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24 09 2021 | 15:23

Main Australian electric grid tops 60 percent renewable generation level

Records continued to tumble on Australia’s main electricity grid on Monday, with the share of renewable energy smashing through 60 percent for the first time, just a day after it had set a new record…

24 09 2021 | 15:15

$5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

The government is increasing issuance of gas exploration permits in the offshore sector ignoring risks imposed by global decarbonisation. 20 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Increasing issuance of…

24 09 2021 | 14:19

EnergyAustralia moving forward with country’s largest battery storage project

The Wooreen battery, to be located next to the Jeeralang gas power station in Latrobe Valley, is part of EnergyAustralia’s planning for the closure of the Yallourn brown coal generator in 2028, and…

22 09 2021 | 11:20

Australia: There’s a better way to manage coal closures than paying to delay them

Energy Ministers and the energy industry should reject the ESB capacity mechanism proposal 21 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Energy Security Board’s (ESB) proposal for consumers to pay…

16 09 2021 | 13:13

Major Australian pension fund manager announces coal pullout

Australia’s IFM Investors will end its exposure to thermal coal by 2030 due to climate change risks, the A$170 billion ($126 billion) investment manager said on Tuesday, as it works to have net zero…

16 09 2021 | 12:52

Tesla recommends 20 gigawatt battery storage plan for Australia grid

Tesla, the world’s most successful electric vehicle company and battery storage developer, has called for a 20 gigawatt storage target as a means to ensure Australia has enough “dipatchable” power in…

16 09 2021 | 12:48

Australia’s pro-climate companies urged to lobby government more

Strong lobbying by fossil fuel industries is drowning out the corporate voices that support climate action, analysts say Australian companies that say they support action to address the climate…

09 09 2021 | 14:44

Large-scale solar and windfarm investment in Australia records major drop this year

Clean Energy Council report shows the average quarterly investment in new renewable energy capacity is 70 % below 2018 levels. Investment in new large-scale solar and windfarms and the number of…

06 09 2021 | 15:03

Australia carbon capture failures contributed to higher Q1 emissions

A recovering economy, and failures at Australia’s only operational carbon capture and storage project, have seen Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rise in the first three months of 2021, a new…

27 08 2021 | 12:22

Santos sued by shareholders over fossil expansion despite claims

A shareholder activist group is taking Australian oil company Santos to court over its claims it produces “clean fuel” and plans to reach net zero emissions by 2040. Papers were filed against Santos…

26 08 2021 | 07:55

Victoria consents to gas production from well near Twelve Apostles

Greens says government’s support for fossil fuel expansion is ‘bonkers’ and no one will visit the tourist site ‘if it’s surrounded by gas drilling rigs’. The Victorian government has given consent…

26 08 2021 | 07:52

Melbourne student and climate activist runs for board seat at energy giant AGL

Ashjayeen Sharif wants Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter to be 100% renewable by 2030. An 18-year-old student and climate change campaigner is bidding for a seat on the board of energy…

25 08 2021 | 12:33

‘Blistering temperatures’: Dark roofing banned on Sydney’s urban fringe

Dark roofing will be banned in Sydney’s south-west growth area in an attempt by the NSW government to dial back the heat island effect while providing sorely needed new homes. Lighter coloured roofs…

18 08 2021 | 11:28

Australia ‘lagging at the back of the pack’ of OECD countries on climate action, analysis finds

Australia ranks 20th or worse in seven of eight categories despite Coalition claim it is leading the way in reducing emissions Claims by the Morrison government that Australia has done more to cut…

30 07 2021 | 10:29

Only 1 of 5 AEMO scenarios consistent with global efforts to 1.5C limit

The Australian Energy Market Operator is to model a range of scenarios that include a zero emissions  by 2035, at the same time as much of the nation’s transport and other energy uses also turn…

29 07 2021 | 13:01

Australia’s No. 2 pension fund announces complete thermal coal exit

Australia’s second largest superannuation fund has completely divested from thermal coal and ploughed $1 billion into renewable and low-emission technology in the year since it declared it would…

23 07 2021 | 11:29

Gales in Australia almost prompt new record for wind energy output

Australia’s main grid came close to a new record for wind energy output over the weekend, as two new wind projects began production for the first time, although the contribution of the newly…

15 07 2021 | 09:20

Australia: AEMO looks to smarter ways of managing abundant solar.

Acknowledges need to move to more transparent mechanism developed with stakeholder input Australia has a growing opportunity to change how we use electricity to make the most of abundant solar in…

12 07 2021 | 12:15

Australia: ESB reform of electricity system needs to plan for a zero emissions future

IEEFA's submission to the ESB post 2025 electricity market design options Australia has a huge opportunity to become one of the first countries to fully transition to a zero-emissions electricity…

05 07 2021 | 10:22

Australia ranks last for climate action among UN member countries.

Nation scores just 10 out of 100 on tackling fossil fuel emissions in new report on sustainable development goals. Australia has been ranked last for climate action out of nearly 200 countries in a…