What do we sell when they don’t want our coal?

To meet the Paris climate goals of limiting global warming to 2°C requires a complete global decarbonisation of all energy use by around 2050. Reading these columns and elsewhere of recent times one could almost be excused for thinking that electricity is the only way we use energy. It has reached the point that in … Read more

Victoria councils taking action for greener vehicle fleets

PRESS RELEASE Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has announced $33,200 for a program led by Nillumbik Shire Council to develop a plan for more environmentally friendly vehicle fleets. Nillumbik received the funding to work with Darebin City, Manningham City, Moreland City and Yarra City councils to conduct a feasibility study to assess how emissions … Read more

Why age of populism won’t derail future of solar, wind and EVs

PV Magazine There are plenty of reasons to be alarmed about the future, given not only the increasingly imminent danger of Climate Change, but also the rise of new xenophobic regimes and policies in the United States and Europe: Not to mention a new U.S. Administration that has appointed directors of federal agencies who were hand-picked … Read more

Turnbull wants to subsidise coal AND gas transport

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has again declared his support for all things fossil fuel, after suggesting his government could use public money to sponsor both new coal and gas production facilities in Australia, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund. In his latest concession to the nation’s powerful fossil fuel lobby, Turnbull told Brisbane Radio that … Read more

Which fuel is setting electricity prices? Clue: it’s not wind or solar

Which fuel is setting the price of electricity in Australia? It seems pretty obvious, from all the official reports and anecdotal evidence that it is gas. And because the price of gas has more than doubled in recent years, that means that the price of wholesale electricity has also doubled over the same period. It … Read more

Turnbull’s gas changes will lift cost of capital, but won’t relieve prices

Figure 4 LNG cascade process. Source: Shell Australia has built more liquefied natural gas (LNG) capacity in Queensland than there is gas to supply it. That’s not news. But it is a problem. The GLNG consortium, led by Santos, has the biggest issue in finding enough gas to meet its international contracts, but all the … Read more

Santos: Doing the bare minimum on climate change

At its Annual General Meeting on 4 May, Santos will be subject to a vote on a shareholder resolution that seeks improved disclosure of climate risks. Market Forces coordinated the resolution on behalf of over one hundred individual shareholders, including members of those northern New South Wales communities where Santos plans to expand its controversial … Read more