Carbon Economy


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.


Any royal commission into power must include gas

Via The Australian: Malcolm Turnbull is facing pressure from both sides of politics to establish a royal commission into retail electricity pricing, with the Greens to table a bill for a wide-ranging inquiry amid a push by Coalition backbenchers for the Prime Minister to launch an ­investigation into the conduct of power companies. The Greens


Gas cartel carbon tax drives Aussie households into battery boom

Via AFR: Last year the combined power of batteries installed by Australia’s 1.8 million solar rooftop homes and businesses and grid batteries such as Tesla and Neoen Australia’s 100 megawatt Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia was 246 MW, a report by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says, citing the Greentech report. That was well ahead of Germany and


How can China stimulate as it slows?

For some time now I have been describing China’s “impossible trinity”, the difficulty it faces in managing capital flows, currency value and interest rates as the US Fed tightens while it slows. Goldman today mulls what its options are: In the past week we met with investors in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and the tone remains


Throw out the NEG

It’s a strange row that we hoe on energy. Via the AFR: Renewable energy generated nearly 19 per cent of national grid power in the year to June 30 and is on track to meet the Turnbull government’s emissions target without the National Energy Guarantee, a new report says. New wind and solar generation being


Tony Abbott is doing a great job of saving the Coalition

Via the AFR: Tony Abbott has called for Australia to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and torpedo the National Energy Guarantee, prompting some conservative colleagues to label the former prime minister an increasingly sad and isolated figure. Mr Abbott, who as Prime Minister in 2015 committed Australia to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 26-28


Nats demand $5bn coal pork

Via The Australian: The Nationals have drawn up a set of demands for Malcolm Turnbull, headlined by the creation of a fund of up to $5 billion that would deliver government money for new baseload generators, including coal-fired power. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was charged with raising a set of “discussion points” directly with


Tesla pitches a tent and the market rips it down

Disrupting an industry as monolithic and conservative as passenger cars was always going to be a hard proposition, but for Elon Musk and Tesla its been easy to predict the constant bad press and naysayers. Musk famously predicted that Tesla would start pumping out more than 5000 Model 3 cars each week by the end


Suddenly the NEG is a big, fat coal subsidy

Emissions trajectories are out of control, via The Guardian: Australia’s emissions over the past year were again the highest on record when unreliable data from land use and forestry sectors are excluded, according to new data from NDEVR Environmental. If the country’s greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, Australia will miss its Paris


Why the states should trash the NEG

From pathological liar, Josh Frydenberg today: When the Coalition came to government in 2013, it was bequeathed an energy mess. Retail prices had doubled, having increased each and every year, the renewable energy target had ballooned to 45,000 gigawatt hours and we were saddled with the destructive carbon tax. Since then we abolished the carbon


Oil market’s OPEC scenarios

by Chris Becker It’s crunch time for the oil cartel as they attempt again to shore up their own individual fiscal black holes by fiddling with the supply/demand curve of black gold. Both Brent and WTI crude prices rallied throughout the latter half of 2017 before a correction in early May this year. WTI: Brent:


Ironically, Abbott is right to kill the NEG

Via The Guardian: The former prime minister Tony Abbott has flagged crossing the floor to oppose the national energy guarantee, joining fellow conservative Craig Kelly, who telegraphed a similar threat three weeks ago in an interview with Guardian Australia. Conservative critics of the policy are attempting to ratchet up internal pressure on the energy minister,


NEG destroys Australia’s Paris carbon targets

Via Domainfax: States and territories that slash greenhouse gas emissions will likely do the heavy lifting while others would be allowed to do less under the Turnbull government’s update of its signature energy plan. Energy analysts raised concerns about the latest updated National Energy Guarantee, with one describing it as a “Frankenstein’s monster” rather than


Straya still the global carbon glutton

Via Domainfax: Cuts in power sector emissions are unlikely to be maintained, while those from the transport sector will continue to climb in the absence of mandatory standards, according to analysis by The Australia Institute. “From now on … electricity emissions will fall much more slowly” if not remain flat, Hugh Saddler, an energy analyst


Twiggy Forrest’s east coast gas play will dramatically raise prices

Andrew Forrest’s new east coast gas play is just another disastrous chapter in Australia’s gas monstrosity. Via AFR today: AIE is the sponsor of not one of but three separate plans to import LNG for sale into domestic gas markets. Forrest has involved himself though his privately owned energy play, Squadron Energy. He was introduced


Why won’t Adani die?

By Leith van Onselen It’s a question I have often pondered. 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


Coaliton wedges self as energy loons take over asylum

It’s all bodice ripping, hair pulling and hysteria now, at The Australian: Craig Kelly, backed by Tony Abbott, called for the competition watchdog to be given new powers that would make it “crystal clear” that closing down a essential service utility when there were “other options”, such as selling to another player, was anti-competitive behaviour.