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  • Renewable energy | Business Spectator
    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 Renewable energy Coal surplus looms no renewables blowout AEMO Operator releases verdict on national transmission outlook 1 50pm December 12 Bulgaria latest to apply renewable fee Nation imposes 20 per cent fee on solar and wind power 9 48am December 06 Hunt s new brown coal adviser The Environment Minister has a new adviser that was an aggressive lobbyist for the interests of Hazelwood power station and argued against the Renewable Energy Target But he has support from a wind industry leader by Tristan Edis 11 59am December 05 19 comments UK to boost offshore wind subsidies Britain bets on offshore capability scales back onshore wind and solar support 10 52am December 05 A modern economy needs a green bank The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has already proven indispensable for the cleantech sector Securing future growth in Australia s energy industry will hinge on its continued support by John Mathews 7 46am December 05 12 comments Investing better in a carbon haze Bloomberg s new index rating corporate climate risk is a first step But without company transparency and policy certainty the tool remains a somewhat crude device by Jeff Spross 9 12am December 04 5 comments Australia caught up in a renewables trade rush The week in clean energy saw deals aplenty including Mitsui in Australia ahead of 2013 s close while EU carbon softened ahead of December policy news by Bloomberg New Energy Finance 8 42am December 04 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 Top EU power retreat further on aviation emissions Plans up in the air as UK Germany France aim for domestic regulations only 3 53pm November 29 British coal use down 3 Coal joins gas and nuclear in downward trajectory as wind increases 10 05am November 29 German energy laws need further revisions Reductions in subsidies for green energy wins EU energy chief s support 9 56am November 29 More reason to warm to summer solar

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  • Renewable energy | Business Spectator
    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 Renewable energy Qld seeks comment on massive farm project Proposal includes 325 000ha of agricultural development and may also include renewable energy facilities 9 11am January 13 Protesters block NSW coal mine Whitehaven site blockaded again in protest at land clearing plans 8 55am January 13 Hunt firm on RET Minister reiterates support for renewables target amid growing cabinet rift 8 39am January 13 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 PM takes aim at RET again Abbott questions green power reliability ahead of renewables reviews 11 37am January 10 4 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 11 comments 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 German minister delivers renewables check Economy minister says big industry at risk from renewables burden 11 08am January 08 EU pushes for 2030 RET Renewable energy target of 30 per cent would boost jobs and economic growth majority argue 9 43am January 07 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 Europe s great fossil fuel exit UBS analysts project that because of a surge in renewables 30 of Europe s fossil fuel capacity needs to be shut by 2017 to restore utilities profitability by Zachary Shahan 1 14pm January 06 3 comments Smog of uncertainty ruins a clean energy Christmas Now that the Emissions Reduction Fund is on

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  • BHP defends green credentials | Business Spectator
    Log in Request new password AAP BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie has denied the resources giant is burying its head in the sand regarding the risk climate change poses to its profitability At the company s AGM in London on Thursday board candidate Ian Dunlop said climate change had the ability to completely turn the company on its head or indeed destroy it The former Australian Coal Association chairman turned environmental campaigner argued the current board was ill equipped to deal with this challenge But Mr Mackenzie addressing his first AGM as chief executive after replacing Marius Kloppers earlier this year rejected the criticism We can and will continue to adjust the shape of our portfolio to match energy demand meet society s expectations preserve the progressive base dividend and maximise shareholder returns Mr Mackenzie told shareholders After the meeting he told reporters BHP wasn t investing in thermal coal even though it stayed in the portfolio with the focus being to maximise returns with what we ve got The Scottish businessman said over the next two years BHP expected to increase overall resources production by eight per cent annually Over the next 15 years global commodity demand was expected to grow by up to 75 per cent driven by China s rise Mr Mackenzie said The current board has urged shareholders to vote against Mr Dunlop and the former Shell executive admits he ll struggle to get elected But Mr Dunlop is worried BHP isn t doing enough to prepare for a low carbon future The world is on track for a 4C temperature rise that would reduce the population from seven billion to just one billion the 71 year old told shareholders It s basically a world where business is not possible in the normal sense Mr Dunlop said to meet the UN s target of a 2C rise companies had to stop investing in fossil fuels and withdraw from existing projects That meant there was indeed a carbon bubble of coal which should never be burnt he said Essentially the result of that is going to be substantial write downs and stranded assets Politics is not going to deliver on climate change it s going to be up to business and its own self interest to actually do it Votes from London s AGM will be added to those cast in Perth in November before a result on Mr Dunlop s bid is announced Company chairman Jac Nasser on Thursday insisted BHP fully recognised the strategic nature of this issue But he admitted previously describing climate change as a single issue wasn t a good look and didn t fully recognise its importance Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Whitehaven Asicano ink deal 13 Jan Glencore copper sale has ASX firms on alert 13 Jan Gas reservation is a pipe dream 13 Jan BHP faces buyback pressure 13 Jan Indonesia ban no issue Palmer More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of

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  • BHP CEO defends green credentials | Business Spectator
    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 BHP CEO defends green credentials 25 Oct 2013 12 11 AM Industries Resources and Energy Climate Resources Mackenzie insists BHP understands climate change after criticism 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 BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie has defended the resource giant s environmental credentials in the face of criticism from a former chairman of the Australian Coal Association Ian Dunlop now an environmental campaigner is standing for election to the company s board claiming BHP doesn t understand the threat posed by dangerous climate change Climate change is relevant to us all Mr Mackenzie said on Thursday at the company s AGM in London As a significant user of energy we are working to drive down our greenhouse gas intensity and we are seeing results Our current emissions are below our 2006 baseline despite the substantial growth of our business since then Mr Mackenzie addressing his first AGM as chief executive after replacing Marius Kloppers earlier this year insisted we are environmentally responsible BHP is Melbourne based but is listed in both Australia and London The Australian AGM will be held in November in Perth The company is urging shareholder s to vote against Mr Dunlop s bid Chairman Jac Nasser on Thursday told the AGM that BHP looked out at least five years when planning for board succession We are confident that our board renewal process ensures that we have the right blend of skills experience and perspectives critical to the effective oversight of BHP Billiton on behalf of shareholders Mr Nasser said BHP s net profit plunged by 30 per cent in the 2012 13 financial year to US10 9 billion A12 03 billion Weaker commodity prices were the main cause and the company is slashing costs and capital expenditure in response However Mr Nasser said in London that BHP continues to expected the Chinese economy to grow at more than seven per cent next year China and other emerging economies will be the major drivers of economic growth in the long term which could deliver up to a 75 per cent

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  • US targets power plant emissions | Business Spectator
    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 US targets power plant emissions 21 Sep 2013 4 47 AM Climate Policy Politics Resources EPA proposes limiting carbon emissions from new power plants 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 The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants in a bid to implement President Barack Obama s plan to fight climate change The move marks the first milestone of a major part of the Climate Action Plan announced in June by the US leader the agency said in a statement Climate change is one of the most significant public health challenges of our time EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said The plan foresees that new large natural gas fired turbines meet a limit of 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour while new small natural gas fired turbines would have to meet a limit of 1100 pounds of carbon dioxide during that same timeframe New coal fired units meanwhile would not be allowed to exceed 1100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour with the option to meet a somewhat tighter limit if they choose to average emissions over multiple years Together natural gas and coal fired power plants account for roughly a

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  • China vows to ban coal-fired plants | Business Spectator
    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 China vows to ban coal fired plants 12 Sep 2013 11 03 PM Industries Resources and Energy Climate Resources Economy China Govt says it will ban new plants in three key industrial regions 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 China says it will ban new coal fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country s notorious air pollution The action plan from the State Council announced on Thursday also aims to cut the country s percentage of total primary energy use stemming from coal to below 65 per cent by 2017 The US government estimates that China currently gets about 70 per cent of its energy from coal The government has come under increasing pressure from a growing middle class to clean up the country s air pollution much of which comes from the burning of coal Environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the plan saying it would significantly slow growth in coal consumption and set an important precedent that other major economies should follow No carousel of other videos after the video ends Print this page Related articles 13 Jan British Virgin Islands Shenzhen in deal 10 Jan Korea

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  • Coalition verdict on LNG plant looms | Business Spectator
    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 Coalition verdict on LNG plant looms 12 Sep 2013 9 11 AM 1 Climate Resources New govt s environmental credentials to go under spotlight in Arrow LNG plant decision at Gladstone 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 Coalition s first test in weighing economic opportunity and environmental risk will be its decision on whether to approve the fourth LNG export plant at Gladstone s Curtis Island in Queensland The Australian Financial Review reports The Queensland government gave its environmental approval to the 15 billion development on Tuesday and the Shell and PetroChina owned plant will now face a federal government approvals process The Abbott government is yet to name an environment minister The Commonwealth will face strong opposition to the development from farming and environment groups opposed to coal seam gas projects with the plant set to source CSG from the Surat and Bowen basins pending approval of drilling at those sites the AFR says However the government will not have to consider the downstream elements of the project such as coal seam gas drilling just the LNG component such as the effect of a fourth plant on Curtis Island and additional dredging in Gladstone harbout the newspaper says The companies are yet to sign

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  • Manufacturing a gas crisis | Business Spectator
    on RET 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 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 King just bought a power Submitted by Geoff Croker on Wed 2013 09 11 13 05 King just bought a power station in NSW Extremely poor journalism Log in to post comments Gas is so abundant all over Submitted by Joseph Ellul on Wed 2013 09 11 14 40 Gas is so abundant all over the planet that it could be supplied for almost nothing to everyone on this blue marble Only problem is those politicians and their Bankster friends Log in to post comments Yeah sure Joseph Reminds me Submitted by alistair clark on Thu 2013 09 12 14 19 Yeah sure Joseph Reminds me of the religious nutters who say that rain is God s free gift therefore water charges are a politician and bankster conspiracy Log in to post comments Not a conspiracy just a tax Submitted by David Doyle on Thu 2013 09 12 15 31 Not a conspiracy just a tax Note that years ago rainwater tanks were common then banned due to health concerns mossies but are now OK again Still I can t put a bore in my back yard even just to water the garden So I throw first world class water on the couch at great expense to me Log in to post comments Oh We have a gas crisis now Submitted by Maurice Oldis on Wed 2013 09 11 15 48 Oh We have a gas crisis now so we have to frack National parks etc This is just like the refugee national emergency and the economic crisis we dont have Funny sort of crisis if its because you exported all your gas instead of using it yourselves Loony Liberal thinking Log in to post comments Maurice you really do get Submitted by Richard Simpson on Wed 2013 09 11 20 48 Maurice you really do get things wrong dear Who was in charge Federally and State wise when all deals done You only get two guesses Log in to post comments I admire Grant King who Submitted by Keyser Söze on Wed 2013 09 11 16 59 I admire Grant King who along with the recently retired CSL CEO Brian McNamee is one of the best CEO s in the land He is however elegantly and eloquently talking his own book Origin are vertically integrated and LNG developers and one of the few LNG proponents who are long gas It is in their interest for domestic gas prices to be high because the will profit from that outcome Now King s tongue would have been firmly in his cheek when he claimed that there was no gas supply crisis rather just a gas

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