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Category: Energy Markets

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Shift to "base-cost" renewables: 10 predictions for 2017

Shift to “base-cost” renewables: 10 predictions for 2017

Old energy rules were all about locking in cheap base-load power, and supplementing it with more expensive capacity, generally gas, to meet the peaks. The new way is about putting in super-cheap, “base-cost” renewable power at the heart of the world’s grids.

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Investors profit from industries of the future as cleantechs beat main index

Investors profit from industries of the future as cleantechs beat main index

Over the last 12 months, the Australian CleanTech Index recorded a gain of 30.4%, miles ahead of the mainstream index.

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Why Origin Energy should lead with "on-demand" renewables business

Why Origin Energy should lead with “on-demand” renewables business

Origin Energy should consider a bid for NSW network operator Endeavour Energy and/or make a serious push into the Queensland renewable energy market, with the aim of developing Australia’s first large scale “renewables energy on demand” business.

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Portland smelter rescue deal to cost Victoria $1.1 billion over 4 years

Portland smelter rescue deal to cost Victoria $1.1 billion over 4 years

The bailout of the Portland aluminium smelter is arguably the dumbest thing the normally sensible Andrews Labor state Government will have committed to. And it will bear direct subsidy and power costs that amount to more than $500,000 per direct employee, per year.

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Clean energy spending drops, green bonds make splash, New York funds projects

Clean energy spending drops, green bonds make splash, New York funds projects

Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high. However, even as spending ebbs, the amount of wind and solar connected to power grids around the world is still climbing.

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Australian renewables investment bucks global trend to grow 49% in 2016

Australian renewables investment bucks global trend to grow 49% in 2016

After two disastrous years, investment in large scale renewable energy finally rebounded in Australia in 2016, and actually went against the global trend with a 50 per cent increase.

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Renewable energy production stagnates in Germany in 2016

Renewable energy production stagnates in Germany in 2016

There were only minor changes in the share of renewables in Germany last year. The most surprising being the change in natural gas..

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Sonnen wins US$1.5 million Zayed future energy prize

Sonnen wins US$1.5 million Zayed future energy prize

German battery manufacturer receives US$1.5 million award at opening ceremony of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Spot electricity prices averaged $447/MWh for the week in Queensland, and surged above $13,000 on a couple of occasions. Of course, there is no newspaper article when this happens because, since there is basically only rooftop PV in the state in the way of renewables, there is no convenient scapegoat.

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New York aims to replace nuclear power with clean energy

New York aims to replace nuclear power with clean energy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promises declining carbon emissions even as the state closes the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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You are 16, going on 17: The year in review, part 1

You are 16, going on 17: The year in review, part 1

The year that was: Donald Trump, soaring temperatures, mass-market EVs, and price parity – even in NSW – for solar and storage.