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Category: News & Commentary

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Hunt says renewables target equivalent to $90/tonne carbon tax

Hunt says renewables target equivalent to $90/tonne carbon tax

Hunt says leaving renewable energy target as is would be equivalent of $90/tonne carbon tax. That’s true, but only if retailers refuse to build wind and solar farms.

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Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Consumer advocates say AEMC’s rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.

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Wind, solar deliver negative electricity prices in middle of day in South Australia

Wind, solar deliver negative electricity prices in middle of day in South Australia

On Sept 30, South Australia ran most of the working day on wind and solar power, and it sent electricity prices into the negative in the middle of the day.

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RET Review panel member wants solar subsidies to end, installs own system

RET Review panel member wants solar subsidies to end, installs own system

One of the key members of the Warburton Review that recommended the end of subsidies under the renewable energy target has just installed a large solar system on a rural property – using the very same subsidy that he wants abolished.

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South Australia hits 100% renewables - for a whole working day

South Australia hits 100% renewables – for a whole working day

Wind energy provided more than 100% of electricity for South Australia during working day last Tuesday. And that didn’t include rooftop solar.

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Graph of the Day: 2,000GW of wind energy by 2030

Graph of the Day: 2,000GW of wind energy by 2030

New report suggests wind energy could supply 19% of global electricity by 2030, up to 30 per cent by 2050.

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US solar system prices fell nearly 20% in 2013, set to tumble further

US solar system prices fell nearly 20% in 2013, set to tumble further

US DOE report says distributed solar PV system prices dropped by 12-195 nationwide in 2013, and should fall by another 3-12% in 2014.

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Micropower's quiet takeover - it accounts for 25% of global supply

Micropower’s quiet takeover – it accounts for 25% of global supply

Micropower is cost-competitive and rapidly scalable … and it democratizes energy choices, promotes competition, speeds learning and innovation.

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UK conservatives attack solar, say it is "blight on landscape"

UK conservatives attack solar, say it is “blight on landscape”

UK Environment Secretary says she would prefer farms grew crops rather than “blighting the landscape” with solar arrays. Sound familiar?

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Electric vehicles: Saviour of utilities, or destroyer?

Electric vehicles: Saviour of utilities, or destroyer?

For utilities, electric vehicle uptake could boost electricity demand and balance a changing grid. On the flip-side, it could help drive households off grid.

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How the electricity industry is trying to block solar in Australia

How the electricity industry is trying to block solar in Australia

Most incumbent electricity companies are implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar; and it is getting worse.