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Articles by David Leitch

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The NEG will reduce competition, and that's not good for prices

The NEG will reduce competition, and that’s not good for prices

It seems like the government’s plan may reduce competition, and that is never good for price in the long run. One of the many advantages of state run reverse auctions is they introduce new suppliers and new players into the system.

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The no-name policy with little chance of reducing power prices

The no-name policy with little chance of reducing power prices

The runway to strong emission reductions at an affordable price is at risk of being thrown away under the Coaliton’s new policy, which could require retailers to buy the output from its own expensive Snowy Hydro project. The energy mafia would approve.

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Know your NEM: Laws of physics grind slowly, but surely

Know your NEM: Laws of physics grind slowly, but surely

With energy policy set to remain a political battleground in Australia, physics, in the form of global warming, will continue to gradually push decarbonization to the top of the policy agenda.

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China dances the seven veils of decarbonization

China dances the seven veils of decarbonization

China’s decarbonization boat stayed in harbour this year but the winds of change continue to blow.

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Know your NEM:  Frydenberg’s election losing speech

Know your NEM: Frydenberg’s election losing speech

If a CET is abandoned, it will be NSW that will be thrown under a bus. Victoria and QLD have renewable share policies that incentivise new generation. NSW has no policy and despite being an energy importer is not getting its share of new generation investment.

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EVs and storage: Lithium's wild ride and why it will be bigger than LNG

EVs and storage: Lithium’s wild ride and why it will be bigger than LNG

The market for lithium, storage and gigafactories will rival that of Australia’s LNG boom. It will be a wild ride, particularly for Australian lithium companies, but Australian policies remain a disgrace because the government wants to censor talk about carbon.

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Know your NEM: Gas deal underlines attraction of renewables

Know your NEM: Gas deal underlines attraction of renewables

Origin gas deal underlines one of the main advantages of renewables: they provide security against rising fossil fuel prices.

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Origin and Santos: Australia's bungling Gas Giants

Origin and Santos: Australia’s bungling Gas Giants

There is no easy answer to Australia’s gas shortfall and high prices – and certainly not Turnbull’s Venezuala-style solution. The best bets might be gas imports, and to build more renewables …

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Know your NEM: Farewell to Australia's biggest coal spruiker

Know your NEM: Farewell to Australia’s biggest coal spruiker

The main news of the week was Brendan Pearson’s departure from Minerals Council of Australia. The numbers opposing a clean energy target are dwindling rapidly.

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Governments should stick to their job of making policy

Governments should stick to their job of making policy

Fears of the unstoppable energy transition are reinforced and amplified by vested interests and selfish, small minded losers who try and slow it down. Look at how energy prices jumped since Coalition’s intervention on Liddell.

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How to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant

How to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant

Wev’e done the modelling on how to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant – including wind, solar, storage and gas. We just need politicians to get out of the way and get on the bus.