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Australian parliament approves carbon tax cut

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has finally actioned his election promise to cut the country's carbon tax imposed by the previous Labor government in 2012. Yet the tax repeal seems counterproductive to Australia's commitment to cutting its carbon emissions by 5% from 2000 levels by 2020, and could potentially lead to an insurmountable challenge in six years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2014
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China acts to rebalance solar PV market

Many Chinese solar manufacturers are set to suffer a slow demise as government support is slashed.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2014
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Renewables under threat from methane hydrates

Supporters of renewable energy might feel confident that the future belongs to them. However, this confidence might be dented because there are signs that another major form of fossil fuel is approaching commercial viability.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Europe's solar panel spat with China gets serious

New tariffs imposed on solar panel imports to Europe have been described as "unfair" by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, hinting at an unnamable solution to the ongoing dispute and the likely escalation of a trade war with more losers than winners.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2013
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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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The EU ETS will require emissions to rise

As the cornerstone of EU emissions policy, the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will require emissions to rise to increase the price of carbon in order for the scheme to have the desired effect.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2013
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Oil prices heading down to new range

Brent crude oil prices - still important as the basis for pricing in the global energy system - are moving below $100 a barrel as a slide that began on April 1, 2013 gathers momentum. Datamonitor Energy believes that we are seeing a decisive move downward, not a temporary blip.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2013
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Solar panel manufacturers must be allowed to fail

Further to Datamonitor's reporting of the state of the solar PV industry in 2012 and the Chinese trade disputes, the inevitable contraction of the Chinese solar PV manufacturing industry is beginning as one of the country's largest manufacturers, Suntech Power, announces the bankruptcy of its main operating subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech. The Chinese government would be ill-advised to halt it.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2013
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CommentWire

Fracking may leak away emissions benefits

Fracking for natural gas has been regarded as a relatively low emission source of energy due to lower emissions levels from the burning of the gas compared to coal. However, leakage of methane from some natural gas fields, largely caused by fracking practices, has recently been measured at levels that eradicate these emissions benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2013
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What does Doha mean for European utilities?

As nations tiptoe toward a meaningful agreement, unwilling to make sacrifices before others commit, we can look at the Doha climate talks and assess what, if anything, has been achieved. A new Datamonitor report lays out a clear and thorough analysis of climate policies from Kyoto to the recent talks in Doha, and considers what the likely impacts will be for European utilities.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012

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