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Articles by David Leitch

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Networks: Bad news for consumers is good news for renewables

Networks: Bad news for consumers is good news for renewables

The move to decarbonisation will benefit from the rising price of fossil fueled, grid delivered electricity because higher prices will encourage investment in efficiency and lower consumption ,and incentivise alternatives such as distributed renewables.

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Ausnet, and the case for a rethink on who pays for new grid connections

Ausnet, and the case for a rethink on who pays for new grid connections

The results for Ausnet underline case for a rethink on who should pay for new grid connections. This would force a proper consideration of distributed generation at the time the network extension is built.

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Know your NEM: Renewables too late to save next summer's prices

Know your NEM: Renewables too late to save next summer’s prices

Futures pricing tells us that the 4GW of large scale renewables now being built will arrive too late to soften prices next summer, and the Portland bailout has likely added around $20 to pool prices.

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Know your NEM: Looking to the future of energy prices

Know your NEM: Looking to the future of energy prices

Futures market indicate steady fall in wholesale electricity prices as new renewable generation comes online.

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Centralised vs distributed generation: tailor-made energy models

Centralised vs distributed generation: tailor-made energy models

Two renewables penetration studies: One takes a centralised grid approach, the other takes a distributed approach. Here’s what they found.

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Know your NEM: 5.6GW of new wind and solar under construction

Know your NEM: 5.6GW of new wind and solar under construction

There is now 5.6GW of new wind and solar under construction in Australia, and it may already be having an impact on electricity futures contracts.

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Know your NEM: Weather cools, prices stay hot

Know your NEM: Weather cools, prices stay hot

As the weather cools, wholesale electricity prices still hover around $100/MWh – still driven by gas prices that are higher than they were a year ago.

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Gas shortfall may be short-lived, thanks to growing renewables

Gas shortfall may be short-lived, thanks to growing renewables

The anticipated shortfall in the gas market – which prompted the Turnbull government to intervene this week – may be short-lived, thanks to the huge investment in new wind and solar farms.

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Turnbull's gas changes will lift cost of capital, but won't relieve prices

Turnbull’s gas changes will lift cost of capital, but won’t relieve prices

Turnbull’s intervention in gas market may guarantee supply, but is unlikely to relieve prices. LNG producers, and Santos in particular, still have a big problem.

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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.