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Articles by David Leitch

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Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Spot electricity prices averaged $447/MWh for the week in Queensland, and surged above $13,000 on a couple of occasions. Of course, there is no newspaper article when this happens because, since there is basically only rooftop PV in the state in the way of renewables, there is no convenient scapegoat.

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You are 16, going on 17: The year in review, part 1

You are 16, going on 17: The year in review, part 1

The year that was: Donald Trump, soaring temperatures, mass-market EVs, and price parity – even in NSW – for solar and storage.

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Know your NEM: Energy regulators need to look forward, not back

Know your NEM: Energy regulators need to look forward, not back

The AEMC really needs to get its act together in terms of more forward looking in terms of its approach to modelling.

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Decarbonisation and politics: How to make it matter to voters

Decarbonisation and politics: How to make it matter to voters

Most people agree with the concept of climate change. For those of us that think it’s a relatively urgent issue the challenge is how to make it front of mind for voters.

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Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Australia remains one of world’s most expensive places to develop renewables, when it should be one of the cheapest.

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Gutless and the dumb: Conservatives push up electricity prices

Gutless and the dumb: Conservatives push up electricity prices

It’s obvious there is not much rational thought in some quarters of the conservative parties, and Malcolm Turnbull will come to regret his change of tone on climate change just as Kevin Rudd did.

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Know your NEM: Hopeless policies killing the future

Know your NEM: Hopeless policies killing the future

Spot prices in NSW and QLD are up 70% over a year ago, and gas prices have doubled. The idea that more gas fired generation is going to solve energy security needs in the medium term seems fairly untenable.

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Know your NEM: Post-Trump rate spike making renewable projects more costly

Know your NEM: Post-Trump rate spike making renewable projects more costly

Gas price jump pushing up electricity prices in Queensland, while post-Trump spike in bond rates will push up financing costs for renewable energy projects.

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Know your NEM: Gas sends energy prices soaring in Qld, NSW

Know your NEM: Gas sends energy prices soaring in Qld, NSW

The rising cost of gas generation has more than doubled electricity prices in NSW and Qld, with Qld facing a particularly expensive summer.

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Know your NEM: Futures up, Hazelwood out

Know your NEM: Futures up, Hazelwood out

Future prices the big news this week, with dramatic jumps in even the FY17 futures price, as traders zoom in on the June 17 contract, the first one due after the Hazelwood close.

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Know your NEM: Is decline of car industry undermining volumes?

Know your NEM: Is decline of car industry undermining volumes?

Car industry decline may explain falling volumes. Meanwhile, renewable advocates should prepare for price backlash on renewable closures; and what’s behind a change of view on regulatory decisions?