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  • PetroChina execs under investigation | Business Spectator
    runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap 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 PetroChina execs under investigation 28 Aug 2013 12 45 AM Industries Resources and Energy Climate Resources Executives from oil giant probed in China for violations of discipline You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Three executives of the listed arm of China s biggest oil producer are being investigated for violations of discipline the government says a phrase which typically refers to corruption PetroChina vice presidents Li Hualin and Ran Xinquan as well as chief geologist Wang Daofu were under investigation by authorities said the company which is listed in both Hong Kong and Shanghai The three had resigned from their positions the firm said on Tuesday adding its business operations were unaffected It gave no reason for the investigation PetroChina has a net asset value of more than one trillion yuan 178 18 billion according to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange where trading in the company s shares was suspended on Tuesday as it was in Shanghai China s State owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission which oversees state firms confirmed the investigation in a separate statement saying the probe was into serious violations of discipline Li was also a deputy general manager of PetroChina s parent China National

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  • Poland, EU square off on coal plant | Business Spectator
    Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap 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 Poland EU square off on coal plant 23 Aug 2013 7 08 AM Climate Policy Politics Resources Science Environment Brussels urged to prevent Polish govt from expanding coal plant without required CCS assessments You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The European Commission is under pressure from European members of parliament and environmentalists to block Poland from constructing two new 900MW units at a coal plant that have not been assessed for carbon capture and storage CCS readiness according to EurActiv The European Union EU had previously issued a directive that the 2 7 billion units in Opole be assessed for CCS readiness but Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has insisted that they be built without the assessment Opponents of the plans argue that successful defiance by the Polish government could set a precedent that would weaken other European climate laws not yet ratified It is very urgent that the Commission gets active and puts some pressure on the Polish authorities to follow EU rules Socialist S D MEP Jo Leinen told EurActiv Opole is a test

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  • Resources | Business Spectator
    visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap 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 Resources Oil prices slip amid supply worries Spread between Brent WTI crude widens to most since June 7 14am August 22 Woodside eyes 2015 Browse call Final investment decision would have FLNG starting output in 2018 5 37am August 22 Meridian Energy set for Nov IPO NZ state owned power company set to become country s largest ever IPO 4 28am August 21 UK police arrest fracking protesters Arrests come on 26th day of standoff over fracking in rural England 2 15am August 20 Europe needs fracking Cameron Europe UK would make big mistake shunning shale gas British PM 4 17am August 09 America is back The next few decades belong to the US It has vast oil and gas supplies a skyrocketing housing market and an abundance of cheap labour and technology The engine of growth is firing again by Robert Gottliebsen

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/climate/resources?page=1 (2014-01-13)
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  • Resources | Business Spectator
    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 Resources BHP defends green credentials BHP board ill equipped to deal with climate change former ACA chair 4 03am October 25 1 comment BHP CEO defends green credentials Mackenzie insists BHP understands climate change after criticism 12 11am October 25 US targets power plant emissions EPA proposes limiting carbon emissions from new power plants 4 47am September 21 China vows to ban coal fired plants Govt says it will ban new plants in three key industrial regions 11 03pm September 12 Coalition verdict on LNG plant looms New govt s environmental credentials to go under spotlight in Arrow LNG plant decision at Gladstone 9 11am September 12 1 comment Manufacturing a gas crisis Is NSW under threat from a lack of gas supply Not really according to Grant King The problem for manufacturing is not really with development of coal seam gas so much as with price by Tristan Edis 12 53pm September 11 14 comments Even under Abbott coal fired electricity has no future Renewable energy is set to displace coal as the more economically competitive energy option even with carbon capture and storage development and no price on emissions by Mark Diesendorf 12 12pm September 11 14 comments 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 not coal cuts 11 02am September 11 New York to launch clean energy lender As Abbott govt plans to axe Australian green bank NYC launches 1 billion bank of its own 10 19am September 11 Russia s secret solar appetite An appetite for solar emerges in Russia the UK faces a fracking

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  • The evolution of Australian solar businesses | Business Spectator
    cent reliant on solar for all their energy has pretty high expectations of service if their toilet won t flush because the solar powered pump has stopped working for example In this era profit margins were high because they had to be The typical solar business would sell around 1 20th of the volume they do today and the investment in design and support cost a lot Much of what was done was done manually there was no iPhone app to conduct a shade analysis or integrated CRM programs to allow you to process forms online Perhaps counterintuitively I can t think of one solar company who was making much money either Fast forward five or six years PV costs had started to plummet foreign exchange rates were at an all time high and pretty much every government around the country saw solar as a political saviour The triple bottom line was huge in business and climate change was at the front of people s minds and the rebates started to flow As time passed the rebate mechanisms changed but the money kept flowing almost but not quite as fast the PV prices continued to reduce The industry started to look mighty attractive as a result and thousands of companies jumped in spurring further price reductions and competition This was an abundant but tumultuous time I watched good businesses struggle and collapse because the rate of change was simply to fast for them to adapt to I watched bad businesses scoop up the money and run Innovation automation and operational efficiency started to become affordable and the rules of economy of scale were changed for ever Profits grew The businesses in the middle of this melee who survived developed well balanced operations which were not too heavy on unwieldy investments and yet could transact smoothly and quickly Marketing became a science based on good data and targeted sales and if you were in the right place at the right time it started to rain sales If you had a bucket you could simply catch customers as they fell from the sky And here we are today The storm has passed and while the industry has grown substantially sales no longer fall from the sky You have to work damn hard for a solar sale today and perhaps rightly so If you over invested or spent all your accumulated profits or ended up in the wrong location then solar business was tough again One false move and you could end up in a world of pain Some businesses have survived this solar coaster and even prospered and learned a thing or two along the way One business I was chatting with recently described how it survived the ride despite the ups and downs and most importantly what it was doing to get ready for the next thrill packed installment They entered the market while it was still pretty formative so they learned to be lean and nimble and to fight for

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  • Nigel Morris | Business Spectator
    inverters sold in Australia are micro inverters compared to 40 per cent in California The likely switch to AC solar modules brings benefits but won t be a silver bullet by Nigel Morris 8 16am October 04 3 comments Virtually ready for solar s next thing Electricity distributors will take control of virtual solar plants as they emerge with aggregated energy flows set to enhance solar s dispatchability by Nigel Morris 11 20am October 03 1 comment Talking solar with Tony There are a lot of ways that the Coalition s core agenda can sync with solar policy if only I can land a chat with the Real Tony by Nigel Morris 10 05am October 02 1 comment Time to look hard at PV soft costs The cost of PV inverters and racking may be falling but other soft costs are increasing Australia needs more analysis of system prices to avoid a sector crunch by Nigel Morris 11 34am October 01 Solar installation compliance just got easier Solar prices are plummeting but with demand for compliance more competitive there are ways to dodge the increasing installation costs by Nigel Morris 9 26am September 09 A coldie in the bush with solar When trying to go bush powered 100 per cent by solar you come to realise how far we ve still got to go with energy efficiency by Nigel Morris 12 43pm September 02 4 comments Is Barnett eyeing the right target If Premier Colin Barnett really wants to target the people who cost networks the most he would go after the half a million WA households with air con and not solar customers That is of course if he s genuine by Nigel Morris 9 08am August 16 2 comments Will time of use pricing reduce power pain The figures show time of use pricing can save you money just don t expect electricity retailers to spell it out for you by Nigel Morris 8 10am August 15 3 comments When right wing conservatives love solar The Barnett government s solar backflip may not be the turning point for clean energy but support for solar from America s far right wing Tea Party sure could be by Nigel Morris 8 28am August 14 3 comments Australia s solar ingenuity The University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra have taken first place in the Solar Decathlon in China highlighting once again that Australia is a world leader in solar innovation by Nigel Morris 8 26am August 13 1 comment Page 1 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 The little Aussie EV that could A small company from Australia has developed an elegant electric engine that might rival gas guzzlers on the racetrack and beyond by Nigel Morris 9 01am December 09 1 comment

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  • Small-scale solar PV market trends in 2013 | Business Spectator
    was a tendency to compartmentalise utility scale solar purely on a size basis at either 5 MW or 10 MW This type of segmentation has limited value to the industry other than to filter purely by project size regardless of the location or mounting arrangement So let s return to the reason for non residential market segmentation before fixing the categories used And let s recall that the main reason for splitting up the TAM of the PV industry is to identify the SAMs on offer to the hundreds of suppliers and developers installers active in the solar PV industry today Generally residential segments have their own component supply chains and installer networks On the supply side components are typically spread across all component tier groupings and often go through wholesalers with end customers more concerned with installed system pricing than supplier bankability In fact the residential market segment is further fragmented at the regional level with local installers often confined to the cities and states covered by their sales and service presence By default the residential segment is broadly speaking comprised of small PV installations generally below 10 kW forming a large part of what falls under the banner of small scale solar PV The other part of the small scale solar PV segment the small non residential rooftop segment includes many of the supply and installation features common to the residential segment The small non residential rooftop segment includes agricultural buildings educational institutes medical centres and the SME small and medium size enterprise or small business community There are various other customer categories that make up the small rooftop segment Therefore when looking at the supply and installation SAMs for the solar PV industry we can break out the following top level groupings Small scale Residential and small non residential rooftops 100 kW Large scale Large non residential rooftops 100 kW and all ground mount installations This segmentation also helps in splitting out the markets served by module supplier technologies Generally c Si modules dominate the small scale segment further diversified by brand and non brand variants or tier 1 to tier 3 offerings The small scale market also has a relatively strong contribution from mono c Si modules driven by space constrained limitations particular to small rooftop installations Large scale is predominantly the domain of bankable or tier 1 component supply often dictated by insurance company preferences or project developer supplier relationships The large scale segment is also served by either c Si or thin film modules with multi c Si often dominating over mono c Si today Large scale trends will be covered in detail in part two of this blog series Figure 1 shows the split between small scale and large scale solar PV between 2010 and 2013 with a forecast out to the end of 2014 The increased share from the large scale segment has been the key factor in driving growth in the solar PV industry during the past few years The large

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  • Finlay Colville | Business Spectator
    party suppliers as foreign brands start excercising market muscle by Finlay Colville 11 03am December 06 The dawn of a new PV landscape Solar is set to break the 50 GW barrier next year and the increase in demand is being driven by the solar industry s increasing flexibility by Finlay Colville 9 42am October 31 Holding back the Chinese solar tidal wave Only First Solar and Sharp stand between Chinese solar PV manufacturers and complete global domination of the top 10 regional markets by Finlay Colville 10 39pm August 26 1 comment How many solar manufacturers are left in China There has been a solar shakeout of sorts in China but it s hard to pinpoint just how many are left given the bulk of those exiting are merely in hibernation by Finlay Colville 8 37am August 05 The waiting game on new solar tech A leading global solar conference saw plenty of great ideas on show but they may take a while to reach the marketplace Meanwhile there s more than meets the eye to solar pricing by Finlay Colville 8 49am June 25 The 230 GW solar jackpot Conflicting trends are having a major impact on solar uptake but the latest five year forecasts are in and they reveal a massive uplift in demand despite the headwinds by Finlay Colville 7 06am March 12 The 10 solar trends to watch in 2013 The solar PV sector had an interesting 2012 but what should we look out for in 2013 by Finlay Colville 4 20pm February 18 The key solar question for 2013 What needs to happen before supply and demand are balanced in the PV industry and what will this mean for pricing negotiations by Finlay Colville 8 28am January 15 Solar prices catching a falling knife There is hope in the solar industry that panel prices may begin to stabilise early next year but there s little reason to believe that hope will marry with reality by Finlay Colville 8 00am August 27 Germany s solar shakes Just a few years ago German manufacturers were dominant in the solar PV sector but with bankruptcies now coming thick and fast is Made in Germany solar on its last legs by Finlay Colville 1 31pm June 29 Solar s emerging optimism The Intersolar PV show in Munich last week was home to plenty of concern and uncertainty but with emerging markets providing a spark the sector s glass remains half full by Finlay Colville 11 45am June 19 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 State of solar More diversification than consolidation The PV industry is fragmenting in terms of supply and downstream business models with the trend likely to continue next year by Finlay Colville 10 45am December 09 When outsourced solar sells Almost

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