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Articles by David Leitch

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Will the NEG make the energy transition easier or harder?

Will the NEG make the energy transition easier or harder?

The ESB needs to go back to the drawing board and have another go at its National Energy Guarantee. They doesn’t understand what a bad solution they have proposed.

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Know your NEM: NEG still a poor mechanism, conjured in haste

Know your NEM: NEG still a poor mechanism, conjured in haste

NEG still looks like a poorly thought out policy; rooftop solar delivers for Queensland; and Infigen’s nosebleed debt financing fee.

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Origin Energy: How to manage its exit from coal

Origin Energy: How to manage its exit from coal

Origin is earning itself the right to grow by performing better, but the trick will be to sell the interest in APLNG in the next few years, and to replace Eraring with competitive dispatchable renewable generation.

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Know your NEM: All eyes on bond rate and utility earnings

Know your NEM: All eyes on bond rate and utility earnings

All eyes on bond rates and the results from the country’s biggest utilities, including AGL.

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SolarReserve still falling short at flagship solar tower project

SolarReserve still falling short at flagship solar tower project

SolarReserve’s flagship solar tower and storage project is still falling short of design targets. Does it deserve public money?

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A Snow(y) job: He who pays the piper calls the tune

A Snow(y) job: He who pays the piper calls the tune

One of our main immediate criticisms of Snowy Hydro’s latest paper is its assumption that Snowy 2.0 is the only pumped hydro project capable of being developed in Australia.

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Know your NEM week: Debate shifts to dispatchable renewables

Know your NEM week: Debate shifts to dispatchable renewables

Bond price jump may hit renewable energy projects; state Labor governments under threat; and debate shifts to dispatchable renewable energy.

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Australia wind and solar projects: 2018 starts with a claret run

Australia wind and solar projects: 2018 starts with a claret run

About 800MW of utility-scale renewable projects confirmed in the past six weeks. That’s a pretty hot run-rate. And while the excitement has largely been about PV, the growth of wind is quite significant.

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Disappointing Reliability Review highlights failings of AEMC

Disappointing Reliability Review highlights failings of AEMC

See no problems, hear no problems, do very little. We read the AEMC’s Reliability review in the hope of finding some interesting ideas. We didn’t.

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Know your NEM: Tesla big battery takes centre stage

Know your NEM: Tesla big battery takes centre stage

Tesla big battery highlights opportunities for utility scale batteries, and more wind and solar farms are looking hard at the technology.

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Know your NEM: Coal reliability issues will get worse

Know your NEM: Coal reliability issues will get worse

Thermal coal generators continue to have reliability issues that will only get worse. It’s astonishing that the AEMC doesn’t seem to understand this issue one little bit.