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Category: Insight

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Fiddling with tariffs could be death of utilities

Fiddling with tariffs could be death of utilities

Utilities need to shift the conversation to look at total value proposition for customers, or solar and storage will take their business models.

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How utilities can cope with solar and battery storage

How utilities can cope with solar and battery storage

To cope with solar and storage, utilities need to address issues of stranded asset risk, poor customer relationships, and embrace new business models.

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Customer focus could save utilities from death-spiral

Customer focus could save utilities from death-spiral

Electricity utilities can avoid their very own “Kodak moment” by becoming more customer-focused.

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Demand, emissions and wholesale prices still going down

Demand, emissions and wholesale prices still going down

Coal fired generation at record low in Australia, as wind generation hits record high of 4.6 per cent. Emissions and costs also fall.

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Masdar, Abu Dhabi and the future of our global energy system

Masdar, Abu Dhabi and the future of our global energy system

Abu Dhabi’s ventures into sustainability are built on oil riches, which the country is not prepared to give up – a hypocrisy shared by many other nations.

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The battery storage system that could close down coal power

The battery storage system that could close down coal power

German battery storage company Younicos believes its technology can break down one of the last barriers to 100% renewable energy – the need to run fossil fuel generation to control the ‘frequency’ of the grid. Installing a series of battery parks costing about $4bn, it could remove the need for ‘must run’ coal generation in Germany.

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The democratisation of green energy that is sweeping Germany

One of the most misunderstood aspects of Germany’s green energy transition is the assumption that it’s a top-down mandate. Nothing could be further from the truth: Major generators account for just 7% of the renewable energy that now makes up nearly 25% of the country’s electricity production. Households, farmers and communities make up the rest.

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How 'crazy' green energy citizens became mainstream in Germany

How ‘crazy’ green energy citizens became mainstream in Germany

The German city of Freiburg has an Australian-born mayor and an ambitious plan for renewables and urban sustainability. Like most green initiatives in Germany, it has its origins in the hatred of nuclear, but its approach is fast becoming mainstream.

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Should Australian towns buy back their grids?

Should Australian towns buy back their grids?

Australian communities are being hit hard by high network charges, even as some network operators more than double their profits. Some are asking whether they shouldn’t buy back the grid. The Germans are one step ahead, sweeping aside large network operators who stood in the way of renewables and energy efficiency.

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USB ports could be newest green technology breakthrough

USB ports could be newest green technology breakthrough

USB is used ubiquitously to transfer data and charge mobile devices, but could it be used for green technology?

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In Depth: How tiny King Island is becoming a big name in renewables

King Island is demonstrating the considerable potential for using renewables, energy storage and smart grid technology to break free of fossil fuels.