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CEF in the media  |  Mar 1, 2023

Act now or ‘miss the boat’ on energy revolution: report


CEF’s critical minerals report with commentary by Tim Buckley and Dr Alan Finkel featured across 100+ mastheads via AAP. The report calls for urgent action, policy ambition and private investment to leverage Australia’s lucrative opportunity to lead the world in mining, refining and making clean energy products, as it identifies Australia’s “once in a century” opportunity to process critical minerals and manufacture onshore, powered by our abundant renewable energy. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Mar 1, 2023

OP ED | How Australia can become a value-adding renewables superpower

The Australian Financial Review

Former chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel on CEF’s new critical minerals report, noting Australia is well-positioned to establish itself as a superpower in the global shift from petrostates to electrostates. Electrostates will be those countries that supply energy transition materials such as critical minerals, or supply renewable energy. Dr Finkel says Australia can be both. With clear direction and heightened ambition from the new government, Australia can be a leading supplier of critical minerals and decarbonised products as the world undertakes its shift to the zero emissions future. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 28, 2023

Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Cheaper Solar Panels in 2023

Energy Matters

Tim Buckley forecasts a 10 per cent annual module price reduction over the next decade, with his confidence is driven by the increase in the production capacity of PVs in China, which will likely triple by the end of this year. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 25, 2023

The great stock ’n’ coal swindle

The Monthly

In this feature on the flaws in the carbon offsets available under the Safeguard Mechanism emissions reduction framework applying to Australia’s biggest emitters, Tim Buckley notes that fossil-fuel multinationals operating in Australia made $120 to $140 billion gross profit last year alone on exports of Australian LNG and coal. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 22, 2023

OP ED | Safeguard mechanism needs work but is still a win

Canberra Times

While the federal government’s safeguard mechanism reform is flawed – in particular, offsets should be strictly limited – it does provide the policy architecture for a high permanent price on carbon – essential to driving decarbonisation, alongside the suite of policy initiatives designed to accelerate the energy transition. After 10 years of LNP failure, this is a massive win. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2023

OP ED | Grid operator needs to dial in EVs to support huge pipeline of wind, solar and storage

Renew Economy

AEMO’s electricity opportunities update today confirms significant progress on grid decarbonisation in the last 6 months – with a staggering 209GW of new firmed renewables worth > A$250 billion in the pipeline – coupled with the urgent need for accelerating investment in generation, long-duration storage and transmission to ensure supply over the next decade. The acceleration of long delayed deployment of EVs and charging networks also means it’s time for AEMO to start modelling EV-to-grid charging opportunities. With ~20 million EVs in Australia within two decades, this equates to a collective new asset base of 800 gigawatt hours of batteries. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 21, 2023

Electricity shortages predicted from 2027, with threats of blackouts on east coast

Channel 9 News

Tim Buckley comments on today’s release by the Australian Energy Market Operator of its electricity market update, noting there has been significant progress on decarbonising the energy grid in the past six months, with a 209 gigawatt pipeline of new firmed renewables proposals worth over $250 billion, highlighting the massive regional employment and investment opportunities from decarbonisation – but also observing the urgent need for further capacity investment to offset exiting fossil fuels. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 18, 2023

Can carbon offsets land a blow on climate change?

Sydney Morning Herald

The price on carbon in the safeguard mechanism will be capped at $75/tonne, increasing annually by CPI plus 2 per cent to a possible $100 by 2030. Tim Buckley notes this means that by 2030 the companies that own the polluting facilities can either invest in new clean technologies or processes, or cop a collective $4.9 billion annual hit, which will double again to $9 billion by 2035. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 16, 2023

Bowen says no to coal and gas ban, yes to more “sensible” discussions with Greens

Renew Economy

Tim Buckley comments as the Greens decline to support federal Safeguard Mechanism reforms unless the government commits to banning new coal and gas: while “any argument that Australia needs new coal and gas supplies is pure fossil fuel spin” there is a need for a well regulated carbon market, complete with high quality offsets. “People are underestimating the financial benefit of getting a high, regulated price on carbon into the Australian economy. That is a massive win.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 16, 2023

Renew Economy webinar

Renew Economy

Tim Buckley joins Renew Economy editor Giles Parkinson, and Lisa Balk and Ed Ahmed from Grid Beyond, in this webinar presentation exploring “Crisis, contingencies and the green energy transition”. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 16, 2023

Solar panel prices are tipped to fall after years of increases, so when’s the best time to buy?

ABC online

Tim Buckley predicts 10 per cent annual solar module price reductions over the next decade, with prices falling and the speed of the fall accelerating as existing global solar PV annual production capacity triples by the end of the year, with most of the new capacity in China. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Feb 15, 2023

Australian carbon credit prices weaken amid pushback against emissions scheme reform

S&P Global

Tim Buckley on the Safeguard Mechanism debate: “Australian industry now knows action is inevitable, but they have largely failed to prepare or plan for this, given the energy and climate policy chaos of the last decade. So the affected players are saying they need offsets at least initially because they realistically have ignored the science and failed till now to prepare.” Read more

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