Carbon Economy


How to fix Australia’s endless energy crisis with a pen

After years of energy war from the Coalition that has included: backing emissions trading; trashing emissions trading; backing renewable energy targets; trashing renewable energy targets; backing direct action; trashing direct action; backing the Chief Scientist; trashing the Chief Scientist; backing a National Energy Guarantee; trashing a National Energy Guarantee. Today we get the new vision from


Every single day the gas cartel reaches into your wallet

Via The Australian: In documents submitted to the Victorian government this week, AGL said it wanted the Crib Point import terminal, 65km southeast of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, operating in the first half of 2020. “Victoria, and the other states – South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania – that rely heavily on gas


Gas cartel agrees to pump but at what price?

Or so says The Australian: Energy producers on Australia’s east coast may escape the threat of government intervention after signalling the extension of a deal to offer uncontracted gas for domestic use before export, and agreeing to make gas available at peak demand periods for the power grid. Following meetings in Canberra yesterday, gas players


VIC Labor embraces household battery revolution

Via The Age: Victorian homeowners will be paid nearly $5000 towards the cost of household solar batteries by a re-elected Andrews government in the latest move aimed at making the state Australia’s leader in domestic-scale renewable energy. The latest promise of subsidies for small-scale renewable energy will see households who already have solar panels able


Gas cartel a clear and present danger to every government

The AFR is upset about the death of the NEG: Labor will take the National Energy Guarantee or something similar to the next federal election as business and industry clamoured for certainty and new data showed power prices had jumped since the NEG was scrapped. It is understandable that markets would bid up electricity futures


Liveras maintains gas rage

Via Gottiboff comes Andrew Liveras: Liveris accepts as a given that Australia wants to reduce its emissions and to honour its gas exports contracts. If it doesn’t honour those contracts it will do great long-term harm to the nation. …Liveris plan starts with the requirement that New South Wales needs to exploit its gas and


Global LNG export contracts are broken all of the time

From The Australian comes AGL: Australia’s largest power generator, AGL Energy, has warned Victoria faces gas shortages in the early 2020s as supplies from Queensland dry up, with the problem to be made worse should Labor introduce a price trigger to limit export volumes and free up domestic supplies. …“As we move into the 2020s,


Gas directly responsible for power price spikes

Here it is from the ACCC: Importantly, the ACCC isolated gas prices as a very particular influencer of power bills. “Another major factor in wholesale prices has been the significant shortages in competitively priced gas at a time when gas-powered generation would often be the logical source of replacement for lost coal-fired capacity. Gas prices


Should Australia have nuclear power?

Random dudes think so, at The Australian: Electricity bills will soar and gas and coal-fired power stations will close if the share of wind and solar generation increases dramat­ically, engineers have warned after analysing the nation’s ­energy supply. The analysis casts doubt on Labor’s claim that a 50 per cent renewable energy target — the


Reserve gas or Australia dies

The campaign against gas reservation has begun at the AFR. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher: …Australia relies on foreign investment, but sovereign risk is rising fast. In a low-risk country, governments recognise that contracts between commercial parties must be honoured and not broken by governments favouring one party over another. In a low-risk country, governments do


Finally Canberra smashes gas cartel cone of silence

At The Conversation we find joyful (24 hours late for you guys): Bill Shorten will turn the energy spotlight onto gas on Monday, proposing measures Labor says will put downward pressure on prices for manufacturers and power generators and so benefit jobs and households. A Labor government would introduce a permanent gas export control trigger


EU trade sanctions on climate only the first

Via Domainfax on the Coalition’s climate change self-flagellation: …The policy ructions did not go unnoticed at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade in Brussels, where the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, Helena König, faced angry questions from the floor over Australia’s commitment to climate action. …In a video of this


The Greens’ urban infill utopia will make our cities hotter

By Leith van Onselen The Victorian Greens are at it again, warning that the ‘urban heat island effect’ risks costing vulnerable Melbournians their lives this summer and calling for mitigating policy action: Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam said in her time at Moreland council, the heat island effect was a significant issue for her and her colleagues.


Turnbull the Younger: Fix gas to end energy wars

Via the ABC: Malcolm Turnbull’s son has lashed out at vested interests in the Queensland coal mining industry, who he says are exerting undue influence over the Liberal Party’s energy policy. Alex Turnbull, who describes himself as a keen environmentalist, studied economics at Harvard and runs a private hedge fund in Singapore. Before leaving Australia


Turnbull’s final climate victory

Via Domainfax: Alex Turnbull blamed “rent-seekers” backing the coal industry for felling his father Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, saying it’s “impossible” to vote for the Liberal-National coalition “in good conscience” because of its climate stance. “He was snookered,” Mr Turnbull said of his father’s fate. “You don’t know how hard he worked on this


Malcolm Turnbull’s energy failure turns fatal

As a PM, if you let your country get eaten alive by rent-seekers’ devouring the fundamentals of your civilisation then you deserve everything that you get. This is the sad and sorry truth now confronting Australia’s worst ever PM, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull. The Turnbull Government has been staggeringly slow to recognise the wreckage of the energy


Andrew Liveras humiliates Turnbull’s energy mess

At The Australian today: Malcolm Turnbull will try to head off the potential resignation of several ministers over the national ­energy guarantee with a promise to rebel MPs that the three big ­energy companies will be targeted for market manipulation and ­deliberately inflating power prices through secret contracts. However, senior ministers have told The Australian this would not


Victoria is right to kill the NEG

On both sides. From The Australian: Federal government ministers are coming under pressure from ­colleagues to resign over the nat­ional energy guarantee in a ­counter-campaign by rebel backbenchers that risks further eroding Malcolm Turnbull’s authority as his attempts to win the support of wavering Coalition MPs ­appeared to be failing. As the Prime Minister held


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 does Josh want Pauline to set climate policy?

NEG propaganda is now as widespread as climate change itself, at The Australian: The Australian Energy Market Operator could be forced to intervene more often to prevent blackouts in Victoria, as energy users warn of extra costs in excess of $300 million if Labor states veto the national energy guarantee. Large energy users across the