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Articles by Hugh Saddler

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Records fall as wind, hydro match brown coal generation in October

Records fall as wind, hydro match brown coal generation in October

Record output from wind and hydro in October nearly matches brown coal for first time, as new data highlights how quickly renewables could reduce emissions.

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Coal generation up, emissions up 4.8% since carbon price scrapped

Coal generation up, emissions up 4.8% since carbon price scrapped

Demand on NEM stayed flat in September, with a slight rise in coal generation and electricity emissions. Wind, meanwhile, reached its highest ever generation level, both in absolute terms and as a share of total NEM generation.

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Blackout reality check: Coal and extra link may not have changed anything

Blackout reality check: Coal and extra link may not have changed anything

Critics of renewables don’t understand that a coal-fired power station and even extra link through NSW may not have avoided the SA blackout.

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Emissions from energy use down slightly for the first time in two years

Emissions from energy use down slightly for the first time in two years

For the first time since the Coalition dumped the carbon price, energy combustion emissions fell in June 2016.

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Australian electricity emissions fall slightly as wind energy blows harder

Australian electricity emissions fall slightly as wind energy blows harder

Australia record small drop in electricity sector emissions as renewable generation rises, but is still well above levels when carbon price was in place.

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South Australia’s electricity price woes are more due to gas than wind

South Australia’s electricity price woes are more due to gas than wind

South Australia’s wind farms have been blamed for price spikes, but without them the volatility would be even worse.

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Demand growth softens, small drop in emissions as renewables rise

Demand growth softens, small drop in emissions as renewables rise

Australia’s emissions fell slightly in June, thanks to increased hydro, wind and solar power, but remain 5.7 per cent ahead of last year.

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Australia has re‐carbonised - not de-carbonised - its energy system

Australia has re‐carbonised – not de-carbonised – its energy system

In the 21 months between June 2014 – when the carbon price ended – and March 2016, energy emissions have gone up sharply.

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Electricity emissions up 5.7% under Coalition as coal jumps again

Electricity emissions up 5.7% under Coalition as coal jumps again

Demand, emissions and coal generation continue to rise, extending the dramatic change in Australia’s electricity profile since the Coalition killed the carbon price.

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Are political leaders to blame for return of rising electricity demand?

Are political leaders to blame for return of rising electricity demand?

Just when falling electricity demand was becoming an accepted fact in Australia, it is over. There is now enough data to say unequivocally that demand is on the way up again.

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Tasmania needs to look at efficiency to resolve electricity crisis

Tasmania needs to look at efficiency to resolve electricity crisis

The risks to Tasmania’s energy supply continue to mount. The state should upgrade the electrical energy efficiency of buildings and equipment used for winter heating by homes and businesses.