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  • Make an example of Santos, court told | Business Spectator
    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 Make an example of Santos court told 19 Dec 2013 7 43 AM Climate Energy markets Science Environment Prosecution calls for decisive penalty in wake of gas giant s CSG failures 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 Gas giant Santos NSW branch could be slapped with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after it admitted to failing to report contamination and excessive salt levels at a drilling site in the state s northwest Santos NSW has pleaded guilty to four charges relating to failing to report contaminated water leaks and lodge environmental management documents the NSW Land and Environment Court heard on Wednesday The charges concern its Pilliga forest coal seam gas CSG operations Each offence carries a maximum penalty of 110 000 plus potential legal costs of the same amount but this is likely to be reduced by the company s early guilty plea The company failed to report a leak of 10 000 litres of contaminated water from a treatment plant after an electronic switch connected to the pipeline failed The water was about half as salty as sea water and killed more than 70 per cent of the trees in the affected zone prosecutor Stephen Rushton SC said Santos NSW undertook a 1 4 million rehabilitation project on the area the court heard The company also failed to detail cases when its salt concentrations exceeded the threshold in environmental management reports Given it was the first prosecution of its kind the gas company should be made an example of to deter others from concealing similar environmental damage Mr Rushton said He said edited notes and emails suggested senior management knew about the leaks which happened before Santos

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  • Energy markets | Business Spectator
    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 Energy markets Unconventional gas is no cure all The effect of shale gas on America s three big thorns foreign oil dependence manufacturing decline and climate is not as revolutionary as first thought by Tristan Edis 12 14pm December 18 Energy regulator criticised on network returns The AER s guidelines for setting rates of returns for networks criticised from opposite sides 11 45am December 18 1 comment Fears EU probe could cloud renewables investment Inquiry into subsidies for German fossil fuel companies could upset legal clarity around renewables lawyer 11 13am December 18 The base debate holding renewables hostage Renewable energy can t meet baseload requirements in its present form they say But green power provides a high degree of certainty only peak demand is in question by Mark Diesendorf 10 42am December 18 2 comments Rule change to aid price stability AER Tweaks to deliver lower more stable rates of return says regulator 10 13am December 17 EU to probe renewables surcharges Competition concerns prompt look into German renewable energy discounts to industrial users 9 28am December 17 Coal demand to slow IEA Agency cuts coal growth forecasts on gradual China shift 11 35pm December 16 Gas users push for onshore regime Companies back Barnett s stance in WA Browse stoush 11 56am December 16 3 comments Ministers defer demand mechanism SCER orders cost benefit analysis into proposed rule change for NEM 9 27am December 16 Climate change as a line item America s biggest companies are putting their own prices on carbon ensuring they re ready for the day lawmakers flick the switch to climate urgency by Jeff Spross 9 03am December 16 Fugitive emissions offset grid decline Electricity emissions fall 6 3 per cent in financial year mining and gas production numbers spike 4 30pm December 13

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  • Energy markets | 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 Energy markets RWE to shut 7 power plants Energy supplier to ditch UK plants in wake of EU climate policies requiring retrofits 11 42am January 10 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 by Ric Brazzale 10 11am January 10 2 comments 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 4 comments Alcoa gives up on aid report Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises 12 41am January 10 1 comment Coal stuck in price squeeze Chinese restocking and shrinking steel margins to squeeze coking coal price analysts 10 16am January 09 Gas industry seeks Direct Action exemptions New LNG projects should be unaffected for first five years 9 49am January 09 US frackers getting free ride EPA unlikely to step up environmental enforcement efforts for now analysts 10 56am January 08 EU industry coping with energy price gap Brussels says industrial energy consumers using efficiency measures to lessen energy price disadvantage 10 30am January 08 MacGen bidders down to three Shenhua bails as parties prepare final offers for NSW generator 9 02am January 08 Shale gas drives coal to Japan Japanese utility looking to boost North American coal imports as shale gas pushes out coal in US power supply 11 59am January 07 An energy debate in smelt down Recent developments in energy intensive manufacturing illustrate that there s an awful lot more to worry about when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness than obliterating the carbon tax by Tristan Edis 10 50am January 07 39 comments Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut Aluminium smelter to cut production blaming abnormally high Queensland prices relative to NSW and Vic

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  • German minister delivers renewables check | Business Spectator
    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 German minister delivers renewables check 8 Jan 11 08 AM Climate Policy Politics Renewable energy Economy minister says big industry at risk from renewables burden 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 Reuters Germany s will risk losing its big industries unless they are sheltered from the cost burden of renewable energy its economy minister said while restating his commitment to a shift to low carbon fuel In December the European Commission the EU executive announced it would investigate Germany s management of subsidies and the discounts given to heavy industry on renewable energy surcharges That has raised fears within industry that its costs will rise when it is already struggling to compete The enquiry has also alarmed environmentalists who say Germany s shift towards renewable energy is in danger We must ensure in Germany that energy intensive industry remains unburdened by the EEG law Germany s renewable energy law Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters during a trip to Brussels to meet Commission officials Anything else would result in us de industrialising Germany This is not an exaggeration Europe cannot have an interest in damaging German industry The European Commission is investigating the waiver of green charges for thousands of intensive energy users because of concerns it is unfair to others that have to pay them Germany has acknowledged there must be reform but also says industry must be sheltered from energy costs which are of particular concern in Europe when the United States is benefiting from cheap fuel because of its shale gas revolution Brussels policy makers have also launched a debate on wider energy and environment policy and are expected to publish discussion documents later this month on goals for 2030 to succeed a set of 2020 green energy targets Gabriel who has responsibility for energy as well as the economy is among a group of eight EU ministers to have signed a letter urging the European Union to

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  • EU pushes for 2030 RET | Business Spectator
    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 EU pushes for 2030 RET 7 Jan 9 43 AM Climate Policy Politics Renewable energy Renewable energy target of 30 per cent would boost jobs and economic growth majority argue 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 Reuters Ministers from Germany France and six other countries have called for the European Union to set a 2030 goal for renewable energy use in opposition to their British counterpart who advocates a sole greenhouse gas emissions target A 2030 renewables goal which would be part of a package of EU measures on energy and climate change would cut dependency on fossil fuel imports and boost jobs and economic growth the group of ministers said in a letter dated December 23 and seen by Reuters on Monday A target for renewable energy is crucial to provide certainty that can ensure cost effective investments in energy systems that will strengthen the internal market for energy the group of energy and environment ministers said in the letter to Connie Hedegaard the EU commissioner for climate action and Guenther Oettinger commissioner for energy The letter is dated December 23 and signed by ministers from Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Ireland Italy and Portugal A renewables goal would provide a secure market for manufacturers of wind turbines and solar panels such as Acciona and Vestas Ed Davey Britain s energy and climate change secretary as well as some industry associations have said they favour a single binding 2030 goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions and head off climate change They contend that a single target could be cheaper giving governments more flexibility

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  • Australian CleanTech Index performance – Q2 | Business Spectator
    Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password ACT Australian CleanTech Index outperformed both the S P ASX200 and the S P ASX Small Ordinaries for the month of December and over the second quarter of financial year 2014 The ACT Australian CleanTech Index rose from 38 5 to 39 9 over December recording a 3 6 per cent gain This compared to the S P ASX200 gain of 0 6 per cent and the S P ASX Small Ordinaries Index gain of 2 3 per cent The Australian CleanTech 20 had a slightly better performance with a gain of 4 per cent Over the second quarter of the 2014 fiscal year the ACT Australian CleanTech Index significantly outperformed its benchmarks and recorded a healthy gain of 12 7 per cent well ahead of the S P ASX200 s gain of 2 6 per cent and the S P ASX Small Ordinaries 0 6 per cent loss Over the first half of the 2014 fiscal year the ACT Australian CleanTech Index also significantly outperformed its benchmarks and recorded a gain of 28 9 per cent compared to the S P ASX200 s gain of 11 4 per cent and the S P ASX Small Ordinaries 12 8 per cent gain The 12 month figures are also well ahead of the wider market with the returns for the ACT Australian CleanTech Index recording a 25 per cent gain more than 10 per cent ahead of the S P ASX200 The market capitalisation of the 66 stocks in the ACT Australian CleanTech Index is 12 4 billion after its rebalance falling from its peak of 16 3 billion in July 2007 but up from its trough of 6 2 billion in July 2012 Best and worst stocks The best and worst performers in terms of share price performance over the month and the second quarter and first half of the 2014 fiscal year are shown in the table below The month s performance was driven by 10 companies with gains of more than 10 per cent The greatest gains were recorded by the Water Resources Group Algae Tec Actinogen and Aeris Environmental These gains were partially offset by 13 companies recording losses of more than 10 per cent led by Mission NewEnergy Electrometals Papyrus and Greenearth Energy The quarter s performance was driven by 11 companies with gains of more than 20 per cent The greatest gains were recorded by EnviroMission Actinogen Sub Soil Technologies and Cardia Bioplastics These gains were partially offset by 13 companies recording losses of more than 20 per cent led by Petratherm Mission NewEnergy Wasabi Energy and Papyrus The six month performance was driven by 10 companies with gains of more than 50 per cent The greatest gains were recorded by Sub Soil Technologies SWW Energy EnviroMission and VMoto These gains were partially offset by 10 companies recording losses of more than 25 per cent led by

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  • John O'Brien | Business Spectator
    Australian CleanTech Index FY 2013 The 2013 financial year is now behind us so how did clean tech stocks fare on the Australian market and who were the biggest winners and losers by John O Brien 10 27am July 03 Australian CleanTech Index May The ACT Australian CleanTech Index continued a three month long retreat in May with the period seeing much of the gains of earlier in the year erased by John O Brien 8 40am June 03 Looking beyond Ford to a cleantech future There are plenty of up and coming clean tech manufacturers making their mark in Australia and while none are likely to ever be as big as Ford they can lead Australia into its next industrial revolution by John O Brien 10 02am May 28 2 comments Australian CleanTech Index April The ACT Australian CleanTech Index drifted lower in April wiping out much of the gains of the first quarter of calendar 2013 by John O Brien 11 42am May 06 Australian CleanTech Index March While the clean tech sector outperformed the broader market it was still a losing month for most stocks And a rebalance of the top 20 sees the likes of Geodynamics and CO2 Group drop out by John O Brien 12 38pm April 04 Aussie CleanTech Index February Australia s leading clean tech index shows the sector continuing its recovery from a painful few years but there s a long way to go to get back to the heady days of 2007 by John O Brien 8 14am March 04 Aussie CleanTech Index January The Australian CleanTech Index is continuing to climb away from the record lows set last year though it is struggling to keep pace with the overall market by John O Brien 10 40am February 06 Our place at the cleantech table By assuming the role of minister s spouse Australia could provide a cleantech bridge between the Asia Pacific region and Europe and the US thus ensuring access to the best investments and technologies by John O Brien 7 05am May 27 Back to the future In the climate change debate Australian politicians need to shift the focus from the threat to the economic status quo to that of future opportunity and prosperity by John O Brien 10 02pm August 18 A clean approach to investment This should be a time when the clean technology market is booming So why are cleantech stocks in Australia faring so badly by John O Brien 6 29am July 19 Australian CleanTech Index performance Q2 A 3 6 per cent gain over December and a healthy 12 7 per cent surge for the quarter saw cleantech companies again outperform the broader market index by John O Brien 9 12am January 07 Australian CleanTech Index performance Nov Clean energy firms have outperformed the broader market again avoiding the benchmark s retreat as 11 companies posted gains of 20 per cent or more by John O Brien 12 42pm December 02 Carbon baths

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  • Europe's great fossil fuel exit | Business Spectator
    has resulted in the majority being dropped Closing of nuclear power plants combined with high natural gas prices in Europe however did result in a slight rise in coal power production Natural gas is clearly the fossil fuel getting hit hardest in Europe at the moment As Tino Andresen and Tara Patel of Bloomberg wrote in March 2013 Three years ago Germany s largest utility spent 400 million euros 523 million building a natural gas fired power station Later this month the company may close the plant because it s losing so much money EON s Irsching 5 the power plant in discussion only operated 25 of the time in 2012 The factors for the quick death of such an expensive plant were varied though As Europe s weak economy holds back electricity demand cheaper coal requirements to buy renewable energy and the collapsing cost of carbon permits are undercutting gas fired plants But it s not only happening in Germany Gas fired plants are stopped three days out of four Gerard Mestrallet chief executive officer of GDF Suez France s former gas monopoly said at a briefing on Feb 28 The thermal industry is in crisis There is overcapacity The story is essentially the same in the Netherlands Spain the Czech Republic and other European countries In the end the story is actually rather simple as more renewable energy comes on line something has to go off line Aside from nuclear power plants that are being shuttered due to old age and citizen demand the big loser at the moment is natural gas However coal is on its way out too just a bit more slowly Of course if there was a higher price on carbon or other fossil fuel market dynamics changed we could see those two switch places on their way out the door Originally published by Clean Technica Republished with permission Print this page Europe s great fossil fuel exit Zachary Shahan 6 Jan 1 14 PM 3 Climate Policy Politics Renewable energy More from Zachary Shahan 02 Dec SolarWorld breaks 1GW with Bosch Solar acquisition 03 Oct Gates has another punt on clean tech 03 Oct Tesla s insane stock surge 11 Jul Middle East renewables targets weak or significant 24 Jun Tesla s battery swapping push Related articles 13 Jan Protesters block NSW coal mine 13 Jan Hunt firm on RET 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 10 Jan PM takes aim at RET again 10 Jan Marking the milestones of 2013 More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post comments Comments So what the operators of the Submitted by richard mcnaught on Mon 2014 01 06 23 59 So what the operators of the fossil fuel plants should do is stop supplying power when the renewable energy cuts out People would soon come to their senses and realise

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