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Category: Energy Markets

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Know your NEM: Coal reliability issues will get worse

Know your NEM: Coal reliability issues will get worse

Thermal coal generators continue to have reliability issues that will only get worse. It’s astonishing that the AEMC doesn’t seem to understand this issue one little bit.

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When generators jack up prices 100-fold, and regulators do nothing

When generators jack up prices 100-fold, and regulators do nothing

AER report finds generators jacked up energy prices 100-fold, even when there was more than enough capacity. But don’t expect regulators to do anything about it.

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Corporate PPAs took off in 2017 – who were the leaders?

Corporate PPAs took off in 2017 – who were the leaders?

2017 was the tipping point for corporate PPAs in Australia, when contracting renewables to meet energy needs became a commercially viable proposition.

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Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Coal unit trips in heatwave as Tesla big battery cashes in

Thursday’s sudden outage of Victoria’s Loy Yang B unit marked the 13th failure of a major coal unit this summer – and offered just the latest illustration of the vulnerability of Australia’s ageing and increasingly intermittent coal fleet.

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Frydenberg slapped down on Twitter after ignoring coal failure

Frydenberg slapped down on Twitter after ignoring coal failure

Federal energy minister gets social media slap-down after ignoring coal plant failure in Tweet about Thursday’s power price spike.

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Australia's record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Australia’s record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

Only the wilfully ignorant or blind could pretend Australia will achieve its emissions target under the Paris Agreement with no more than a pro rata reduction in electricity emissions.

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Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

The race to meet Australia’s large-scale renewable energy target has helped drive record investment in 2017, says BNEF. But the RET’s fulfilment could also see investment go off a cliff, with only the Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee to cushion the fall.

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Maoneng inks major solar PPA with UNSW, via Origin

Maoneng inks major solar PPA with UNSW, via Origin

China-Australia renewables developer Maoneng to sell output of 200MW Sunraysia Solar Farm to UNSW, in landmark “tripartite” deal backed by Origin.

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Know your NEM: What to expect in 2018

Know your NEM: What to expect in 2018

If 2017 was a year of price shocks and renewables investment, we expect 2018 to be more cagey. That said, bids in America for wind plus storage at $US21/MWh is not a bad start!

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First thoughts: Snowy 2.0 will lift emissions without more renewables

First thoughts: Snowy 2.0 will lift emissions without more renewables

Snowy 2.0 only makes sense if Australia has a much higher share of renewables than contemplated under the NEG.

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Coalition, Labor, Greens and the future of energy in 2018

Coalition, Labor, Greens and the future of energy in 2018

We asked Josh Frydenberg, Mark Butler and Adam Bandt to share their predictions for 2018 and what’s important. This is what they said.