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Conservative UK government is considering a carbon tax, in its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Times 9th Oct 2020, Rishi Sunak is examining proposals for a UK-wide carbon tax that could
raise billions of pounds while encouraging the drive towards net-zero emissions. The chancellor is seeking to replace existing EU carbon-reduction schemes with the new tax when the transition period  finishes at the end of the year.
Treasury officials are also looking at longer-term proposals to extend the tax to other areas including domestic gas and agriculture, which could raise more than £25 billion by 2030, supporters say.
A Whitehall source said Mr Sunak saw the idea as a way of “raising revenue while cutting emissions”. Another added that the idea was getting “increasing traction” across government. However, the movehas alarmed some environmental groups who fear a carbon tax could become subject to political pressure, like fuel duty, which could make it less likely that Britain meets its 2050 net-zero target.
Guy Newey, strategy director at Energy Systems Catapult, said a coherent strategy was needed.
“The danger with relying solely on a carbon tax is that no one believes politicians will not scrap it when things get tough, so no one invests. A cap and trade scheme that guarantees an outcome, alongside regulation and innovation support, is much more likely to lead to cuts in emissions.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/sunak-plans-carbon-emissions-tax-to-help-rebuild-economy-jbl3gs993

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October 9 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Breathing Life Back Into Cities: Improving Air Quality And Equity Through Recovery Efforts” • Rocky Mountain Institute  released an analysis outlining four strategies for advancing both air quality and equity that cities can use to build back better from the pandemic, the economic downturn, and a growing reckoning with racial injustice. […]

October 9 Energy News — geoharvey

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Up to 20,000 new clean energy jobs up for grabs as Queensland readies to vote — RenewEconomy

A new Climate Council report says renewable energy zones, clean manufacturing and renewable exports provide political leaders a chance to create thousands of new jobs. The post Up to 20,000 new clean energy jobs up for grabs as Queensland readies to vote appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Up to 20,000 new clean energy jobs up for grabs as Queensland readies to vote — RenewEconomy

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GRS, present and future of the photovoltaic EPC in Australia — RenewEconomy

With a track record of 360 MW awarded, four projects and a robust pipeline of another 320 MW, GRS has become one of the leading EPC contractor of solar farms in Australia. The post GRS, present and future of the photovoltaic EPC in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

GRS, present and future of the photovoltaic EPC in Australia — RenewEconomy

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Solar Insiders Podcast: Rooftop PV still booming, and Australia’s biggest solar garden — RenewEconomy

Small scale rooftop solar PV installations are heading towards 3GW in 2020, despite Covid-19, and we talk to April Crawford-Smith about Australia’s biggest solar garden. The post Solar Insiders Podcast: Rooftop PV still booming, and Australia’s biggest solar garden appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Solar Insiders Podcast: Rooftop PV still booming, and Australia’s biggest solar garden — RenewEconomy

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How “flexible exports” could convince more big energy users to install rooftop solar — RenewEconomy

An Energy Queensland network trial focusing on accommodating more, and smarter commercial solar has quietly shown the way on how it may work for consumers. The post How “flexible exports” could convince more big energy users to install rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

How “flexible exports” could convince more big energy users to install rooftop solar — RenewEconomy

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Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s biggest hybrid wind and solar farm — RenewEconomy

Construction begins at Australia’s biggest wind and solar hybrid projects in South Australia, another key step towards state Liberal government target of net 100% renewables. The post Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s biggest hybrid wind and solar farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Iberdrola begins construction of Australia’s biggest hybrid wind and solar farm — RenewEconomy

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“Lines to nowhere:” Taylor mocks ISP and Labor’s $20bn grid plan — RenewEconomy

Taylor dismissed Labor’s promised $20 billion to support AEMO’s transition blueprint, describing it as “lines to nowhere” that will cause lights to go out. The post “Lines to nowhere:” Taylor mocks ISP and Labor’s $20bn grid plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Lines to nowhere:” Taylor mocks ISP and Labor’s $20bn grid plan — RenewEconomy

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Federal budget has failed on climate, but Victoria can lead a clean recovery — RenewEconomy

After the federal government’s failure to tackle the multiple challenges we face, Victorians look to the state government to show leadership on a green Covid recovery. The post Federal budget has failed on climate, but Victoria can lead a clean recovery appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Federal budget has failed on climate, but Victoria can lead a clean recovery — RenewEconomy

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Budget papers create confusion over ARENA funding timelines — RenewEconomy

There is confusion over when ARENA’s new $1.4 billion in funding will be allocated, with budget papers contradicting statements from the federal energy minister. The post Budget papers create confusion over ARENA funding timelines appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Budget papers create confusion over ARENA funding timelines — RenewEconomy

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More renewables, less gas: South Australia turns energy debate upside down — RenewEconomy

South Australia government and transmission companies say benefits of more wind and solar, and less gas, will more than offset ballooning costs of new link to NSW. The post More renewables, less gas: South Australia turns energy debate upside down appeared first on RenewEconomy.

More renewables, less gas: South Australia turns energy debate upside down — RenewEconomy

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