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CEF in the media  |  Sep 10, 2023

How Mark McGowan pressured the EPA boss to remove WA’s tough emissions targets in one brief phone call

ABC online

Climate analyst Tim Buckley said the EPA “courageously” attempted to tackle the climate challenge when there was a policy vacuum at a national level. He said withdrawal of the guidelines meant there had been four years of inaction with the federal government only just implementing an effective safeguard mechanism, when in reality the original policy wouldn’t have cost the industry much at all to comply with. “The burden on the industry is nothing compared to the profits the industry makes,” Mr Buckley said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 7, 2023

‘Extend’ Eraring, then bet big on rooftop solar and batteries

The Australian Financial Review

Tim Buckley has a menu of “no regrets” investments in renewables that NSW Energy Minister Sharpe and the Treasurer Mookhey should consider regardless of Eraring. They include: backing with front-loaded finance and accelerated planning approvals 1200MW of utility scale renewables and 1200MW of distributed (customer-owned) renewables each year until 2030; accelerating the rollout of rooftop solar and batteries in public housing and schools across NSW; accelerating the frequency and ambition of Renewable Energy Zones auctions; cajoling NSW transmission and distribution companies to use tech company Neara to identify existing spare grid capacity for new renewables to be plugged in (it reckons there’s room for 10,000MW); and accelerating electrification for rentals and behind-the-meter batteries. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 7, 2023

NSW raises coal royalties, adding $2.7b to future budget

PV Magazine

While the usual suspects, including the National Party, railed against the move, it has been welcomed by many in the clean energy industries, including think tank Climate Energy Finance (CEF). Its Director, Tim Buckley, said: “CEF prefers the Queensland government’s progressive royalty approach, which only applies in full less than once a decade or or even more infrequently, at times of coal export sector superprofits, but an increased share in NSW to guarantee a fairer return to public coffers is definitely a good start.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 6, 2023

Government says coal royalty increase will ensure a ‘fair return’

The Newcastle Herald

The director of the public interest think tank Climate Energy Finance, Tim Buckley, described the move as “politically courageous”. The think tank had been advocating for the introduction of a progressive coal royalty scheme, similar to what has been introduced in Queensland. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 6, 2023

NSW follows Queensland lead by hiking coal royalties for first time in 15 years

InQLD

Climate Energy Finance founder Tim Buckley said the northern state ran the preferred model, which delivered major windfalls at times of high prices while easing pressure on producers when prices were low. “(We have) long been calling for a progressive NSW coal royalty scheme to generate revenues for alleviation of cost-of-living pressures and energy poverty in the state, following the leadership of Queensland,” he said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 6, 2023

NSW Government in talks to extend life of Eraring coal plant

Power Technology

The New South Wales (NSW) State Government has entered talks with Origin Energy to discuss extending the life of Australia’s largest coal-fired power station. The move comes after the nation’s grid operator flagged concerns of energy shortfalls over the next ten years as it retires 62% of its coal power fleet. Tim Buckley, director at the think tank Climate Energy Finance, was critical of the proposals for the Eraring plant stating: “The idea that a 50-year-old plant can just be extended without serious risk of catastrophic failure is ridiculous.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 6, 2023

About time: NSW hailed for finally hiking coal royalties to raise $2.7bn

Renew Economy

Climate Energy Finance director Tim Buckley prefers Queensland’s progressive approach over the flat NSW tax as it allows the government to participate in periods of super profits. “But an increased share in NSW to guarantee a fairer return to public coffers is definitely a good start,” he said. “The previous flat 6-8 per cent coal export royalty rate in NSW was long overdue for review and uplift. “It is imperative that the revenue generated is not used to subsidise the continued operation of coal power in the state, including the end-of-life Eraring coal power station due for closure in 2025, but applied to reduce cost of living pressures and support essential services, as per the government’s commitments made today.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 6, 2023

Billions to bolster NSW budget with coal tax hike

AAP

Climate Energy Finance founder Tim Buckley said the northern state ran the preferred model, which delivered major windfalls at times of high prices while easing pressure on producers when prices were low. “(We have) long been calling for a progressive NSW coal royalty scheme to generate revenues for alleviation of cost-of-living pressures and energy poverty in the state, following the leadership of Queensland,” he said. Read more
Media Releases  |  Sep 6, 2023

MEDIA RELEASE | Nsw Coal Royalty Boost Shows Government Standing Up To Coal Lobby To Act In Public Interest

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CEF welcomes and applauds the politically courageous announcement by the Minns government in NSW today that it will increase the state’s coal royalties to generate a total of $2.7 billion for NSW over four years from 2024. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 5, 2023

Eraring closure – Radio interview

ABC 702 Sydney

What is the real cost to transition? The cost of retaining Eraring for an additional 1-2 years would be $200-$400 per year. Eraring has no long term supply locked in beyond 2025, therefore will pay export price parity for coal supply. Locking in coal infrastructure will slow down the transition to renewables. We need to accelerate the deployment of low cost, zero emissions, replacement capacity, not continue with an unreliable coal clunker. Coal subsidies will crowd out replacement capacity that would otherwise permanently solve the problem. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 5, 2023

Eraring extension on National Nine News

Channel 9 News

There are concerns that current construction market pressures could delay the rollout of wind, solar, and battery projects needed to plug supply gaps when Eraring comes offline in 2025. “It’s sensible to look at what alternatives $200-$400m/yr provide for New South Wales citizens,” Tim Buckley. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Sep 5, 2023

NSW’s Eraring move shakes upBrookfield’s $18.7b Origin tilt

Capital Brief

Energy analyst Tim Buckley contests O’Reilly and AEMO’s views on the ability of Eraring to boost electricity system reliability. “Extending the life of a coal clunker that is one of the oldest power plants in the electricity system is not a way to boost reliability.” Keeping Eraring open will generate around 9 million tonnes of additional CO2 emissions a year — around 2.8% of Australia’s total — and cost $1.2 billion to offset via the purchase of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs), a recent Nexa Advisory report found. Read more
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