Louis Vega, said in its submission to the Energy Security Board. “Similarly, there is insufficient demand response to offset rapid changes in supply. To


Adani white elephant ‘almost locked in’, says son

By Leith van Onselen With the Turnbull Government confirming that the Adani Carmichael coal mine will not receive NAIF funding, Australia’s largest rail freight company – Aurizon – stating that it will withdraw its application for a federal government loan to build the rail corridor, as well as deep public opposition, the project should have


AEMO confirms the end of coal

Via Reneweconomy: The Australian Energy Market Operator, in a ground-breaking study, has confirmed that the cheapest and smartest replacement for the country’s ageing coal capacity will be in solar, wind and storage technologies. In the long awaited release of its Integrated System Plan, AEMO says much of Australia’s coal capacity will retired by 2040 because


Industry exposes the idiocy of the NEG

Via the AFR: Big business, energy companies industry groups have called on the Turnbull government to allow future governments to be able to adjust the emissions reduction target more often than every five years to ensure Australia meets its international climate targets. With the Energy Security Board finalising the design of the National Energy Guarantee


GetUp and Greenpeace right to trash the NEG

Via The Guardian: The Queensland and Victorian governments will be hit with a new television advertising campaign in an effort to persuade them to torpedo the national energy guarantee at a critical meeting in early August. The activist group GetUp has combined with Greenpeace to bankroll what it describes as hard-hitting television advertisements targeting the


ACCC energy idiocy exposed

From Bartho today: It is a measure of the complexity of the issues, the scale and number of the deficiencies and the difficulty of responding to them that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s inquiry into energy affordability has come up with 56 recommendations. It is also a pointer to the convoluted nature of our


Three-quarters of cafes in on migrant wages scam

Via The Guardian: Businesses have been forced to pay back almost half a million dollars to 616 workers following Fair Work ombudsman audits of the hospitality industry in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that found 72% of businesses had breached workplace laws. Fair Work inspectors visited 243 businesses on Victoria Street in Melbourne’s Richmond, Glebe Point Road


Battery power tipping point approaching fast

The shoe is on the other foot for a change with a Chinese company (recently listed Contemporary Amperex Technology – the world’s largest EV battery manufacturer) announcing a new factory in Germany yesterday. From Bloomberg: CATL and the state of Thueringia in central Germany Monday announced a plan to build a 16-gigawatt lithium-ion plant close to


Why would anyone listen to ACCC advice on energy?

The ACCC is breathing fire, via The Australian: The competition watchdog has called for radical reform of the ­National Electricity Market to bring down prices, claiming the gouging of households and business consumers has reached an “unacceptable” level with widespread abuse of market power by the larger energy companies. Recommending the most significant shake-up of


Macquarie calls out Twiggy gas gouge

I’ve been a lone voice on this as usual but no more. Via The Australian: A spat over gas prices has erupted between the Andrew Forrest-backed consortium planning to build Australia’s first import facility and Santos as concerns grow that the domestic producer may be forced to shelve its controversial Narrabri project in gas-starved NSW.