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Category: Energy Markets

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Know your NEM week: Debate shifts to dispatchable renewables

Know your NEM week: Debate shifts to dispatchable renewables

Bond price jump may hit renewable energy projects; state Labor governments under threat; and debate shifts to dispatchable renewable energy.

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Greens call to buy back the grid, in power play against ALP

Greens call to buy back the grid, in power play against ALP

Australian Greens call on federal Labor to take a stance on ownership of the nation’s electricity grid, after unveiling a policy proposal that would seek to return it to public hands.

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Australia wind and solar projects: 2018 starts with a claret run

Australia wind and solar projects: 2018 starts with a claret run

About 800MW of utility-scale renewable projects confirmed in the past six weeks. That’s a pretty hot run-rate. And while the excitement has largely been about PV, the growth of wind is quite significant.

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Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no

Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no

New report says Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee would fail in all of its stated goals, particularly that of boosting energy system security. On this, it says the approach proposed in the NEG “has no precedent in any power system anywhere, ever.”

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NSW Coalition government hints at Liddell intervention. Seriously?

NSW Coalition government hints at Liddell intervention. Seriously?

NSW Premier suggests intervening in Liddell closure as way of “guaranteeing cheap and reliable electricity” for state.

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Arizona mulls biggest storage mandate as it aims for 80% renewables

Arizona mulls biggest storage mandate as it aims for 80% renewables

Arizona – a Republican Party stronghold – is poised to take the lead on energy storage as it mulls an 80 per cent clean energy target by 2050.

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Disappointing Reliability Review highlights failings of AEMC

Disappointing Reliability Review highlights failings of AEMC

See no problems, hear no problems, do very little. We read the AEMC’s Reliability review in the hope of finding some interesting ideas. We didn’t.

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Q&A: How will China’s new carbon trading scheme work?

Q&A: How will China’s new carbon trading scheme work?

China has unveiled some details of its much-anticipated emissions trading scheme, confirming its move to a national carbon market after several years of regional pilots projects.

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Despite those big bills, networks still most likely cause of blackouts

Despite those big bills, networks still most likely cause of blackouts

Reaction to Victoria outages emphasise two points: One is that despite spending tens of billions, and inflating everyone’s power bills, networks are still the biggest cause of blackouts. And two, the tolerance of such outages is close to zero.

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The solar market consolidation that never happened

The solar market consolidation that never happened

Remember the predictions that the solar market would consolidate from 4000 businesses to four or forty major solar companies serving the Australian market? The opposite happened.

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Graph of the Day: Green bonds soar to record $163bn in 2017

Graph of the Day: Green bonds soar to record $163bn in 2017

Annual issuance of green bonds not only passed $100bn in 2017, it sailed right past it, says BNEF, driven by 67% yoy growth.