The Australian Energy Market Operator has cited climate change, and the potential for large fossil fuel generators to fail in the summer heat-wave as the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supplies in the coming years.
Ahead of the much anticipated presentation of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s final report on the national energy market to the COAG meeting in Hobart, there were signs that the major political parties were moving towards a possible breakthrough.
Ahead of the final Finkel Report on the energy industry a new report says that wholesale electricity prices are above long-run costs because of policy uncertainty triggered by protracted political in-fighting about carbon pricing.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to allow investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The federal Government has released the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap that was commissioned last year from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has again ruled out introducing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS), saying it would threaten the stability of the electricity sector.
The Australian Government has reaffirmed Australia’s strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
A report released by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) detailing Australia’s progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target reveals record high investment in renewables in 2016.
The federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of its review of climate change policies.
A report commissioned by the federal Government warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change and the threats of coal mining, invasive species, rubbish, urban growth and habitat destruction.
After the Government’s fourth Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction the Clean Energy Regulator has awarded 47 contracts for 34.4 million tonnes of abatement at an average price per tonne of $10.69.
Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.
The Government’s Climate Change Authority split over its latest emissions reduction recommendations, with two members releasing a ‘minority report’ critical of the Authority and calling for Australia to ‘do more.’
The latest meeting of the COAG Energy Council, composed of Australia’s energy and resources ministers, moved further towards creating a national approach to integrate energy and climate policies.
The unexpected winner of a second Queensland Senate seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Malcolm Roberts, has dismissed speculation that the party was at risk of breaking apart, as the Palmer United Party did.
The new Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says he “accepts the science of climate change and recognises that Australia needs to do its part as the globe tackles climate change and emissions reduction”.
The Coalition Government has directed the CSIRO to re-direct its focus back to climate science.
Labor says that, in government, it will fast-track the development of a business case for a second Bass Strait interconnector, delivering greater energy security and more job opportunities for Tasmanians.
The Coalition says it will invest up to $100 million a year in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in cities, if re-elected.
A Senate committee report says the CSIRO should halt the implementation of deep job cuts until there was a “thorough review” of the process.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that a Labor government will deliver “real action” on climate change to secure Australia’s economic prosperity, cut pollution, increase investment and grow Australian jobs.
In the wake of the Paris climate agreement, the Senate is to inquire into carbon risk disclosure in Australia – an initiative of the Australian Greens.
Not surprisingly, the sheen is starting to wear off Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership – but not by much.
The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders at the Paris Climate Change Summit of a framework agreement to tackle global warming.
With Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition continuing to ride high in the opinion polls after 12 weeks of the new regime, and with Bill Shorten reduced to a risible 15 per cent in the preferred prime minister stakes according to Newspoll, the first chinks may be starting to appear in Mr Turnbull’s hitherto impenetrable armour.
Sensing renewed popular support for more drastic action on climate change, Labor leader Bill Shorten has upped the stakes dramatically.
In the lead-up to the second Emissions Reduction Fund auction, the Government announced plans to develop new methodologies to create additional opportunities to participate in future auctions.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek have been visiting Pacific island nations to draw attention to the dangers posed by climate change to some of Australia’s near neighbours.
The federal Environment Department has published draft legislation for a safeguard mechanism in the Emissions Reduction Fund – centrepiece of the Government’s Direct Action policy to address greenhouse emissions.