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Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 19, 2024

OP ED | Coalition’s Taxpayer-Funded Nuclear ‘Policy’ a Road to Ruin

While the Coalition has failed to release any detail or costings, today we have confirmation that if it gets into office, Australians will be paying a multibillion dollar “nukebuilder” tax for generations to come by being forced to front the cash for a national buildout of government-owned nuclear reactors across 7 locations, including on the sites of former coal-fired power stations. It beggars belief that Opposition Leader Peter Dutton proposes nationalising a nuclear public debt bomb and detonating it at the heart of energy policy in this country. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 14, 2024


The Federal Government has announced $21.0bn of new funding initiatives under the Future Made in Australia Act strategic framework in Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ 2024-2025 Federal Budget last night. Adding to the ~$45bn of capital support in the 2023 budget, this is another substantial downpayment on the $100bn of new capital and budget support needed this decade to drive investment in zero emissions industries of the future for Australia. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Apr 24, 2024

OP ED | More Emissions is Not Less Emissions: Woodside AGM Sees ‘Climate Action Plan’ Torpedoed by Heavyweight Investors

This week’s voting down of Woodside Energy’s misnamed Climate Transition Action Plan at the oil and gas giant’s 70th AGM is historic. It represents a milestone in shareholder activism – and a clarion call that the tide is turning on laggard fossil fuel majors that fail to responsibly and credibly address the greatest single risk they face: climate change. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Mar 28, 2024

REPORT | More coal subsidies to extend Eraring?  Heads, Origin wins; Tails, taxpayers lose

CEF’s new report reveals taxpayers would be on the hook for $150m per year in subsidies to Origin Energy to keep ageing coal clunker Eraring operating beyond its planned closure date in August 2025, and confirms there is enough renewable capacity in the pipeline to offset the closure. Read more

 |  Mar 5, 2024

OP ED | Nuclear energy is not viable in Australia

As the LNP ramps up its campaign for nuclear energy in Australia, we write that the nuclear furphy deters renewable energy investor confidence & increases sovereign risk as it betrays the Australian people Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 21, 2024

OP ED | Here we go again: Rooftop PV + SMRs + CCS the latest ploy in the Coalition’s ‘disrupt and delay’ handbook

Here we go again – the latest salvo from the climate laggards of the National Party designed to disrupt and delay Australia’s accelerating clean energy revolution. This time, it is couched in the tactically crafty but deeply cynical and flawed view that distributed renewables – minus utility-scale – are the solution to electricity grid decarbonisation. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 21, 2024

REPORT | Queensland’s Energy Transformation: From Coal Colossus to Renewable Energy Superpower

An analysis of Queensland’s current energy grid and its transition from FY24 to FY36, modelling the impacts of large-scale and distributed energy generation and storage to meet Queensland’s renewable energy and emissions reduction targets. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 14, 2024

OP ED | Massive Victorian blackout a copybook illustration of need to build energy system resilience & accelerate transition to firmed renewables

Yesterday afternoon storms damaged power lines across Victoria taking all four generators at AGL’s massive end-of-life 2,210 megawatt (MW) coal-fired Loy Yang A power station offline as part of a cascading series of events, and with it 30% of the state’s power supply. This is a massive wake up call on the unreliability of ailing coal clunkers and the need to transition to firmed renewables. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 5, 2024

GUEST POST | Northern Beaches (Sydney) Indoor Sports Centre: A Case Study in Commercial and Industry (C&I) Rooftop Solar

Guest contributor Owen Evans breaks down a C&I solar project and the cost saving benefits. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 1, 2024

REPORT | CEF’s activities and impacts report July-Dec 2023

A full overview of our work and impacts across our program areas for the 6 months July-Dec 2023 Read more

Submissions |  |  Jan 30, 2024

Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25

The world is in a technology, trade and finance race as the energy transition takes hold and we grapple with the growing impacts of climate change and climate risk. Australia has one of the biggest investment, employment, and net export opportunities this century, but only if we proactively build a strategic national response proportional to the investment opportunity. In our submission with Climate Capital Forum, we call for a major public policy shift, at scale, to set the right market signals and strategically leverage the national balance sheet, and selectively provide public budget support to unlock and crowd-in private capital. Read more


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