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Articles by Mark Byrne

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How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

While the Finkel Review recognises Australia’s “energy trilemma” – security, affordability and sustainability – we have a market that recognises only the first two of these objectives.

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Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Batteries will supercharge the energy revolution, smoothing renewables and offering prosumers autonomy. Right now, though, the regulatory space is a bit of a Wild West.

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Energy market rule-maker says no to real reform - again

Energy market rule-maker says no to real reform – again

Decision by AEMC will push more local generators and prosumers to reduce their use of the grid, to look at private wires and microgrids, and potentially to disconnect.

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A call to value local energy in Australia's future grid

A call to value local energy in Australia’s future grid

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released a consultation paper on possibly the most radical proposal for energy market reform it has received.

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Ausgrid's mea culpa

Ausgrid’s mea culpa

One Australian electricity network has finally admitted it had its snout in the trough. But will this change anything in its approach to future investment?

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Consumer sting in the tail of TransGrid sale

Consumer sting in the tail of TransGrid sale

The “bonanza” obtained for the sale of electricity transmission network TransGrid will come back to haunt NSW consumers for decades to come.

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Electricity market reform: All choice and no obligations

Electricity market reform: All choice and no obligations

The AEMC’s Power of Choice review recommends the most wide-ranging suite of reforms to the electricity industry in a decade. It was worth the wait.

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If it's broke: Fixing the power market model

If it’s broke: Fixing the power market model

Opportunities now exist to move Australia’s electricity networks away from a business model that has been causing consumers pain, in a world of shifting demand.