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Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Startups are figuring out ways to beat incumbents in their own game. Virtual power plants may be the answer.

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Do Australian wind turbines all blow at the same time?

Do Australian wind turbines all blow at the same time?

How correlated is the wind output from the various states? And how much will we rely on some form of storage?

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Only five years left before 1.5°C carbon budget is blown

Only five years left before 1.5°C carbon budget is blown

New analysis suggests just 5 years of CO2 emissions at current levels would use up global carbon budget – our buffer to dangerous climate change.

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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.