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Articles by David Leitch

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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.

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The NEM is a mess – so who will clean it up?

The NEM is a mess – so who will clean it up?

The biggest problem facing Australia’s National Electricity Market is that it has no management team. But someone has to accept responsibility for the mess.

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Know your NEM: Time to roll your own solar as grid prices soar

Know your NEM: Time to roll your own solar as grid prices soar

The sharp rise in grid delivered prices provides renewed incentive for distributed generation, so PV installers and battery sellers should be out there doing the rounds.

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Wind and solar: A comparison of Denmark & South Australia

Wind and solar: A comparison of Denmark & South Australia

Denmark’s wind and PV share of generation is much the same as South Australia, yet Denmark’s system is the most reliable in Europe and 3X as reliable as Sydney.

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Know your NEM : Crisis continues, and more renewables is the answer

Know your NEM : Crisis continues, and more renewables is the answer

Coalition government will be grateful that more wind and solar will be built in next few years, because they will help keep a cap on electricity prices.

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Too much power: The real crisis in Australia's energy markets

Too much power: The real crisis in Australia’s energy markets

In every State no more than 2 players account for more than 50% of generation market share. That doesn’t encourage competition and is pushing up prices.

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Wivenhoe pumped hydro: the big little plant that didn't

Wivenhoe pumped hydro: the big little plant that didn’t

Queenslanders would pay much less for power if the generation sector was split up. The use, or non-use, of the Wivenhoe pumped hydro storage facility illustrates why.

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Know your NEM: Coal states to be hit hardest by energy cost surge

Know your NEM: Coal states to be hit hardest by energy cost surge

Coal dependent NSW, Queensland and Victoria facing biggest rises in electricity costs, possibly more than 20 per cent based on recent prices.

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Battery storage: better at peaking than gas in South Australia

Battery storage: better at peaking than gas in South Australia

Existing gas generation in South Australia is expensive, inefficient, highly polluting, and controlled by just two market players. Battery storage is a smarter and cheaper option.