Angus Taylor and Mark Butler both see clean energy opportunity for Australia; a solar tariff reform proposal has proven "hugely controversial"; and Victoria's energy efficiency program has avoided 57 million tonnes of greenhouse gases.
The government's technology roadmap, which it may struggle to pass through the Senate, missed EVs and energy efficiency; independent Helen Haines releases her A$483m regional renewables policy; and China announces a 'carbon neutral' plan for 2060.
Hydrogen, batteries, green steel, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon are the big roadmap winners; voters aren't keen on a gas recovery; and the second round of Victorian energy auctions could buy battery services, not just renewables.
The Prime Minister insists gas "chose itself" ahead of the government's technology roadmap release; research says Marinus Link could drive up Tasmanian power prices; and Glencore says its huge Queensland coal project can't be blocked by UniSuper.
Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon says the party should "help" the government enact its energy policy; optional contracts dominate 11th ERF auction; and UniSuper won't divest its fossil fuel holdings, though it backs net zero by 2050.
ARENA's new funding, and expanded remit, draw bouquets and brickbats; the government is considering the Million Jobs Plan as part of its pre-Budget process; and energy market participants can keep cooperating until March due to Covid-19.
Angus Taylor argues industry critics of the government's gas plan just want to keep prices high; Anthony Albanese says Labor is working on medium term emission targets; and the Liddell Taskforce report pushes for policy certainty.
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