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Back to the Future with “clean coal”
“Clean coal” was once a marketing term introduced by the coal industry to refer to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. But with CCS still expensive and with questionable viability, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Government Ministers this month expanded the definition to include new coal plants with a slightly lower emissions profile than the ones built decades ago.
15 Feb, 2017
Energy Storage Leadership Series kicks off in Melbourne
Speakers from Tesla and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will head up the first event of the Australian Energy Storage Leadership Series in Melbourne next week, lifting the lid on the state of play for the hotly-anticipated storage revolution.
15 Feb, 2017
Joint statement: No room for partisan politics in energy
Representatives of Australian communities, including civil society, households, workers, investors, business energy users and energy suppliers today challenged all political leaders to stop partisan antics and work together to reform Australia’s energy systems and markets to deliver the reliable, affordable and clean energy that is critical to wellbeing, employment and prosperity.
13 Feb, 2017
New renewable energy projects point to biggest year for industry since Snowy Hydro
More than 20 major renewable energy projects are already under construction or will start this year, delivering an unprecedented program of works which will create almost 3000 direct jobs and generate more than $5 billion of investment, according to new analysis from the Clean Energy Council released today.
11 Feb, 2017
Political finger pointing won't solve national energy problems
Petty finger pointing will not solve Australia’s energy challenges, the Clean Energy Council said today following a disappointing week in which politicians showed they were more interested in point-scoring rather than working together for the good of the country.
10 Feb, 2017
Stable energy policy crucial to unlock investment in new energy generation
Investors will welcome a stated shift away from ‘ideology’ in Australia’s energy future, but will be concerned about the political battlelines being drawn between the major parties on key elements of energy policy, the Clean Energy Council said following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s address to the National Press Club today.
01 Feb, 2017
New Chair to bring leadership and fresh thinking to clean energy sector
The Clean Energy Council Board has appointed Rachel Watson as the organisation’s new Chair, who brings more than a decade of industry leadership and experience with Pacific Hydro to the role at a time of great momentum for the sector.
31 Jan, 2017
Industry welcomes government commitment to Renewable Energy Target
The renewable energy industry has welcomed today’s comments from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, re-stating the Federal Government’s commitment to the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) following calls by some backbenchers to scrap the policy.
30 Jan, 2017
ERM Power falls short on renewable energy obligations
Customers of ERM Power will be disappointed to learn that their electricity retailer has chosen to pay a penalty rather than support the development of renewable energy in Australia, the Clean Energy Council said today.
24 Jan, 2017
Solar tram plan brings community along for the ride
The Victorian Government will run a tender to help build a new large-scale solar plant in a regional area of the state, with part of the electricity used to run Melbourne’s tram network.
19 Jan, 2017
Queensland to improve feed-in payments to solar households
The Queensland Government has announced modest but welcome improvements to its approach toward feed-in tariffs for the state’s solar households.
20 Dec, 2016
NSW wind guidelines will bring certainty for community and new investment
The release today of the New South Wales wind farm guidelines gives overdue clarity to the community and the wind industry about development in the state, driving enhanced community engagement and support that will help deliver increased investment and jobs, the Clean Energy Council said.
19 Dec, 2016
2017 series of national forums to lead energy storage in Australia
A series of Clean Energy Council forums across the country in 2017 will explore the huge potential and various challenges of energy storage, and continue preparations for the once-in-a-generation transformation of the Australian energy sector that storage will deliver.
15 Dec, 2016
Ministers make the right moves on national energy reform
State and federal Energy Ministers have made steady and important progress on a number of specific reforms, with improved collaboration a welcome feature of today’s meeting of the COAG Energy Council, the Clean Energy Council said.
14 Dec, 2016
Energy reform is urgent to avert systemic crises
Representatives of Australia's communities, households, business energy users and energy suppliers today called on the Commonwealth Government, the States and all other stakeholders to support reform of Australia's energy systems and markets to ensure reliability and affordability as we decarbonise the energy system.
13 Dec, 2016