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Articles by Bruce Mountain

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MarkIntell's latest state by state retail electricity market indices

MarkIntell’s latest state by state retail electricity market indices

The latest state by state guide to retail electricity markets and their components.

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Wholesale price rises whodunit: Gas or renewables?

Wholesale price rises whodunit: Gas or renewables?

What drove Victoria’s wholesale electricity market prices up 46% in 2016? We put the screws on the historical data to find out.

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Emissions intensity scheme - another act in tragic comedy of errors

Emissions intensity scheme – another act in tragic comedy of errors

The EIS proposed by Labor and others is a wasteful rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul scheme designed to favour gas, and which will lift energy prices more than they need be.

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Time to put energy retailers and their offers under the microscope

Time to put energy retailers and their offers under the microscope

This year, the retail part of the electricity sector will be getting lots of official attention. Deservedly so, because the “cheap offers” are no longer so cheap.

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Australian retail electricity price guide - state by state

Australian retail electricity price guide – state by state

A state by state guide on electricity prices.

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Want electricity reform? Start by giving power back to the states

Want electricity reform? Start by giving power back to the states

What can sensibly be done to get us Australia out of its current electricity market mess? The real problem is not renewables – it’s poor governance.

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Coal closures: Will utility margins rise where the sun don't shine?

Coal closures: Will utility margins rise where the sun don’t shine?

JP Morgan say that with rapid coal generation closure, AGL may be worth more than the market currently thinks. But maybe not.

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Solar and battery storage beating best retail offers in S.A. by a quarter

Solar and battery storage beating best retail offers in S.A. by a quarter

New data shows that in South Australia, battery storage is already offering significant savings – as much as 25% on annual electricity bill costs – to households with solar. Retailers will need to turn to Plan B.

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Tesla's price shock: Solar + battery as cheap as grid power

Tesla’s price shock: Solar + battery as cheap as grid power

New pricing for Tesla Powerwall suggests solar and battery storage now competitive with grid power. For about $16,000, consumers can slash their grid bill to almost nothing and not worry about blackouts. The strategic and commercial implications are marvellous or frightening, depending on your vested interest.

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AGL's new retail offer signals big jump in wholesale electricity prices

AGL’s new retail offer signals big jump in wholesale electricity prices

AGL’s new fixed price offer to Victorian households suggests it expects much higher wholesale prices over the next two years.

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Making sense of the AEMO report on SA blackout

Making sense of the AEMO report on SA blackout

What might reasonably be made of the AEMO report, at this stage, in understanding what happened?