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Volume 44, Issue 26

COMPROMISE APPEARS LIKELY ON AUSTRALIA'S RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET

Country: Australia

After the Australian Parliament appeared poised to dramatically scale back the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) to source 20% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020, a compromise more favorable to supporters of renewable energy now appears likely following intense lobbying in Canberra. A review of the RET, headed by businessman Dick Warburton, argued that the RET be closed to new projects or dramatically scaled back. But those options have been largely dismissed by both renewable energy and government supporters.

ZAMBIA LIFTS TROPHY HUNTING BAN, BIG CATS REMAIN PROTECTED

Country: Zambia

Zambia has lifted a ban on trophy hunting, which had been in place since early 2013, for all species other than big cats, meaning elephants will be among the species that may now be hunted. According to a statement by Jean Kapata, Zambia’s Tourism and Art's Minister, a main factor in the decision to lift the ban was the fact that it had resulted in a loss of revenue to the Zambia Wildlife Authority.

INDIA: NEW RULE WILL REQUIRE RENEWABLE TARGETS FOR POWER GENERATORS

Country: India

The government of India is preparing a rule that would mandate companies building fossil fuel-based plants to also set up renewable capacity. The rule is intended to accelerate the growth of India's renewable energy capacity, a commitment of Prime Minster Narendra Modi's administration. "A generator will have an obligation to bundle his supplies with a certain share of renewable energy," said Power Minister Piyush Goyal last Thursday.