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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Consumer advocates say AEMC’s rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.

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Queensland coal projects bring 'unprecedented' investor risk

Queensland coal projects bring ‘unprecedented’ investor risk

IEEFA report says proposals for new coal facilities in Queensland’s Galilee Basin introduce ‘unprecedented’ levels of financial complexity and risk.

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SEXI solar proposal: NSW councils team up for major solar projects

SEXI solar proposal: NSW councils team up for major solar projects

32 NSW councils seek federal backing to install and gather data from a broad range of PV and solar thermal technologies.

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Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand.

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US solar system prices fell nearly 20% in 2013, set to tumble further

US solar system prices fell nearly 20% in 2013, set to tumble further

US DOE report says distributed solar PV system prices dropped by 12-195 nationwide in 2013, and should fall by another 3-12% in 2014.

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City of Adelaide cuts emissions by 19% in seven years

City of Adelaide cuts emissions by 19% in seven years

Renewable energy and green buildings help City of Adelaide cut community carbon emissions by 19% since 2007, electricity emissions by 31% from 2004-2014.

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How a NSW community solar project raised $120k in 10 days

How a NSW community solar project raised $120k in 10 days

Repower Shoalhaven raised $120k in just 10 days to install a 99kW community solar system that could save the local bowling club up to $400k.

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Australian gas bills set to spike by $300 a year, says report – but it's for the greater good

Australian gas bills set to spike by $300 a year, says report – but it’s for the greater good

Report says governments should clear way for Australian gas export boom, despite fact it could drive up household gas bills by $300 a year in some cities.

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Qld-made EV fast charging technology wins EU supply deal

Qld-made EV fast charging technology wins EU supply deal

Brisbane-based Tritium signs deal to supply its world-leading Veefil fast charge technology to EV networks across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Abbott's Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment

Abbott’s Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment

International report ranks Australia last on leadership & climate change, as carbon price repeal thrust the country into reverse in low-carbon race.

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Coal generates just 1.2% of Qld jobs – not 13%

Coal generates just 1.2% of Qld jobs – not 13%

Despite fossil fuel spin about coal’s economic importance, report finds more Queenslanders work in Arts and Recreation than in the coal industry.