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German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017

Electricity from renewables in Germany grew by a record amount, but one big news item may have been overlooked amidst all the new records.

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Know your NEM: What to expect in 2018

Know your NEM: What to expect in 2018

If 2017 was a year of price shocks and renewables investment, we expect 2018 to be more cagey. That said, bids in America for wind plus storage at $US21/MWh is not a bad start!

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"Einstein of the solar world": Remembering UNSW professor Stuart Wenham

“Einstein of the solar world”: Remembering UNSW professor Stuart Wenham

Professor Stuart Wenham – the director of the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence – died suddenly just before Christmas. Colleagues pay tribute to a pioneering researcher and inventor of solar cell technologies with a wide smile, iconic Aussie accent and unflagging enthusiasm.

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China further cementing its clean energy dominance

China further cementing its clean energy dominance

IEEFA’s latest report finds that China continued to set itself up to dominate clean energy sectors during 2017.

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SolarReserve granted approval for 150MW solar thermal project

SolarReserve granted approval for 150MW solar thermal project

SolarReserve’s 150MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year.

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First thoughts: Snowy 2.0 will lift emissions without more renewables

First thoughts: Snowy 2.0 will lift emissions without more renewables

Snowy 2.0 only makes sense if Australia has a much higher share of renewables than contemplated under the NEG.

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Coalition, Labor, Greens and the future of energy in 2018

Coalition, Labor, Greens and the future of energy in 2018

We asked Josh Frydenberg, Mark Butler and Adam Bandt to share their predictions for 2018 and what’s important. This is what they said.

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Costs blow out for Turnbull's Snowy dream to push coal power uphill

Costs blow out for Turnbull’s Snowy dream to push coal power uphill

Snowy 2.0 or Snow Job? Costs for Turnbull’s pet scheme more than double, the economics are kept secret, and project may do little more than use coal power to push water up hill unless Coalition seeks more wind and solar.

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Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

Tesla, Trump, Turnbull and the troglodytes: The best stories of 2017

The death spiral for cars; Tesla’s Big Battery – and electric truck; the two faces of Malcolm Turnbull; and all the other stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Medals of Valour should be awarded to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

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AEMO looks forward. Where does AEMC look?

AEMO looks forward. Where does AEMC look?

AEMO has been a breath of fresh air in 2017. It’s a shame that while AEMO is looking forward, the AEMC is looking the other way. Leadership matters.