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Articles by Dylan McConnell

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Closing Victoria's Hazelwood power station is no threat to electricity supply

Closing Victoria’s Hazelwood power station is no threat to electricity supply

While we don’t know whether Hazelwood will close yet, we do know that Australia could easily replace the energy, and it could make a substantial difference to our carbon emissions.

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Carbon taxes, emissions trading and electricity prices: making sense of the scare campaigns

Carbon taxes, emissions trading and electricity prices: making sense of the scare campaigns

With Labor promising half of Australia’s electricity will come from renewables in 2030, and the Coalition quick to reject carbon pricing again, it seems electricity prices are set to be a key point of contention in an Australian federal election yet again.

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Storage can replace gas in our electricity networks and boost renewables

Storage can replace gas in our electricity networks and boost renewables

Storage is great for households, but could also be as important in the wider electricity network. Here’s how it could work.

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Without a carbon price, we need a fairer price for solar

Without a carbon price, we need a fairer price for solar

The Victorian Essential Services Commission has proposed a reduction in the rate rooftop solar generators will receive for the electricity they supply to the grid.

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Alan Jones admits he got it wrong on coal and wind energy costs

Alan Jones admits he got it wrong on coal and wind energy costs

Broadcaster Alan Jones said on Q&A that the cost of wind power far outstrips the cost of coal power. He admits he was wrong.

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How much does wind energy cost? Debunking the myths

How much does wind energy cost? Debunking the myths

Are renewables pushing up the cost of electricity? That’s the claim made by Alan Moran in an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review this week.

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Why fixate on 20% renewables? It's never been the actual target

Why fixate on 20% renewables? It’s never been the actual target

The RET has gone through a variety of iterations over its lifetime, but never has it been officially defined in terms in terms of a percentage target.

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Fact Check: Does Australia have too much electricity?

Fact Check: Does Australia have too much electricity?

Australia has the capacity to produce more electricity than it needs – but that’s not a reason to scale back the Renewable Energy Target.

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How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills?

How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills?

The RET review is due to be handed to the federal government any day now, yet there are still conflicts over the impacts it has over electricity costs.

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Is $15 a year really too much to pay for renewable energy?

Is $15 a year really too much to pay for renewable energy?

According to the last RET review, $15/year is all Australian households would save if the national renewables scheme was scrapped. Is it worth it?

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Electricity prices fall: renewable energy deserves merit

Electricity prices fall: renewable energy deserves merit

Increased renewable energy generation and weaker demand is putting a “squeeze” on traditional generation – and lowering market prices.