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Articles by Hugh Saddler

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Explainer: power station ‘trips’ are normal, but blackouts are not

Explainer: power station ‘trips’ are normal, but blackouts are not

Tens of thousands of Victorians were left without power over the long weekend as the distribution network struggled with blistering temperatures, reigniting fears about the stability of our energy system.

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Australia's record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Australia’s record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Only the wilfully ignorant or blind could pretend Australia will achieve its emissions target under the Paris Agreement with no more than a pro rata reduction in electricity emissions.

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Busting more myths about South Australia's wind and solar

Busting more myths about South Australia’s wind and solar

The recent performance of wind and solar in South Australia – 63 per cent of consumption – dispels a few myths around renewables and makes a nonsense of the proposed National Energy Guarantee.

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Electricity emissions continue fall after Hazelwood closure

Electricity emissions continue fall after Hazelwood closure

Report says emissions have fallen after Hazelwood closure, but finds It hard to think of a more expensive & unreliable way to achieve reliable and affordable energy than prolonging the life Liddell coal generation.

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How consumers got burned on electricity prices: It started with networks

How consumers got burned on electricity prices: It started with networks

Policy responses to high electricity prices should pay more attention to how consumers can be helped to use less electricity

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Australia's electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up

Australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up

The rules of Australia’s energy markets were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options.

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Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Last Wednesday around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an hour. So why did it actually happen?

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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.