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Articles by Rob Campbell

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Power plays: time to think about buying back the grid

Power plays: time to think about buying back the grid

Electricity is just a symptom of the perils of populous governments. The only solution is to nationalise the lot.

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Battery storage: What am I buying, apples or oranges?

Battery storage: What am I buying, apples or oranges?

There’s plenty of sizzle but what exactly is the sausage?

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Frogs on the stove – the failure of privatised power

Frogs on the stove – the failure of privatised power

It beggars belief that any government could expect such a vast and heavily subsidised power system as Australia’s to improve or even survive in private hands. We now see the consequences of this misguided folly.

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Jumping electricity prices – It’s a gas, gas gas

Jumping electricity prices – It’s a gas, gas gas

Spot electricity prices have gone through the stratosphere this summer, particularly in Queensland where average prices have been more than double of renewable energy leader South Australia.

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Burn, baby, burn – even when the sun shines

Burn, baby, burn – even when the sun shines

Queensland, our Sunshine State, is using gas to produce around 2GW of electricity on sunny days. So why is this resource being squandered when renewables fit the bill and could help us reach our climate targets?

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Memo Energex: Battery storage plus 44c FIT is a bonus, not a rip-off

Memo Energex: Battery storage plus 44c FIT is a bonus, not a rip-off

Energex proposes to punish solar households that add battery storage. The network should be encouraging them.

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Queensland businesses face new price gouge

Queensland businesses face new price gouge

Retailers have decided it’s their turn to extract more blood from the stone, pushing up business consumption charges by 20-40%.

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Churn and burn: The high price of a broken electricity market

Churn and burn: The high price of a broken electricity market

Energy Australia’s move to send call centre jobs offshore is another example of Australia’s failed retail electricity market – and its cost to consumers.

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David Cameron channels Gerry Anderson, is this our future?

David Cameron channels Gerry Anderson, is this our future?

The rhetoric coming out of our motherland is that nuclear is the only power source for the future! But at what cost?

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Queensland’s stealth electricity tax just keeps on giving

Queensland’s stealth electricity tax just keeps on giving

Queensland has reported a $1.2bn dividend from state-owned electricity distributors Energex and Ergon. Is this tax by stealth?

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Distributors’ broad brush unfair to businesses

Distributors’ broad brush unfair to businesses

Measures distributors are taking under the auspices of ‘cost reflective pricing’ fall way short of the mark, and open the door to future legal challenges.