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Articles by David Leitch

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Know your NEM: Queensland poll – what are the odds?

Know your NEM: Queensland poll – what are the odds?

Queensland energy politics has something for everyone – including a new coal plant – but bookmakers are backing the state Labor. Meanwhile, on the NEM…

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National Energy Guarantee's bizarre approach to reliability

National Energy Guarantee’s bizarre approach to reliability

The more we look at the NEG, the more bizarre it gets. And it seems disrespectful, or even arrogant, of the ESB to think an overnight thought bubble is going to be superior to carefully developed process in overseas markets.

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Know your NEM: NEG's windfall for big three power utilities

Know your NEM: NEG’s windfall for big three power utilities

The proposed NEG is already delivering big gains for the big three gentailers, as Adani emerges as major Queensland issue, and REC prices fall.

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Is your company disclosing its climate risk?

Is your company disclosing its climate risk?

Investors and activists have new ammunition to encourage public company disclosures on climate change risks and opportunities. They should use them.

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Let's be honest: Australia is well behind on renewables

Let’s be honest: Australia is well behind on renewables

Australia’s fossil fuel share of electricity generation is higher than that of our peers. This chart is ugly for Australians who care about doing our bit in the 21st century.

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Know your NEM: Climbing a wall of worry over wind and solar

Know your NEM: Climbing a wall of worry over wind and solar

Wind and solar PV account for 54 per cent of demand in South Australia since the closure of Hazelwood, and the grid is still functioning.

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Know your NEM: A closer look at Vales Point

Know your NEM: A closer look at Vales Point

A closer look at Vales Point, and the money made by its new owner Sunset Power; and how to quantify the costs of climate change.

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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.