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Articles by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson

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AEMO cautious about over-loading storage on wind, solar farms

AEMO cautious about over-loading storage on wind, solar farms

AEMO boss Audrey Zibelman cautious about level of storage required for new wind and solar farms, but keen to push forward with energy market reforms. “We don’t want to waste this crisis,” she said.

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Finkel offers cheaper, cleaner energy - all  carrots and no stick

Finkel offers cheaper, cleaner energy – all carrots and no stick

Australia’s chief scientist says we need an energy market plan, unveils suite of recommendations including a Clean Energy target, but which appears to favour coal over gas, and puts lid on renewable energy developments.

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Consumer bills to jump as networks score court victory over regulator

Consumer bills to jump as networks score court victory over regulator

Australian Energy Regulator loses costly Federal Court battle to control how much NSW network operators can charge for power.

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Origin stuns industry with record low price for 530MW wind farm

Origin stuns industry with record low price for 530MW wind farm

Origin to buy output from 530MW Stockyard Hill wind farm at less than $60/MWh in price that will stun Australian industry. Following numerous solar deals, it expects renewables to account for more than 25% of its supply by 2020.

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Garnaut’s ZEN Energy plans baseload renewable retail product

Garnaut’s ZEN Energy plans baseload renewable retail product

ZEN Energy unveils partnership with Santos as part of plan to offer cheap “baseload renewable electricity” product to commercial and industrial users.

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Origin signs up for 200MW solar plant in S.A, as PPA prices tumble

Origin signs up for 200MW solar plant in S.A, as PPA prices tumble

Origin Energy reveals its latest PPA as a 200MW project that’s being built by a former coal man in Port Augusta.

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Hazelwood closure won't impact reliability, says AEMO

Hazelwood closure won’t impact reliability, says AEMO

AEMO says Hazelwood closure no threat to reliability – unless market sits on its hands. Meanwhile, Senate Committee recommends planned exit of coal generation by 2020.

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Coalition, Labor agree to slash $500m from ARENA budget

Coalition, Labor agree to slash $500m from ARENA budget

ARENA to have its funding slashed by $500m after Labor and the Coalition agree to compromise on government’s omnibus budget repair package.

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Origin signs first offtake agreement with Degrussa solar and storage plant

Origin signs first offtake agreement with Degrussa solar and storage plant

Origin signs offtake for hybrid solar and storage plant at Degrussa mine – its third solar contract, as it seeks bidders for massive Stockyard Hill wind farm.

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Today Tonight's misleading report on renewables in South Australia

Today Tonight’s misleading report on renewables in South Australia

Seven’s Today Tonight report into renewable energy included some shocking errors, and it didn’t mention that one of its quoted critics is actually a big supporter of solar energy.

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South Australia targets battery storage in new renewables auction

South Australia targets battery storage in new renewables auction

South Australia says 25% of its energy needs will come from “dispatchable” renewables, such as solar with battery storage and biomass.