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Articles by Tristan Edis

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Australia wind and solar power overtake gas in September

Australia wind and solar power overtake gas in September

Not long ago, energy market modellers thought we’d be building gas turbines everywhere to hit our emissions targets. How quickly things change.

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Queensland takes lead in Australian renewable energy race

Queensland takes lead in Australian renewable energy race

Large-scale power project construction work has broken through 10,000 jobs and rooftop solar installs almost broke 100MW for the month. And Queensland has taken the lead.

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Even Machiavelli couldn't have dreamed up the fight against renewables

Even Machiavelli couldn’t have dreamed up the fight against renewables

Green Energy Markets Renewable Energy Index shows an industry delivering on its promise: fulfilling a large and growing part of Australia’s energy needs while also providing meaningful employment.

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Turnbull has failed to axe Australia's power price "laziness" tax

Turnbull has failed to axe Australia’s power price “laziness” tax

The PM only had to push energy reforms slightly further to make a world of difference, and protect consumers from the “laziness tax” exploited by utilities.

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New coal power plants are great – if you don’t have to pay for them

New coal power plants are great – if you don’t have to pay for them

Tomago smelter wants a new coal generator, subsidised by the government. If it really wants coal power, why doesn’t it write out a contract itself?

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Renewable energy investment is booming but there are clouds ahead

Renewable energy investment is booming but there are clouds ahead

It is now clear there are enough projects ready to go to sail past the 2020 renewable energy target. But just because we can doesn’t mean that we will. There are still some major hurdles.

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Rooftop solar enjoys second boom as fossil fuel scare campaign backfires

Rooftop solar enjoys second boom as fossil fuel scare campaign backfires

The fossil fuel industry’s scare campaign over renewable energy has seen households and businesses flocking to install solar on their roofs.

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The madness behind a Chief Scientist report on energy

The madness behind a Chief Scientist report on energy

You couldn’t dream up the crazy set of events that have driven fears that South Australia is a sign of the threats to come to power supply reliability.

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The renewable energy investment drought has broken

The renewable energy investment drought has broken

Investors feel like they have been sandwiched between Cory Bernardi and Bob Brown, but there are finally signs that the investment drought for wind and solar is over.

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Why power prices are higher without a carbon price

Why power prices are higher without a carbon price

The market is now pricing wholesale electricity contracts for next year at levels higher than what prevailed when the carbon price was in place.

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Understanding the decision to close Hazelwood and other old clunkers

Understanding the decision to close Hazelwood and other old clunkers

Changing economics, tech advances, global warming, and the fact that things wear out over time: the writing is on the wall.