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First 100MW solar plant points to missed opportunity in Australia

First 100MW solar plant points to missed opportunity in Australia

The last module on Australia’s first 100MW solar plant has been installed. But the completion of the Nyngan solar plant highlights the huge missed opportunity for big solar in Australia.

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AGL gives equal billing to new technologies in energy restructure

AGL gives equal billing to new technologies in energy restructure

AGL Energy has announced a corporate restructure that will give its nascent New Energy division – including solar, storage and electric vehicles – equal billing with its incumbent wholesale and retail operations.

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Abbott's energy plan will encourage consumers to quit the grid

Abbott’s energy plan will encourage consumers to quit the grid

Energy White Paper dammed by Professor Ross Garnaut for promoting coal at expense of solar, and shaping tariffs in a way that will simply encourage consumers to quit the grid.

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First auctions to prove Direct Action more slogan than policy

First auctions to prove Direct Action more slogan than policy

Tony Abbott’s Direct Action plan to address Australia’s modest emission reduction targets finally hit the road this week. If the analysts are right, it will prove nothing more than the emperor has no clothes.

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Gas fades to black as demand forecasts plummet

Gas fades to black as demand forecasts plummet

The anticipated gas shortage in Australia turned out to be a mirage. So, too, did the golden age of gas, as the removal of carbon pricing, the slowdown of renewables, and the surge in gas prices gave the advantage back to coal.

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If wind energy were dangerous, we’d all be making pavlovas

If wind energy were dangerous, we’d all be making pavlovas

The Senate wind inquiry has been told of extraordinary damage to brain and physical function of humans, kelpies and ewes. The men taking these claims seriously are being asked by Tony Abbott to help seal the fate of Australia’s renewable energy industry.

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Coalition deepens attack on renewables, as Labor takes long term view

Coalition deepens attack on renewables, as Labor takes long term view

The Abbott government is fabricating new arguments in an attempt to dodge any agreement on renewables. The industry, meanwhile, will be dependent on Labor delivering on a longer-term energy vision.

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Abbott's energy white paper focuses on fossil fuel favourites

Abbott’s energy white paper focuses on fossil fuel favourites

The Abbott government’s energy white paper focuses on the old favourites – gas, coal and nuclear, and ignores climate. Wind energy gets a single mention, while rooftop solar is dammed for “cross subsidies”. But it does acknowledge that battery storage will create a “paradigm shift” that will require energy utilities to change their business models.

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Why battery storage may put peaking gas plants out of business

Why battery storage may put peaking gas plants out of business

Battery storage could make peaking gas plants – currently an essential tool for meeting variations in peak demand – virtually redundant. It’s just one of a number of changes predicts as storage costs fall in coming years, with network upgrades, home and business use and electric vehicles also likely to boom.

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Australia’s coal industry raises barriers to solar and storage

Australia’s coal industry raises barriers to solar and storage

Fossil fuel industry in Australia wants to slow down deployment of wind and solar PV. And they are in no hurry to deploy solar towers with storage either – technology that will hasten the redundancy of the current coal fleet.

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Cheap oil vs wind and solar: fight for future of energy

Cheap oil vs wind and solar: fight for future of energy

In a major new report, Citigroup says the slump in oil and gas prices may provide some road humps for wind and solar, but renewables will win out because of economics, energy security and environment issues. And it’s the cheapest way to substitute coal-fired power.