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Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan

Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan

Telstra hires Powershop boss Ben Burge to lead new team focusing on solar and battery storage, and how to take on traditional energy utilities by offering home energy services as part of a data and phone bundled package.

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Queensland inquiry's big fail on rooftop solar and battery storage

Queensland inquiry’s big fail on rooftop solar and battery storage

Imagine you are a government, or pricing regulator, or independent advisory body charged with addressing the soaring cost of electricity: Where would you focus your efforts – on the biggest source of those price surges, or a minor addition labelled green?

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Five things we learned this week about Tony Turnbull/Malcolm Abbott

Five things we learned this week about Tony Turnbull/Malcolm Abbott

Nearly six months ago Malcolm Turnbull became PM after Tony Abbott was dumped by his own party. What emerged from this shake-up, however, was a shady new composite figure – a Malcolm Abbott, or a Tony Turnbull. Here’s how to recognise him…

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AGL quits coal seam gas, to focus on "energy evolution"

AGL quits coal seam gas, to focus on “energy evolution”

AGL cites low oil and gas prices for sudden exit from gas exploration and production, and all its coal seam gas assets. Environmentalists hail major victory, as AGL says it wants to focus on “energy evolution”.

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Senate to inquire into carbon risk, despite Coalition objection

Senate to inquire into carbon risk, despite Coalition objection

Australia Senate over-rides objections from Coalition government and votes for an inquiry into carbon risks for Australian companies. The Parliamentary Budget Office, meanwhile, confirms that Coalition wants to dismantle ARENA.

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Was the renewables industry better off under Abbott than Turnbull?

Was the renewables industry better off under Abbott than Turnbull?

The new parliament session has begun, and little has changed. Large scale renewables remain at a standstill and the Coalition government is still pushing for the removal of CEFC, ARENA, and the Climate Change Authority. Has anything changed under Malcolm Turnbull?

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Australia emissions surging to record high despite Paris climate deal

Australia emissions surging to record high despite Paris climate deal

Despite signing on to the Paris pledge to slash global emissions, Australia’s emissions are poised to reach record highs after 2020 and may not peak until 2030. Australia is now facing a policy void and it has been criticised in a major new study for having no “high level vision”.

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Garnaut – time to write down value of power grids

Garnaut – time to write down value of power grids

Listed companies are being forced to write down value of fossil fuel assets in face of falling prices and cheaper renewables. Ross Garnaut argues that grid owners should do the same, given progress of solar PV and battery storage and the shift from centralised generation.

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Australian regulators struggle with shift to an energy democracy

Australian regulators struggle with shift to an energy democracy

Australia’s state and federal energy regulators are struggling to deal with the idea of an “energy democracy”. The cosy cabal that once made all investment and tariff decisions is being challenged by the emergence of more than a million electricity “pro-sumers.”

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Australian bushfires may accelerate push to solar + storage for homes

Australian bushfires may accelerate push to solar + storage for homes

Study finds installing solar PV and battery storage in rural homes could reduce the risk of bushfires caused by powerlines by one tenth of the cost of alternatives – such as burying power lines underground.

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Germany says solar and wind have won technology race

Germany says solar and wind have won technology race

The architect of Germany’s Energiewende says it is clear which technologies are winners of energy transition. The task now for Germany is to focus on solar and wind integration, ‘digitising” the grid, and energy storage and efficiency. “There is no going back,” he says.