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ESB modeling confirms NEG designed to shut door on renewables

ESB modeling confirms NEG designed to shut door on renewables

New modelling confirms little if any new renewable energy investment will be made under the NEG. But it reveals that the big savings the Coalition is claiming from the NEG are driven almost entirely by the policy it sought to kill – the renewable energy target.

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Darth Vader or not, the Tesla truck changes everything

Darth Vader or not, the Tesla truck changes everything

With the Tesla truck, Elon Musk has torn down the final frontiers of the campaign against the clean energy transition: cost. And it matters little whether Tesla itself can pull it off – it has already turned two trillion-dollar industries upside down.

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New Finkel report finds no need to panic about energy storage

New Finkel report finds no need to panic about energy storage

New Finkel report says energy storage important, and represents a huge opportunity for Australia, but there is no reason to panic. Even at 50% wind and solar the need for storage is modest, and much could come from households.

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Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid

Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid

Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid – and providing them with solar and storage – can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. It’s a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.

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Victoria's battery storage won't be ready for this summer

Victoria’s battery storage won’t be ready for this summer

Victoria will likely go without its much-vaunted battery storage installations this summer, following months of delays likely to be centred around finance and contracting.

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Victoria presses go on Australia's biggest renewables auction

Victoria presses go on Australia’s biggest renewables auction

Victoria presses go on auction of 650MW of wind and solar capacity, the largest renewable energy tender in Australia to date. It’s a critical move as the RET nears completion and Canberra stalls on future policy settings.

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Rooftop solar changes unsettle industry, raising fears worse to come

Rooftop solar changes unsettle industry, raising fears worse to come

Confusion over RET regulation changes has revealed large cracks in the faith of the renewable energy industry, which – still recovering from the Abbott years – is spooked by the National Energy Guarantee, and possible future policy changes, just as the market is hitting its stride.

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Qld Labor ups ante on renewables - more ambition, new technology

Qld Labor ups ante on renewables – more ambition, new technology

Labor commits to “at least” 50% renewables by 2030, and promises $50m for first large scale solar tower and storage plant. Premier hails technologies that can power Queensland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Schott defends NEG modelling, says wind and solar at “low end”

Schott defends NEG modelling, says wind and solar at “low end”

Schott says NEG modelling assumes “low end” of wind and solar costs, defying recent evidence. But ESB did admit there is much work to do on policy, dispatchability had yet to be defined, new coal unlikely to get a look in, and states free to pursue own targets.

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DP Energy trumps Gupta with 1.1GW of wind, solar and storage

DP Energy trumps Gupta with 1.1GW of wind, solar and storage

Irish company DP Energy unveils major expansion of its Port Augusta hybrid renewable energy park, adding another 300MW of solar and 400MW of battery storage, as South Australia continues to hurtle towards near 100 per cent renewable energy.

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Wind, solar costs continue fall, and fossil fuels can't stop them

Wind, solar costs continue fall, and fossil fuels can’t stop them

Latest analysis from Lazard points to continuing falls in cost of wind and solar, and a growing divide between renewables and fossil fuels. And the cost of storage is falling too.