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Articles by David Leitch

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Origin FY17: Revenue up, margins up, customers down

Origin FY17: Revenue up, margins up, customers down

Origin Energy lost electricity customers but grew revenue, price and margin for the full-year 2017. Overall the result was strong at virtually every line.

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Know your NEM: Will the LRET be met?

Know your NEM: Will the LRET be met?

Will Australia’s large-scale renewable energy target be met on time? And what will happen if we move to a CET? Plus AGL’s uncontroversial result; and crunching numbers on SolarReserve’s Port Augusta project.

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Know your NEM: The profits CLP didn't make from Australian brown coal

Know your NEM: The profits CLP didn’t make from Australian brown coal

The interesting takeaway from EnergyAustralia’s interim results, and other news from the NEM week that was.

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Poles and wires: Consumers using less, paying more

Poles and wires: Consumers using less, paying more

Malcolm Turnbull should have a word with network owners and regulators this week, as well as the gentailers. Network charges per unit of electricity have more than doubled.

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Know your NEM: Showdown looms on CET

Know your NEM: Showdown looms on CET

A lot of wind and solar projects are getting approved, but no so many with PPAs and finance. Meanwhile, as the company reporting season starts, a showdown looms over energy policy and the CET.

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Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

The economics are now increasingly in favour of partial grid defection. You’re a fool if you don’t have rooftop solar PV and you could.

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Know your NEM: All aboard the Finkel clean energy train

Know your NEM: All aboard the Finkel clean energy train

The highlights of the Clean Energy Summit, the 1200MW wind and solar plan for Windlab, and energy futures in a holding pattern.

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Generator Reliability Obligation: Do wind and solar need to beat the tax?

Generator Reliability Obligation: Do wind and solar need to beat the tax?

Developers of wind and solar projects may try and accelerate their projects to get in in front of the proposed generator reliability obligation.

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Hazelwood gone today – Liddell gone tomorrow. Are we ready?

Hazelwood gone today – Liddell gone tomorrow. Are we ready?

Early action on transmission should be at the top of the new Energy Security Board’s agenda if we are to connect enough wind and solar and hydro to replace retiring coal generators.

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Know your NEM: Generator Reliability Option might be dumb idea

Know your NEM: Generator Reliability Option might be dumb idea

The COAG endorsement of the Finkel Review (apart from the CET) won’t mean much in the short term, but the generator reliability option might be a dumb idea. Meantime, smart companies are showing how to save costs with solar and storage.

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Know your NEM: Turnbull, Tesla and falling energy prices

Know your NEM: Turnbull, Tesla and falling energy prices

Turnbull reinforces Paris commitment, along with G19, what Tesla’s battery storage means, and Victoria energy prices now higher than South Australia.