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  • Solar energy | Business Spectator
    energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Solar energy Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments China s new flirt with mega solar Could an ambitious 1000 MW solar project in China s stark western region signify a resurgence for the global PV market or will it fail the financing step by Emily Aitken 11 31am January 09 1 comment Aust hits 2 million solar Nation hits new mark as falling costs and RET incentive make solar and heat pumps more and more affordable 10 26am January 09 8 comments The evolution of Australian solar businesses The last 10 years has seen rapid change and competitive growth in Australia s PV industry and no doubt businesses will need to continue to innovate to ensure survival by Nigel Morris 12 12pm January 08 1 comment Small scale solar PV market trends in 2013 Aside from Japan and Europe only the US and Australia provided any appreciable levels of demand to the small scale segment during 2013 by Finlay Colville 11 42am January 07 1 comment Beijing pledges further support for solar industry Ministry pledges to support consolidation in the industry back off grid and battery technologies 12 28pm January 06 Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs Analyst sees prices for key solar PV input rising to highest level for last two years 11 54am January 06 Rising silicon prices to push up solar costs Analyst sees prices for key solar PV input rising to highest level for last two years 11 54am January 06 Solar cheaper than gas US court Minnesota court becomes first in US to rule unsubsidised solar more cost effective than natural gas 11 41am January 06 Data centre array to offer green cloud NextDC launches solar power service via Melbourne data centre PV system 11 04am December 20 PV rating regime unveiled Institute sets out volunteer guidelines for solar

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  • Wind power | Business Spectator
    into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Wind power Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments Why not do it again Abbott PM lends support to talk of another turbine health review as South Australian baulks at plan 11 27am January 10 3 comments EPA seeks feedback on Granville Harbour wind farm Public comment sought on 33 turbine west coast Tasmania wind farm development 11 02am January 10 EPA seeks feedback on Granville Harbour wind farm Public comment sought on 33 turbine west coast Tasmania wind farm development 11 02am January 10 Castlemaine community wind farm site to change Community group examining other sites for six turbine farm after concerns expressed by neighbours 10 45am January 10 Negative spin Europe s amazing electricity prices Europe s fierce storms have sent wind turbines wild pumping power into the continent s grid and driving electricity prices into negative territory by Karolin Schaps Vera Eckert 9 12am January 10 5 comments Pinning down the real money in a wind war Victorian and federal government ministers are launching another investigation into wind power and health Will this expose the Waubra Foundation s claim government departments are denying a wind health link for financial gain Or does it reflect more on the money and power of the foundation s board by Tristan Edis 9 24am January 09 12 comments Abbott govt plans turbine health probe Dutton and Victorian minister set path for another infrasound study 9 30am January 08 12 comments TrustPower redraws SA wind farm Palmer site undergoes alterations in wake of community feedback 10 09am January 07 Crudine Ridge wind project facing battle Criticisms

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  • CleanTech | Business Spectator
    energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu CleanTech Field narrows for brown coal cash grants Further detail revealed on 90m brown coal technology grant program 11 49am January 07 2 comments ARENA funds 530k for liquid battery Investment to help CSIRO and Boulder Ionics to commercialise ionic liquid production method 11 44am November 20 VIDEO Siemens Energy CTO on the energy revolution In this video interview with Siemens Energy Chief Technology Officer he enthusiastically outlines how a range of technologies including energy storage LED lighting solar more efficient homes computing power smart grids CCS and wind can lower our carbon footprint while enriching our lives by Tristan Edis 2 03pm November 19 4 comments Compressed air gives storage a lift Developments in utility scale compressed air storage are set to deal a blow to doubts about wind and solar s ability to significantly contribute to national grids by Tina Casey 4 32pm September 25 7 comments Sparks fly in a smooth Chevy encounter Easy on the ears but with some super acceleration the iconic American carmaker has produced a shining addition to the EV market by Silvio Marcacci 11 35am September 20 1 comment Setting the standard for Australian EVs Mitsubishi Nissan Holden and Tesla offer electric cars in the Australian market with more on the way Yet we remain without a uniform charging plug by Thomas Bräunl 8 06am September 16 Renault Bollore to team up for EV push Iconic French carmaker to team with battery specialist Bollore push into electric car market 12 22pm September 12 EVs to star at Frankfurt show BMW s first ever electric vehicle to headline climate conscious models in Germany 3 42pm September 11 All eyes on Australia s carbon storage surge Australia is set to become the home of the world s largest carbon capture facility potentially creating the template for the rest of the world by John Kemp 12 00pm September 11 5 comments Poland to pursue tech solution to climate Coal reliant nation s PM says emissions reduction lies in renewables innovation

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  • Science & Environment | Business Spectator
    political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Science Environment Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 10 12 comments A soil carbon troppo dream An Australian think tank headed by retired military types including a former Howard government governor general has offered an alluring vision for the Coalition irrigate the north and solve carbon emissions Pity it won t work by Ben Rose 10 03am January 10 20 comments 2014 may be even hotter Predictions of a return of El Nino could see Australia break record again 10 05am January 09 Australia s hottest year mostly warm eleswhere Australia produced its warmest year yet despite no El Niño while elsewhere a worldwide record was set for November amid an above average year by Blair Trewin David Jones Karl Braganza Neil Plummer Rob Smalley 10 59am January 06 7 comments ANZ Bank is blowing the carbon budget ANZ s board are exposing shareholders and depositors to a very risky business by lending money to coal projects Approvals by Australian state governments won t save them from global concern to act on climate change by Ian Lowe 11 22am December 20 12 comments China s polar expansion to include climate focus Nation to expand scientific presence in Antarctica with new research bases 10 45am December 20 A green army missing the point Australia has long grappled with the challenge of creating a conservation industry to restore the landscape The Coalition s latest incarnation is unlikely to be effective by David Hudson 9 56am December 20 2 comments Beyond the ice A nation s slow motion loss From covering 10 per cent of the country s land mass glaciers may just be ice museums atop Iceland s highest peaks by as early as the mid 2100s by Cheryl Katz 8 32am December 20 1 comment Slaying the poor s grubby golden goose Coal power stations are responsible for around 60 per cent of all emissions yet have dragged billions out of poverty How do we

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  • Green Deals | Business Spectator
    per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Green Deals Field narrows for brown coal cash grants Further detail revealed on 90m brown coal technology grant program 11 49am January 07 2 comments Pacific Hydro to appoint new CEO Renewables provider to replace long serving chief Rob Grant in new year 11 50am October 10 Geodynamics in KUth Energy bid Hot rocks developer buys smaller player with assets in Australia Vanuatu 8 33am September 19 AGL ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid Report says trio will be among shortlist to make initial bid for state power utility 10 20am September 06 AGL ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid Report says trio will be among shortlist to make initial bid for state power utility 10 19am September 06 Geodynamics optimistic after writedown Geothermal energy producer optimistic on power source despite 88m Cooper Basin impairment 4 26pm September 03 US car share firm raises funding Local Motion raises 6 million adds Steven Sinofsky to board 7 43am August 29 100 renewables The King Island example The array of clean energy trials conducted down in King Island are showing the potential for a 100 per cent renewables future by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 37am August 09 4 comments GREEN DEALS CBD gridlock CBD Energy has seen a merger with Westinghouse Solar go up in smoke but it has more pressing issues Elsewhere AGL nears a big solar announcement Geodynamics toasts a good news month and King Island hits 100 renewables by Daniel Palmer 8 53am July 26 GREEN DEALS Sunshine State s solar statement The Sunshine Coast unveils plans for a major solar development geothermal group Petratherm moves into shale CBD Energy shareholders have a nervous wait and a new NSW wind farm seeks planning approval by Daniel Palmer 10 41am July 19 3 comments GREEN DEALS Silverton stoppage Silverton wind farm decision delayed a year CBD has a big announcement ahead Dyesol reaches a new solar record the Royalla solar farm could double in size and what s the thinking behind the CEFC s Macarthur loan by Daniel Palmer 10 35am July 12 2 comments GREEN DEALS King win The King Island wind farm moves to the feasibility study stage Silex takes a big stride forward in Mildura and there s progress at a couple of wind farms in New South Wales by Daniel Palmer 10 41am June 25 GREEN DEALS Yallourn s rain check Heavy rain has once again impacted the Yallourn coal mine the first CEFC investment may have been identified Waterloo

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  • Policy & Politics | Business Spectator
    markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Policy Politics Obama orders review of energy infrastructure Report on ageing system to be delivered early next year 11 48am January 10 Senators look to revive US climate debate Democratic duo to launch task force to put issue back on agenda 11 44am January 10 PM takes aim at RET again Abbott questions green power reliability ahead of renewables reviews 11 37am January 10 4 comments Why not do it again Abbott PM lends support to talk of another turbine health review as South Australian baulks at plan 11 27am January 10 3 comments Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 10 12 comments Five good things about Direct Action Direct Action is doomed to fail because of the limited contract spans it offers But ignoring that there are some positive attributes to the Coalition s plan by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 09 13 comments Gas industry seeks Direct Action exemptions New LNG projects should be unaffected for first five years 9 49am January 09 Pinning down the real money in a wind war Victorian and federal government ministers are launching another investigation into wind power and health Will this expose the Waubra Foundation s claim government departments are denying a wind health link for financial gain Or does it reflect more on the money and power of the foundation s board by Tristan Edis 9 24am January 09 12 comments Energy efficiency faces a political check in 2014 Energy efficiency schemes in NSW and Victoria are hitting targets and saving households and businesses but both are up for review NSW seems keen to expand their scheme but Victoria s Minister appears cold by Tristan Edis 12 08pm January 08 6 comments German minister delivers renewables check Economy

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  • Smart Energy | Business Spectator
    blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Smart Energy Labor urges transport rethink Oppn says PM has made strategic error by eschewing funding for public transport 1 34pm January 08 20 comments Energy efficiency faces a political check in 2014 Energy efficiency schemes in NSW and Victoria are hitting targets and saving households and businesses but both are up for review NSW seems keen to expand their scheme but Victoria s Minister appears cold by Tristan Edis 12 08pm January 08 6 comments Australia failing the light bulb test Swathe of unregistered lamps undermining lighting energy efficiency standards 10 45am January 08 The demand drop mystery explained For well over a century electricity demand has grown each and every year then in 2010 something changed Credit goes well beyond just manufacturing closures and bill shock with energy efficiency critical by Hugh Saddler 11 19am January 06 6 comments Biomass plant snubbed for fast track scheme UK coal conversion project misses clean energy list 10 41am December 20 Electric Asia is Saab s last gasp Fading Swedish icon to gamble on a Chinese EV revival 10 30am December 20 Underground rail plan serious WA Libs Airport link would be 2bn project opposition warns of engineering headache 7 11am December 20 1 comment Clean energy s small gains on the 2013 battlefield The year in review shows that while overall investment in clean energy is likely to have fallen for a second year running the renewables revolutionaries have staked out valuable new ground by Michael Liebreich 8 39am December 18 AGL is wrong on demand response Yesterday AGL s Simon Camroux claimed it was too complicated to allow customers to bid in reductions in demand in competition with power generators bidding astronomical prices But it isn t by Craig Memery 11 50am December 13 3 comments Lamenting a frigid climate and energy mix The inability to source a top end energy efficient fridge highlight s Australia s climate policy and energy market mess by Alan Pears 11 31am December 13 2 comments Tapping China s green transformation On many fronts China is surprisingly well advanced in its historic transition to a carbon lite economy Australia s clean energy experts need to get with the

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  • Marking the milestones of 2013 | Business Spectator
    plant closures but as Hugh Saddler s analysis shows The demand drop mystery explained January 6 most of the change in electricity demand is down to improvements in energy efficiency particularly in the residential sector Solar powers on to 2 million systems in spite of government withdrawal of support Also as reported yesterday Australia has just reached 2 million installed solar systems photovoltaics plus solar and heat pump water heaters Last year was the moment of harsh truth for the solar PV sector as it was when feed in tariffs that gave any premium over the wholesale electricity price were completely wound up In addition the solar PV sector would have to make do with a government rebate of just one small scale renewable energy certificate or STC per megawatt hour of power generation down from two the prior year three the year before and five the year before that The Queensland premium feed in tariff kept things going strong in the first part of the year but that came to a close midway through the year Sure enough sales have dropped substantially since then but the industry managed to surpass the government target of about 850 megawatts While installed capacity was down by about 15 per cent on 2012 it was slightly better than 2011 For an industry built around an assumption of double digit sales growth a 15 per cent decline was tough But to add such an amount of capacity in one year is a big deal for anyone in the Australian electricity market let alone the solar sector The last time we saw that kind of coal capacity installed was back in 2007 with the 750 MW Kogan Creek power plant In February of 2013 I predicted the solar PV party was over but 850 MW for the year far exceeded my grave expectations It is a huge amount better than anyone would have imagined a few years ago given the precipitous drop off in the level of government support Helping cushion the blow of declining feed in tariffs were robust prices for STCs These got very close to the 40 price cap and have tended to remain above 38 over the year Macarthur marks a big milestone in wind as SA hits 30 per cent renewables Australia s biggest wind farm and also large in global terms AGL s 420 MW Macarthur farm was fully commissioned in April Its scale provides a visual testament to the fact that wind power has arrived as a serious source of power in this country More important than its visual scale is that it also produced plenty of electrons pumping out nearly 1000 gigawatt hours of power last year or equivalent to the power consumption of 190 000 households an awful lot more than what tabloid columnist Terry McCrann suggested In addition to Macarthur Musselroe in Tasmania finally became reality after being on then off and then on again over the years And Mount Mercer in Victoria was also commissioned Thanks largely to just these three projects wind generated electricity was up 43 per cent on the prior year Also worthy of mention is that a number of wind farms were under construction over 2013 It wasn t nearly as many as required but they will provide a living example to the community of the positive changes and employment being generated by the RET One outstanding example of what these projects are delivering can be seen in the short documentary Climate Spectator produced below on Snowtown II wind farm the first in Australia to use Siemens state of the art direct drive turbines With this documentary we ve tried to bring alive the story behind these projects the people involved the sheer scale of the construction task the technology the benefits to the local community and of course lots of those hard hats and reflective vests that our prime minister is so fond of With Snowtown II already generating electricity but not yet fully complete South Australia now gets over 30 per cent of its power from a combination of wind and solar when little more than 10 years ago it represented less than 1 per cent Wrecking ball python squeeze or perhaps just mild inflation and moderate unemployment Lastly we passed the one year anniversary of the introduction of the carbon price and miraculously the sky had not fallen in the economy continued to function price rises were extremely moderate and unemployment remained relatively steady All completely contrary to what we d been told by scare mongering politicians and industry association lobbyists such as the likes of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry the Minerals Council and the Business Council of Australia This year is shaping up as a challenging one for clean energy and businesses focused on making a profit by enhancing our future rather than degrading it But at least one can point at tangible examples of things done in 2013 to illustrate that Australia can meet its energy needs while reducing the burden on future generations Print this page More from Tristan Edis 09 Jan Five good things about Direct Action 09 Jan Pinning down the real money in a wind war 08 Jan Energy efficiency faces a political check in 2014 07 Jan An energy debate in smelt down 06 Jan Direct Action doomed to fail Related articles 10 Jan Obama orders review of energy infrastructure 10 Jan Senators look to revive US climate debate 10 Jan PM takes aim at RET again 10 Jan Why not do it again Abbott 09 Jan Five good things about Direct Action More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Chris Fraser Fri 2014 01 10 14 12 Nice touch with the Siemens promo Perhaps do that more often with other companies and local community groups own

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