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Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 13, 2023

REPORT | Solar pivot: A massive global solar boom is disrupting energy markets and speeding the transition

As CEF’s new report details, we are seeing massive global solar momentum on three related fronts: rapid ongoing solar price deflation, multifold increases in solar manufacturing capacity and successive record solar deployments. This is coupled with the surge in electric vehicles, battery supply chains and most recently, the massive new opportunities to ‘electrify everything’. In CEF’s view this creates the conditions for a series of global cascading energy, transport and industry tipping points that have the potential to dramatically accelerate the decline of the incumbent fossil fuel industry, and the decarbonisation of the world economy. The economics of solar power are now compelling, and will only get stronger this decade. Our new report tracks progress in China – which is leading by a huge margin – the US, the EU, India and Australia, and includes key recommendations for Australia to leverage its potential as a renewables superpower. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 6, 2023

POSITION PAPER | Five urgent reforms to boost Australia’s climate finance in a rapidly decarbonising world

In this new position paper, Janaline Oh, executive director of Diplomats for Climate Action, and CEF director Tim Buckley identify 5 urgent finance reforms the federal government should put in place so as to mobilise capital at the scale and speed needed to secure Australia’s opportunity to position itself as a critical minerals and energy transition leader in a rapidly decarbonising world – including leveraging our world leading super capital pool and our nation-building, infrastructure and energy transition funding authorities such as the Future Fund and Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 31, 2023

MONTHLY CHINA ENERGY UPDATES | China remains massively ahead in global cleantech investment during slow economic growth

China remains ahead in leading global cleantech investment during its domestic renewable energy expansion. While the investment in renewables is unevenly split across the world, China continues to mobilise capital to the Global South to help developing countries in energy transition. 2023 is the tipping point for China to peak its coal use as well as its emissions. Australia should seize this opportunity to work with China, as well as other countries, in order to become a renewable superpower. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 29, 2023

OP ED | Large fossil fuel power producers pivot to push into Australian offshore wind

JERA and Beach, two fossil fuel dinosaurs, announce a strategic pivoting into offshore wind, leveraging their financial firepower and offshore engineering expertise, respectively, to capitalise on this major new renewable energy opportunity in offshore wind in Australia. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 26, 2023

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Landmark Aus-US Climate, Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Transformation Compact

We track the key energy news of the last fortnight, including the new Aus-US compact which will potentially make Australian companies and projects eligible for funding under the ~$800bn US Inflation Reduction Act. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 25, 2023

OP ED | Australian Energy Regulator flags electricity price spikes half those expected without December 2022 Albanese federal government intervention 

As AER flags significant electricity price hikes from July 1, we note that these increases are half what they would have been without the federal government intervention to cap wholesale coal and gas prices in December 2022, as AER acknowledged. Our expectation is that retail prices may have peaked, and we look at the prospects for power prices against the backdrop of the rise of deflationary renewables and global race to decarbonisation. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 24, 2023

OP ED | New green energy surges past coal in China

As CEF China energy policy analyst Xuyang Dong writes, renewables are now leading China’s newly added power capacity for the first time, even as new coal power plants continue to come online. During the first quarter of 2023, China added a record 50 GW of RE capacity. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 21, 2023

CEF ANALYSIS | LANDMARK AUS-US CLIMATE, CRITICAL MINERALS AND CLEAN ENERGY COMPACT 

Overnight, US President Biden and Australian PM Albanese announced a groundbreaking bilateral agreement which will increase cooperation between the two countries on energy transition, with a focus on critical minerals and cleantech supply chain. Read our initial analysis of what this means for Australia, especially in the context of the massive $800bn US inflation Reduction Act turbocharging energy transition there. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 16, 2023

DEVELOPING NEW GAS PROJECTS IS 100% THE WRONG ANSWER: Response to Australian Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King’s address to APPEA conference

As APPEA members and lobbyists gather for the annual gas shills’ jamboree and talkfest, we take a forensic look at Resources Minister Madeleine King’s keynote address, and deconstruct the baseless claim that we need more gas – when what we need is a fast, dramatic and wholesale pivot to value-adding critical minerals and energy transition materials onshore, backed by a landmark injection of public investment. With the world responding to the game-changing $1tn US Inflation Reduction Act, we delay, we lose. And the train is leaving the station. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 16, 2023

BNP Paribas policy excluding new oil and gas flags capital shift to decarbonisation

Last week, BNP Paribas (BNPP) released its oil and gas financing policy committing the bank to excluding the financing of new oil and gas fields, and making it the second largest bank in the world, after HSBC, to make such a commitment. This builds on BNPP’s target of January 2023 that by 2030, low-carbon energies would account for 4/5 of the Group’s financing for energy production. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 12, 2023

CEF NEWS UPDATE | Our Budget wrap, China renewables surge and more

We take a close look at Budget 2023/24, finding the new $4bn in funding around renewables leaves us short of the capital needed to position Australia as a cleantech superpower and respond to the US IRA, as new figures from China show a staggering surge in RE installs Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 10, 2023

ANALYSIS | Federal Budget 2023/24

The Federal Budget is a mixed bag for climate and energy with a serious case of underreach on fixing the failed PRRT gas tax, but some good policy and funding progress on a National Net Zero Authority, energy bill relief and home and business electrification, and measures to respond to the global race to renewables, such as $2bn for a green Hydrogen Headstart program – all in the context of a massive surprise $4.2bn surplus. However, we need to see more fiscal ambition to respond to game-changing international policy and funding reforms such as the US Inflation Reduction Act that are turbocharging global energy transition. Read more

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