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Articles by David Leitch

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Know your NEM: The calm before reform

Know your NEM: The calm before reform

Australia’s energy market is in a holding pattern while we wait for court decisions, the full Finkel Report, policy announcements, auction process developments and legislation to set the path forward.

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Someone needs to judge the performance of the AEMC

Someone needs to judge the performance of the AEMC

AEMC’s fundamental blind spot on “environmental sustainability” is at the core of why the rule-maker is providing poor advice to COAG and why the system is failing.

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Know your NEM: Higher prices in Victoria a boon for wind

Know your NEM: Higher prices in Victoria a boon for wind

New data shows that for a couple of hours on Sunday, wind and solar were about 15/16 of South Australian demand and something like 70% of the total over the day.

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Wind, solar to supply 15% plus of NEM, 64% of South Australia, in 2019

Wind, solar to supply 15% plus of NEM, 64% of South Australia, in 2019

Wind & solar PV will likely meet at least 15% of NEM demand by 2019. Even more remarkably,wind and solar could account for 64% of demand in South Australia – an unparalleled percentage.

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How the new solar standard will affect households – like mine

How the new solar standard will affect households – like mine

Drawing from personal experience, a look at what the new national standard for solar installation could mean for home solar and battery plans.

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Know your NEM:  We survived a few days without Hazelwood

Know your NEM: We survived a few days without Hazelwood

It’s hard to imagine that even a satire writer could write such a stupid script as the government’s recent energy policy announcements.

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Australia had a great electricity policy – let's get it back

Australia had a great electricity policy – let’s get it back

Australia has no federal policy other than what’s left of the RET. Zero, zip, nada. Perhaps Canberra could learn from the states?

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Know your NEM: Policy thought bubbles no substitute for security

Know your NEM: Policy thought bubbles no substitute for security

The producer squeeze on futures prices moved from Y18 to FY19 with 5% rises seen over the week in NSW and Victoria. All eyes are on the immediate impact as Hazelwood winds down.

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Renewable cavalry is coming, but there may be casualties first

Renewable cavalry is coming, but there may be casualties first

Nearly every Australian will pay some part of the cost of the Abbott Government’s decision to effectively stop investment in generation.

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South Australia is “cock of the snoot” - but it still got issues

South Australia is “cock of the snoot” – but it still got issues

The gas initiative and the ministerial powers are interesting, but the biggest thing is the battery storage tender.

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Know your NEM: Energy costs jump $11 billion

Know your NEM: Energy costs jump $11 billion

The rise in wholesale electricity prices is delivering huge new incentives to solar PV and battery storage.