Environment groups say they'll keep working after the federal approval of the Narrabri gas project; rooftop solar could double by the end of 2024; and Angus Taylor continues the government's shift toward "net zero as soon as possible".
Energy Minister Angus Taylor rejects report on gas decline; the government announces a consortium for work with Germany on hydrogen; and the ESB progresses changes to the retailer reliability obligation to energy ministers for final approval.
Scott Morrison faces increased pressure on net zero emissions in trade talks; Liberal MP Matt Kean says the market is backing decarbonisation, and politics should get out of the way; and Labor's bid to cancel Shine Energy's federal grant fails.
The government plans to remove the Clean Energy Finance Corporation's 50% renewables investment requirement, which department officials say is limiting its ability to invest in energy efficiency and other projects.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison launches his gas recovery plan, plus interconnector fast tracking; Labor backs away from a 2030 emissions target; and buy now, pay later will be allowed for solar panels after an Australian Competition Tribunal ruling.
Australia's hydrogen carbon certification needs to be both simple and internationally aligned; Anthony Albanese says Australia should position itself as a renewable super power; and the ESB looks at tightening the Retailer Reliability Obligation trigger this summer.
DISER officials unable to answer MP's questions about the A$3.6m Shine Energy grant; Mark Butler and Angus Taylor exchange criticism over CEFC bill; and Victoria will run a second VRET reverse auction as part of plan to encourage new renewable generation.
Large-scale renewables are in retreat everywhere except Queensland; Australian electric vehicle sales tripled in 2019, but the dearth of policy is still holding us back; and Santos says gas contracts can't come down to spot netback prices.
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