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Category: News & Commentary

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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.

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How the electricity industry is trying to block solar (part 2)

How the electricity industry is trying to block solar (part 2)

Another 10 examples of how the incumbent electricity industry – with the help of policy makers – is acting to stop rooftop solar industry.

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Into the deep: Oceans, climate change and the hiatus

Into the deep: Oceans, climate change and the hiatus

Are Earth’s oceans hotting up or aren’t they? And if so, how will this affect life on dry land? A top to bottom look at oceans and climate change.

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Will smart meters follow poles and wires as new white elephant?

Will smart meters follow poles and wires as new white elephant?

The utility industry is making a big push for smart meters to be rolled out across the country, partly because it hopes this will enable them to lock in customers, and help introduce flexible tariffs. But smart innovators are literally blowing Raspberries at these best laid plans, with new technologies that allow consumers to control their home systems.