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Articles by David Leitch

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Know your NEM: Focus on renewables and transmission plans

Know your NEM: Focus on renewables and transmission plans

In the past week, future prices fell again in all states. The downtrend is now firmly established and prices in the out years are significantly lower than in 2018. That’s particularly noticeable in Victoria.

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Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

It’s not clear that there is a sufficient reward to justify much new investment in storage and firming capacity, given the presence of Snowy, Tas Hydro, and existing gas and coal generation.

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Australian Energy Storage 2017 conference – the low key buzz

Australian Energy Storage 2017 conference – the low key buzz

If the 2016 conference was lithium, lithium, lithium, the 2017 version has a more nuanced tone. Here are some of the highlights.

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Know your NEM: Why Finkel's energy storage thought bubble needs bursting

Know your NEM: Why Finkel’s energy storage thought bubble needs bursting

This week delivered two reviews and one federal court decision… and a thought bubble on energy storage that will almost certainly increase consumer costs.

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Low emissions target: Energy security needs a carrot and a stick

Low emissions target: Energy security needs a carrot and a stick

The proposed low emissions target is not a big vote winner for the Coalition, but doing nothing may well be a vote loser. These considerations may outweigh the risk of alienating its conservative rump and the coal lobby.

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Know your NEM: Markets bet on big fall in electricity prices

Know your NEM: Markets bet on big fall in electricity prices

Energy markets are betting on a big fall in prices as more renewables come on line, but all eyes on Finkel Review this Friday.

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Know your NEM: Renewable energy certificates in free-fall

Know your NEM: Renewable energy certificates in free-fall

Renewable energy futures prices are in free-fall, reflecting the general view that the 2020 target can be met, and may even be exceeded.

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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.