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CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Eraring and Loy Yang A coal closure wrangles show need for hard renewable targets

Renew Economy

Environmental activists point out that paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to keep Eraring open is not needed, and that two reports – including “The Lights Will Stay On” by the Climate Energy Finance and “Earing can be closed on schedule” by Nexa Advisory – outline why and how Eraring should close on time. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 22, 2023

Giant coal-fired power station should stay open, NSW review finds

The Australian Financial Review

Clean energy investors said delaying the closure of the generator could crimp new investment in new clean energy projects and blow out Australia’s emissions target and budget. “Australia cannot afford to have that at this time,” said Simon Corbell, chief executive of the Clean Energy Investor Group, representing investors with about 11 gigawatts of installed renewables capacity. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 18, 2023

Climate and Energy Finance: Awakening the Sleeping Giant 

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An extended interview with Tim Buckley on the Utopia Now! podcast covering why finance is important for mitigating the ecological and climate crisis, how the green energy transition is going, whether we are decarbonising fast enough, and government capture by fossil fuel interests amongst other topics. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 18, 2023

OP ED | All carrot, no stick: What Australia can learn from US approach to renewables

Renew Economy

On the first anniversary of the game-changing US Inflation Reduction that has turbocharged energy transition there and triggered a global race to the top, Tim Buckley and Blair Palese review its top 5 impacts and the top 5 actions Australia should take to respond. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 10, 2023

AGL upbeat about big loss

ABC Radio National PM

CEF in the media  |  Aug 2, 2023

VNI West controversy continues

AAP

Tim Buckley said reconfiguring the transmission grid would increase reliability and is key for decarbonisation and a shift away from fossil fuel commodity volatility. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Aug 2, 2023

OP ED | It’s time to power up from a petrostate to an electrostate

The Australian Financial Review

The Productivity Commission report is a misreading of the implications for Australia of a profound global geopolitical shift already underway: unprecedented government intervention by the United States, European Union, Canada, South Korea, Japan and a growing list of other economies to reposition themselves in the accelerating global energy transition, rebuild manufacturing onshore, and secure clean-tech supply chains against China’s decade-long head start. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 31, 2023

Emission control: Just how viable is Victoria’s move to ban gas in new homes

Stockhead

As Victoria bans methane gas in new homes, Tim Buckley notes the rollout of green hydrogen is facing its own challenges. Whilst Australia’s $2bn Hydrogen Headstart scheme, set to start in fiscal 2027, has been touted to kick start the hydrogen economy, Tim Buckley warned that handing out money is not an economical or long-term solution. “Subsidies are time limited, which means they are limited in their effectiveness and nature. The industry is not going to be viable absent those subsidies. You ultimately need a price on carbon,, where companies would do the right thing or pay tax for doing the wrong thing, in this case carbon emissions.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 29, 2023

The gas industry used to be unassailable in Australia: not any more

The Sydney Morning Herald

As Victoria bans gas in new homes, Tim Buckley says the decision signals a broader shift in attitudes towards gas. Having sold Australian gas offshore more cheaply than it did domestically the industry is losing its social license. It is now an easier target for reform by governments determined to cut greenhouse gas emissions and household costs. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 28, 2023

Power Up: Renewables are hammering down electricity prices

Stockhead

Tim Buckley said: “Application approvals of new zero-emissions replacement capacity in FY2023 trebled to 7 gigawatts (GW) vs the previous two years, but we are still not seeing grid transmission and planning access bottlenecks removed. There is a record 30GW of new renewable energy capacity now in the connection pipeline, but just 3GW was completed in FY2023. We need to see the rate of completions double to replace end-of-life coal power station capacity inevitably and predictably coming offline.” Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 28, 2023

AEMO quarterly energy report sees a drop in electricity prices

Energy Monitor

AEMO reports the June quarter wholesale electricity prices are down 59 per cent year-on-year. That is a major relief after 18 months of unprecedented fossil fuel hyperinflation,” Tim Buckley said. Read more
CEF in the media  |  Jul 28, 2023

AEMO Quarterly Energy Dynamics report

ABC NewsRadio

As Tim Buckley says, AEMO’s report shows electricity prices are down as fossil fuel hyperinflation driven by war profiteering of coal and gas producers moderates and renewables start to come online. Wholesale electricity in the June quarter have dropped 59% in the June quarter year on year. Read more
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