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CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

WIN News TV on Queensland Energy Transformation Report

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Tim Buckley appears on Queensland WIN News to discuss CEF’s new Queensland Energy Transformation report. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

How these scientists are steering Australia to a solar panel breakthrough

SBS

Solar pioneers are exploring ways to replace conventional silicon solar panels with lighter and more efficient solar cells printed on flexible plastic films to disprove the thesis that Australia “doesn’t do” advanced manufacturing. Energy analyst at independent think tank Climate Energy Finance, Xuyang Dong, said clear policy targets had helped led China to yield more than 80 per cent of the world’s solar manufacturing capacity. She said Australia had the opportunity to capitalise on the manufacturing of emerging solar technologies through similar “hard” policy planning. “China’s central government sets energy goals, such as its renewable energy development targets in the 14th Five-Year Plan, which compels state-owned energy enterprises to undergo transformations in line with these policies. It’s not a recommendation, it’s a compulsory command,” Dong said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

ABC Radio Sunshine Coast with Tim Buckley

ABC Radio

Tim Buckley joins ABC Radio Sunshine Coast to discuss how Queensland’s Energy and Jobs Plan is bringing in a tidal wave of investment into large-scale renewables, as well as distributed energy resources. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

ABC Radio Brisbane with Tim Buckley and Kelly Higgins-Devine

ABC Radio

Tim Buckley joins Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss Climate Energy Finance’s new report analysing Queensland’s energy transformation, covering government investment, renewables, rooftop solar and energy prices. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

Tidal wave of capital transforms Queensland into renewables and critical minerals superpower

Renew Economy

The sunshine state is at the precipice of transforming from a legacy coal and gas petrostate to a renewable energy superpower. It is in the process of unleashing its once-in-a-century opportunity to lead the world in exporting decarbonised critical minerals and metals key to the global energy transition. As we find in our new CEF report, Queensland’s nation-leading investment into transmission, large-scale low-cost renewable energy and Consumer Energy Resources (CER) is crowding-in a tidal wave of public and private capital. Off the back of the state’s game-changing Energy and Jobs Plan, this is turbocharging the energy transition, reducing reliance on expensive, polluting fossil fuels and slashing household and commercial energy bills. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

Tidal wave of investment gives Queensland’s energy transition momentum

PV Magazine

Independent Australian think tank Climate Energy Finance (CEF) finds public and private capital is rapidly transitioning Queensland from its dependence on coal and methane gas for electricity generation. The findings were published today in a new report. Called the Queensland’s Energy Transformation: From Coal Colossus to Renewable Energy Superpower report, its key findings show renewables are the fast-growing energy source in the state’s grid, on track for its coal fleet to retire by 2035. State government policy, the report concludes, is attracting billions in private sector investment into renewable energy infrastructure. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2024

Acciona bets on Qld clean energy as NSW, Victoria lag

The Australian Financial Review

A new report by Climate Energy Finance, a Sydney-based think tank, praises Queensland’s energy and jobs plan, a climate, energy and future industries policy designed to eliminate the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. The report, Queensland’s Energy Transformation: From Coal Colossus to Renewable Energy Superpower, will be released Wednesday. It says the jobs plan, backed by a 75 per cent 2035 emissions reduction target, has put the state on “the precipice of a clean-tech revolution, one that well positions the state as a renewable energy and cleantech superpower”. “In an incredibly short timeframe, Queensland has pivoted from energy and climate laggard to a national leader in distributed rooftop solar and large-scale firmed renewables and infrastructure.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 20, 2024

Westender | From Coal Colossus to Renewables Superpower – New Report

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A new report by independent public interest think tank Climate Energy Finance (CEF) finds that Queensland’s nation-leading investment into transmission, large-scale, low-cost renewable energy and Consumer Energy Resources (CER) is crowding-in a tidal wave of both public and private capital. Leveraging Queensland’s game-changing $62bn Energy and Jobs Plan, this is turbocharging the state’s energy transition, reducing reliance on expensive, polluting fossil fuels and putting downward pressure on household and commercial energy bills. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 19, 2024

Action over rhetoric, calls to see PM’s ambition followed with funding

PV Magazine

Tim Buckley, the director of Climate Energy Finance, however expressed his fear on LinkedIn that the Australian Government would hide behind the rhetoric that Australia can’t afford to think big, in terms of the scale of the need and the massive intergenerational opportunity. Buckley calls for public-private partnerships with world-leading financial majors within and outside of Australia and with global industry leaders, the country’s biggest customers, citing China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Japan’s Panasonic & Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and India’s Reliance Industries Limited as examples. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 16, 2024

When everyone else lost power, Kate’s stayed on. Here’s why

The Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Buckley said Tuesday’s blackout shows why it is important the energy market diversify, particularly as climate change escalates and extreme weather becomes more extreme and more frequent. “Our power system needs to factor this in as part of sensible adaptation. Victoria, like Australia, is on notice. We need to plan and build in energy system resilience as a key priority, and invest in a modern, flexible grid that is future-proofed,” he said. Buckley added that thermal coal power plants were not part of that solution, instead they were the problem. “Australia’s world-leading distributed rooftop solar and battery residential systems can be built in a day, or for commercial properties, a month, at speed and scale,” he said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 15, 2024

Victoria’s power dilemma: Reliability, resilience and a 40-year-old plant

The Age

Grid expert Tim Buckley, director of Climate Energy Finance, said that when you had 30 per cent of Victoria’s power generation centred on a single, ageing facility, “you have a real concentration of risk”. “The idea that Loy Yang A is going to be operational 10 years from now is really remote,” Buckley said. “The engineers say it has a 40-year life asset. Forty years is next year, so any year beyond 2025 is a bonus year. “So we have critical point reliance on something that already next year reaches its end of useful life and we’re banking on it being held down for another decade. It’s already unreliable.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 15, 2024

Spectre of ‘climate wars’ looms in Queensland as LNP urged to back government’s emissions reduction target

The Guardian

Environmentalists have implored Queensland’s opposition party to “end the climate wars” by backing the government’s carbon emissions reduction target as renewables industry leaders also call for bipartisanship on the issue. Climate Energy Finance director, Tim Buckley, said the industry requires bipartisan support for long-term planning and security. “That means it’s got longevity and credibility and therefore it provides the investor certainty that is needed to really underpin the literally hundreds of billions of dollars of investments that are required to make this work,” Buckley said. Read more
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