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Articles by Mark Diesendorf

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How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewables

How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewables

Biggest challenge in moving to 100% renewable energy will be meeting the 2-3 hours of peak demand during evenings. This will require a mix of different technologies and strategies.

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Rapid transition to clean energy will take massive social change

Rapid transition to clean energy will take massive social change

Building more renewable energy will be part of the effort to decarbonise energy systems.

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Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Don’t believe the spurious claims of nuclear shills constantly doing down renewables. Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world’s electricity needs

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Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better!

Dispelling the nuclear ‘baseload’ myth: nothing renewables can’t do better!

Renewables, too, can supply baseload power – and something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand.

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Coal closures give South Australia the chance to go 100% renewable

Coal closures give South Australia the chance to go 100% renewable

South Australia’s wind farms have coped without baseload power before – they can do it again.

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Renewable energy ready to supply all of Australia's electricity

Renewable energy ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity

There are already technically feasible scenarios to run the Australian electricity industry on 100% renewable energy without significantly affecting supply.

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Spinning myths for fossil fuels: Plimer's nonsense take on renewables

Spinning myths for fossil fuels: Plimer’s nonsense take on renewables

In his new book, climate denier Ian Plimer turns his focus to renewables, rehashing myths and falsehoods mostly originating from supporters of fossil fuels.

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Dispelling myth of energy payback of renewable energy systems

Dispelling myth of energy payback of renewable energy systems

One of the many myths about renewable energy, especially solar PV, is that the life-cycle energy inputs are greater than the lifetime energy outputs.

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Even under Abbott, coal generation has no future

Even under Abbott, coal generation has no future

Coal-fired electricity may have little or no economic future in Australia, even with a new government determined to turn its back on renewable energy and carbon pricing.

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Baseload power is a myth: even intermittent renewables will work

Baseload power is a myth: even intermittent renewables will work

Vested interests and their supporters in the big greenhouse gas polluting industries are running a fierce campaign of renewable energy denial.

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Another myth busted on the road to 100% renewable electricity

Another myth busted on the road to 100% renewable electricity

We now know that renewables can not only supply all of Australia’s electricity, but do it cheaper than coal and gas. Will policymakers catch on?