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Explainer: The big 3 projects making South Australia capital of battery storage

Explainer: The big 3 projects making South Australia capital of battery storage

The 100MW/100MWh battery storage project proposed for Whyalla is one of three big projects that will make South Australia the leader in battery storage, as well as wind and solar.

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Factcheck: Right wing columnists blame Grenfell Tower fire on ‘green targets’

Factcheck: Right wing columnists blame Grenfell Tower fire on ‘green targets’

Were green targets to blame for the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy? Murdoch columnists in Australia say so, but here’s a debunk to this ugly nonsense.

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What do we sell when they don’t want our coal?

What do we sell when they don’t want our coal?

If the world is to decarbonise, Australia’s key trading partners of ours must be part of that shift. That means zero emissions hydrogen fuels – powered by wind and solar – replacing coal and gas exports.

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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.