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Category: Energy Markets

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Governments should stick to their job of making policy

Governments should stick to their job of making policy

Fears of the unstoppable energy transition are reinforced and amplified by vested interests and selfish, small minded losers who try and slow it down. Look at how energy prices jumped since Coalition’s intervention on Liddell.

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Customers missing out as rule changes miss the point on inertia

Customers missing out as rule changes miss the point on inertia

Something is fundamentally wrong in the NEM. Frequency control costs have risen dramatically, but the quality of the service has dived.

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Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

AEMO, like Finkel, provided Turnbull with a launch pad to push for a cleaner, smarter, cheaper and more reliable grid. Instead, the Coalition pined for traditional and outdated technologies. It’s time to bust a few myths about baseload and blackouts.

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Why did Hurricane Irma leave so many in the dark?

Why did Hurricane Irma leave so many in the dark?

Extreme weather presents many threats to electricity systems – particularly on centralised grids, where outages can ripple down the line. But can we do better?

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How can we overcome Australia's renewable energy policy deadlock?

How can we overcome Australia’s renewable energy policy deadlock?

Despite federal government inertia, there is the potential for industry and community to influence the direction of energy policy. Here’s how it might be done.

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ESB chair says demand response could kill need for new power plants

ESB chair says demand response could kill need for new power plants

Chair of newly formed Energy Security Board, Kerry Schott, says that by harnessing demand management in Australia, “we can all stop worrying about building new plants of any description.”

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How to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant

How to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant

Wev’e done the modelling on how to replace Liddell with a dispatchable renewable energy plant – including wind, solar, storage and gas. We just need politicians to get out of the way and get on the bus.

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This is just the start of the solar age - seven graphs show why

This is just the start of the solar age – seven graphs show why

Striking new report by one of world’s biggest independent energy consultants shows dramatic decline in coal and oil industry and a peak in global energy demand. Solar dominates, and has only just begun its path to becoming biggest source of energy.

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Liddell coal plant fails on cost, as well as reliability and emissions

Liddell coal plant fails on cost, as well as reliability and emissions

Here’s the uncomfortable truth for the federal government: Keeping Liddell open will possibly make electricity prices higher and electricity less reliable. The fuel cost alone is over $60 MWh and may increase.

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UK renewables auctions set record low price for offshore wind

UK renewables auctions set record low price for offshore wind

Offshore wind now cheaper than nuclear and gas in UK, after second subsidy auction will see two developers build offshore wind farms for just $US75.83/MWh.

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Know your NEM: Corporate PPAs only movement in flat market

Know your NEM: Corporate PPAs only movement in flat market

In a week where energy politics took centre state over market news, the most interesting development was the signing by retailer Flow Energy of a 10-year 50MW PPA with Ararat wind farm in Victoria.