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Category: News & Commentary

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A market no more? Why two state governments rebelled against NEM

A market no more? Why two state governments rebelled against NEM

Premiers and senior Ministers in two of the six states in the National Electricity Market are now actively campaigning against market outcomes.

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Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Blackouts in Victoria illustrate how networks and regulators have failed to change their business models, and failed to keep up with technology.

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Charging ahead: How Australia is innovating battery technology

Charging ahead: How Australia is innovating battery technology

As battery demand increases, so does the search for search for alternative technologies. Australian companies and universities are leading in developing innovative solutions, but the path to commercial success has its challenges.

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IKEA flags selling solar panels "at cost" in Australia, industry reacts

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, “at cost”, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

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NEG: A tangled web of electricity regulation

NEG: A tangled web of electricity regulation

How will retailers meet their emission reduction obligations under the proposed NEG. It’s a tangled web, and we suspect the ESB is starting to understand the monster it is creating.

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New-build homes with solar and storage? "It's going to be the norm"

New-build homes with solar and storage? “It’s going to be the norm”

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon “just going to be the norm”, says home builder Metricon. Already, they’re putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

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Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Windows have been ubiquitous in society for centuries, filling our homes and workplaces with natural light. But what if they could also generate electricity?

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Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

Demand tariffs are controversial, but if properly done they could work for everyone. We just need the network owners to do the right thing.

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IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

IEA warns Australia not to miss the importance of solar, although it does suggest that Australia waste more money on CCS.

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Origin Energy: How to manage its exit from coal

Origin Energy: How to manage its exit from coal

Origin is earning itself the right to grow by performing better, but the trick will be to sell the interest in APLNG in the next few years, and to replace Eraring with competitive dispatchable renewable generation.