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Category: Energy Markets

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New York's energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York’s energy system: The times they are a changin’

New York grid operator says future grid will not only become more decentralized and de-carbonized, but it will increasingly be bi-directional, if not multi-directional.

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Know your NEM: Queensland jaw-boning pushes prices down

Know your NEM: Queensland jaw-boning pushes prices down

Queensland government edict pushes wholesale prices down; solar costs fall again; Infigen’s lousy wind quarter; aspect of limited merits review decision.

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Investing trillions in electricity’s sunny future

Investing trillions in electricity’s sunny future

NNEF has just published its fourth annual New Energy Outlook with electricity’s future looking sunny — and windy, too — to the tune of trillions of dollars of new investment.

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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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Know your NEM: Focus on renewables and transmission plans

Know your NEM: Focus on renewables and transmission plans

In the past week, future prices fell again in all states. The downtrend is now firmly established and prices in the out years are significantly lower than in 2018. That’s particularly noticeable in Victoria.

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Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

It’s not clear that there is a sufficient reward to justify much new investment in storage and firming capacity, given the presence of Snowy, Tas Hydro, and existing gas and coal generation.

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Finkel Review: What's in it for solar and storage customers like Jenny?

Finkel Review: What’s in it for solar and storage customers like Jenny?

People with batteries and behind the meter devices can help the market meet demand. But are they well served by the Finkel Review?

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Finkel drops ball on national energy savings scheme

Finkel drops ball on national energy savings scheme

The energy crisis solution must provide complementary emphasis on driving down consumption, not just on providing more generation.

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Know your NEM: Why Finkel's energy storage thought bubble needs bursting

Know your NEM: Why Finkel’s energy storage thought bubble needs bursting

This week delivered two reviews and one federal court decision… and a thought bubble on energy storage that will almost certainly increase consumer costs.

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What do consumers get out of the Finkel blueprint?

What do consumers get out of the Finkel blueprint?

The short answer is, not a lot. Finkel promises savings of $92 a year by 2030, but most customer bills are going to jump $300 a year next month. Nothing much will change until utilities can match the cost of new technologies, rather than hiding behind regulatory barriers.

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Finkel Reaction: Turnbull happy, Greens and NGOs appalled

Finkel Reaction: Turnbull happy, Greens and NGOs appalled

Landmark report… or ‘political agreement to let the planet burn’? A collection of the comments on, and reactions to the Finkel review.