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Articles by David Leitch

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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.

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Talking about our generation: Our energy models are out of date

Talking about our generation: Our energy models are out of date

An in depth analysis of Australia’s energy challenge, and South Australia’s in particular. All existing models are out of date.

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Know your NEM: Still cooking as grid consumption soars

Know your NEM: Still cooking as grid consumption soars

Wholesale power prices in coal and gas dependent Queensland average $480/MWh over the past week. No wonder everyone wants to build solar farms.

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Know your NEM: Policy uncertainty is costing us billions

Know your NEM: Policy uncertainty is costing us billions

When the Prime Minister announces things, they have to be taken seriously. So Turnbull has certainly succeeded in producing Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). Congratulations.

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After the rhetoric comes supply and demand

After the rhetoric comes supply and demand

Once Hazelwood goes the question is what will replace it? Not nearly enough renewables are being built.

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Know your NEM: Spot prices soar, demand stays soft

Know your NEM: Spot prices soar, demand stays soft

As 2017 kicks off, spot electricity prices are up 118% in Victoria, despite a sharp reduction in consumption. Plus, a reminder that predicting the future of the electricity market can be very hard.

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Coalition government is missing the point on energy security

Coalition government is missing the point on energy security

Hearing Josh Frydenberg putting forward a call for coal that seems to echo the Abbott rhetoric of a few short years ago will do nothing for energy investment. It’s surprising that the political instinct is so poor.