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IEEFA: Australian government emissions projections show 44% of coal capacity will close by 2030

IEEFA: Australian government emissions projections show 44% of coal capacity will close by 2030

Government must acknowledge additional coal closures and prepare to support affected communities and workers

9 December (IEEFA Australia): The Australian Government’s Emissions Projections show that 5 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired generation capacity will close earlier than indicated by the current official schedule published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), according to a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The projections from […]

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

More pragmatic focus would be incentivising industry and modernizing the grid

8 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): A new tax on EV users is unnecessary as the Australian (Commonwealth) government is well placed to deal with the potential revenue impact of the inevitable move to electric vehicles, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Global automotive manufacturers have committed almost […]

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

Seven important lessons for energy planners around the globe in transitioning grids from fossil fuels to renewables

3 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): South Australia offers vital lessons for other jurisdictions transitioning from a fossil fuel-based electricity grid to a low emissions, high renewables grid, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The proportion of South Australia’s electricity demand met by large scale and small scale variable […]

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

There are other solutions to minimum demand issues in the grid

28 April 2021 (IEEFA Australia): New measures allowing rooftop solar systems in South Australia to be remotely switched off without householders’ knowledge has set a worrying precedent, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The rooftop solar cut-off measures give energy authorities powers to switch off […]

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 heading to a 'dead end'

The Australian Government’s obsession with wasting taxpayers’ money on gas is leading Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 to a “dead end”, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report finds that all indicators show Australian consumers and the country’s main export customers will use less gas […]

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

Planned fossil fuel exit by the world’s largest coal port is paralysed by lending constraints and a secret NSW government deal

The Port of Newcastle’s planned exit from fossil fuels suffered further setback last month after ANZ withdrew financing from the terminal, presently the world’s largest port for exporting thermal coal. ANZ had previously been a major lender to the port, however divested its position during the latest round of refinancing of approximately A$900 million in […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

Several coal power plants in the National Electricity Market likely to be financially unviable by 2025

24 February 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Several of the 16 coal power plants in the National Electricity Market (NEM) will be financially unviable and at least one is likely to face closure several years sooner than planned due to coal plants’ poor flexibility and inability to adapt to a rapid influx of renewable energy, finds a new […]

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

Setting a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 would maximise employment, investment and export opportunities

11 December 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Australia must align itself with the global push to go carbon-neutral to maintain strong trade in a net zero emissions world, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) notes in its submission in support of a new climate change bill before the Australian parliament. The bill, introduced by Zali Steggall, […]

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Neoen launches commercial operations at Bulgana Green Power Hub

Energy Storage News: Neoen has started full commercial operations at its Bulgana Green Power Hub in the state of Victoria, Australia, which includes a 20MW / 34MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) paired with a 204MW wind farm.  The France-headquartered renewables developer and independent power producer (IPP) brought its latest project in Australia to feature […]

January 6, 2022 Read More →

World’s largest coal port to be totally powered by renewable energy

The Guardian: The world’s largest coal port has announced it will now be powered entirely by renewable energy. The announcement from Port of Newcastle comes as coal power generation in Australia’s national electricity market fell to its lowest level in the final three months of 2021. Though the port continues to export an average of […]

January 5, 2022 Read More →

BlueFloat, Energy Estate plan 4.3 gigawatts of Australia offshore wind

Renew Economy: Australia’s push into offshore wind projects is about to accelerate, with Spanish firm BlueFloat Energy and Australia’s Energy Estate announcing plans to partner in the development of at least 4,300MW of offshore wind capacity in Australian waters. The partners announced on Wednesday that projects are being proposed at two of New South Wales’ […]

December 22, 2021 Read More →

Neoen begins work on big battery in Australian Capital Territory

Renew Economy: French renewables and battery storage developer Neoen says it has begun construction of a 100MW/200MWh big battery in the Australian Capital Territory, after doubling the size of the project because of emerging market opportunities. Neoen is Australia’s most successful investor in battery storage, having built the original “Tesla big battery” at the Hornsdale […]

December 14, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Australian government emissions projections show 44% of coal capacity will close by 2030
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IEEFA: Australian government emissions projections show 44% of coal capacity will close by 2030

Government must acknowledge additional coal closures and prepare to support affected communities and workers

9 December (IEEFA Australia): The Australian Government’s Emissions Projections show that 5 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired generation capacity will close earlier than indicated by the current official schedule published by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), according to a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The projections from […]

Largest battery storage installation in Australia opens in Victoria

Renew Economy: The Victorian Big Battery, the biggest battery storage installation in Australia, and one of the biggest in the world, has been officially opened and is now operating at full capacity, just 12 months after being awarded its landmark contract. The 300MW/450MWh facility, which will play a key role in keeping the lights on […]

December 8, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Update: A national EV policy and other steps towards electrifying Australia

IEEFA Update: A national EV policy and other steps towards electrifying Australia

The sun will power much of our future – policy and regulation for electrifying Australia must embrace distributed energy resources

Amid global coal and gas price volatility, electrifying Australia via rooftop solar is the clear winner in the race to lowest cost energy. Critics who claimed economies of scale were lacking when Australia started subsidising household rooftop solar, maintaining the focus should be on large-scale solar, overlooked the economics of co-location generation and load. Put […]

South Australia grid only one step away from 100 percent renewables

Renew Economy: In the transition to a world free of fossil fuels, all eyes should be on developments in South Australia, because it is here that skeptics about wind and solar are being defied, and where the local grid is just one step away from being able to operate with no fossil fuels in the […]

December 1, 2021 Read More →

Australia states pushing back against federal rejection of renewables

Renew Economy: Two new reports have highlighted the critical role Australian states and territories continue to play in driving renewables uptake around the country, at the same time as the federal government has consistently undermined investor confidence in the market. The first report from WWF-Australia, ranks the progress of federal, state and territory governments in […]

November 30, 2021 Read More →

Natural gas use falls to record low levels in South Australia grid

Renew Economy: The South Australian grid has witnessed yet another step change in its world-leading transition to 100 per cent renewables, with the market operator dialling the output of the state’s gas generators down to unprecedented low levels. South Australia often runs at more than 100 per cent renewables, with the excess supply sent to […]

November 29, 2021 Read More →