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2016 officially declared hottest year on record

2016 officially declared hottest year on record

The hottest year in 137 years, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, says U.S. government scientists.

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Why Origin Energy should lead with "on-demand" renewables business

Why Origin Energy should lead with “on-demand” renewables business

Origin Energy should consider a bid for NSW network operator Endeavour Energy and/or make a serious push into the Queensland renewable energy market, with the aim of developing Australia’s first large scale “renewables energy on demand” business.

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Portland smelter rescue deal to cost Victoria $1.1 billion over 4 years

Portland smelter rescue deal to cost Victoria $1.1 billion over 4 years

The bailout of the Portland aluminium smelter is arguably the dumbest thing the normally sensible Andrews Labor state Government will have committed to. And it will bear direct subsidy and power costs that amount to more than $500,000 per direct employee, per year.

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Australia rooftop solar market recovers late in 2016, but falls short of target

Australia rooftop solar market recovers late in 2016, but falls short of target

The Australian rooftop solar market made a strong recovery late in 2016 to slightly beat the 2015 figure, and the early indications look for for the new year.

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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.