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The grid is at a fork in the road - which way to turn?

The grid is at a fork in the road – which way to turn?

Solar PV and batteries will be part of the grid of the future. But what part? And what sort of grid?

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An emerging renewables superpower: China's climate pledge guns for green growth

An emerging renewables superpower: China’s climate pledge guns for green growth

It’s official. On Tuesday, China submitted its emissions-reduction goals to the UN, in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit in December this year.

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Is Germany's energy transition reliant on foreign nuclear power?

Is Germany’s energy transition reliant on foreign nuclear power?

The claim that Germany will rely on foreign nuclear energy is back again. One wonders why proponents of nuclear power understand the technology and markets so poorly.

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Anger grows over Spanish law designed to halt residential storage

Anger grows over Spanish law designed to halt residential storage

Citizens and industry hit back at a proposal to tax solar-plus-storage systems.

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Powerful incumbents have left us with dumb energy efficiency policies

Powerful incumbents have left us with dumb energy efficiency policies

Australian appliance energy efficiency policy has focused on new appliances, but we can do a lot better. Here’s my recipe for success.

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Leaked EU power market design document

Leaked EU power market design document

The EU is currently discussing how power markets in member states could be redesigned to promote free trade. A leaked draft shows where the discussion is.

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Victorian solar project to create 'perpetual' fund for community renewables

Victorian solar project to create ‘perpetual’ fund for community renewables

Tender launched to install 30kW solar system at former Woodend timber mill, use funds generated to reinvest in more solar, or ‘perpetual fund’ for community renewables.

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IEA’s low carbon scenario again underestimates the role of renewables

IEA’s low carbon scenario again underestimates the role of renewables

There is much that is good in IEA’s World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change, but its renewables projections are less satisfactory.

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Pacific islands get renewable energy makeover, including sideways-hourglass wind turbine

Pacific islands get renewable energy makeover, including sideways-hourglass wind turbine

The recent conversion of the Palmyra Atoll to be 100 percent renewable offers an innovative look into how this can be achieved.

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We need to talk about wind energy: Getting beyond the noise about turbines

We need to talk about wind energy: Getting beyond the noise about turbines

Young mother’s journey from silence to speaking up for wind energy highlights importance of open, honest communication in regional wind communities, without fear or manipulation.

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What does Dutch court ruling on climate targets mean for Australia?

What does Dutch court ruling on climate targets mean for Australia?

Could such a case be brought in Australia? And what are the broader implications for Australia in how it positions itself on climate change?