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Australian news, and some related international items

Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no — RenewEconomy

New report says Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee would fail in all of its stated goals, particularly that of boosting energy system security. On this, it says the approach proposed in the NEG “has no precedent in any power system anywhere, ever.”

via Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no — RenewEconomy

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Govt funding for environment languishes, as mining companies receive double the benefit in tax credits

Miners receive twice as much in tax credits as Australia spends on environment
Analysis shows federal and state environment spending cut while industry awarded $2.5bn in fuel tax credits, Guardian,  Adam Morton, 2 Feb 18, 

Mining companies will receive more than twice as much in fuel tax credits as the Turnbull government will spend on environment and biodiversity programs this financial year, an analysis has found.

Coalmining companies alone are expected to get more back than the diminishing funding allocated to the federal environment department.

The analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) found that, across commonwealth, state and territory governments, investment in environment and biodiversity programs was cut by 9% – from $6.95bn to $6.32bn – in the three years to 2016-17. Total budget spending rose by 10% in the same period, from $634.9bn to $701.5bn.

It adds to a weight of evidence that environment campaigners and political veterans say shows government support for environment protection is at its lowest ebb since before the landmark decisions to protect Kakadu, the Daintree rainforest and the Franklin river in the 1980s.

…….. The commonwealth’s state of the environment report last year found parts of Australia’s natural estate were in poor or deteriorating condition and there was insufficient public support for environmental management and restoration programs.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/02/miners-receive-twice-as-much-in-tax-credits-as-australia-spends-on-environment

February 3, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, environment, politics | Leave a comment

Total Eren has approval for huge battery at 200MW Victoria solar project — RenewEconomy

New player in Australian renewables market backed by one of world’s oil majors has big plans for solar and storage.

via Total Eren has approval for huge battery at 200MW Victoria solar project — RenewEconomy

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