Daily update: Even if coal were free, it couldn’t compete with solar

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Daily update: Even if coal were free, it couldn’t compete with solar

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Renew Economy editor@reneweconomy.com.au via mail205.atl21.rsgsv.net

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Even if coal were free, it couldn’t compete with solar; Grattan calls for sweeping electricity tariff reform; Abbott attacked on all sides on carbon, fossil fuel subsidies; SA network operator blows away more wind energy myths; Newcastle’s $4.8b coal facility that should not be built; Myth of German de-industralisation; The emerging power of microgrids; China world’s largest solar PV market, and Australia’s cleantech beats main market.
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Abbott government accused of giving $15bln of subsidies to fossil fuels by removing carbon price, urged to embrace international permits.
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NSW government has approved a 4.8bn coal export facility in Newcastle, but analysis of market conditions suggest investors will reject the project.
New figures from Deutsche Bank shows the Energiewende is failing to drive business out of Germany.
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China has surpassed Germany to take top spot as world’s largest solar PV market.
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