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ANU: Wind, solar and hydro grid cheapest option for Australia

ANU: Wind, solar and hydro grid cheapest option for Australia

New study by ANU suggested a 100% renewable energy grid, with 90% of electricity coming from wind and solar, will be cheaper than a coal or gas-fired system in Australia.

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Global battery storage industry to fight Australia home bans

Global battery storage industry to fight Australia home bans

Global battery storage companies prepare to fight proposed Australian standards that could effectively ban battery storage from homes and garages, and put major dent into Australia’s claims of being first mass-market for the technology.

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Shorten attacks Coalition for energy "vandalism", affirms 50% target

Shorten attacks Coalition for energy “vandalism”, affirms 50% target

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has accused the Coalition government of policy vandalism on energy, and committed to an emissions intensity scheme that he insists will deliver Labor’s target of 50 per cent renewables in the country’s electricity system by 2030. In a landmark speech at the Bloomberg headquarters in Sydney on Thursday, Shorten said Australia should […]

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CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy

CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy

CSIRO says no technical barriers to 100% renewables, and levels of up to 30% should be considered “trivial” as other energy experts reject conservative attachment to “baseload” fossil fuels.

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Why new coal? Solar towers + storage beats it on all counts

Why new coal? Solar towers + storage beats it on all counts

Developers of solar tower and storage technology lays down challenge to proposed new “clean” coal plants, saying their technology wins on price, flexibility, fuel costs and emissions.

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Australian wind farms to compete with gas to provide grid stability

Australian wind farms to compete with gas to provide grid stability

Wind farms to show they can provide same system services – inertia and frequency – as coal and gas plants in major new trial in South Australia.

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Labor's policy dance likely means more gas, not renewables

Labor’s policy dance likely means more gas, not renewables

The designers of the scheme Labor has embraced to meet climate targets admit it is designed to promote gas, not wind or solar – even with a 50% emission reduction target.

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Why is Labor so hopeless at defending renewables policy?

Why is Labor so hopeless at defending renewables policy?

Labor appears to have made huge backflip on renewables in effort to hide Bill Shorten’s hopeless attempts to defend the policy. Instead of a fixed target, they want to lump renewables into an emission trading scheme, which is more likely to bring new wind and solar to a halt.

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SA blackouts: dud forecasts, lousy software, failing gas plants

SA blackouts: dud forecasts, lousy software, failing gas plants

The report by the Australian Energy Market Operator into the rolling blackouts or load shedding in South Australia last week reveal a sorry tale of bad management, lousy forecasts, dud software and failing fossil fuel plants.

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Is Malcolm Turnbull's solar + storage array enough to go off-grid?

Is Malcolm Turnbull’s solar + storage array enough to go off-grid?

The PM has a lot of solar and a lot of storage at his Point Piper home, and would need a lot more of both to go off grid. But would it be enough for the average household?

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Rooftop solar saved the day, but households got paid a pittance

Rooftop solar saved the day, but households got paid a pittance

It now seems clear that rooftop solar played critical role in easing pressure on the grid during heatwave in eastern states, and moderating prices. But solar households got paid a pittance compared to the coal and gas generators.