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Category: Renewables

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Networks discover that rooftop solar is no longer the enemy

Networks discover that rooftop solar is no longer the enemy

Australian network operators have had an epiphany. The future lies in solar and storage and smart technologies, and the utilities have to cater for customer needs. But is too late?

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Wind energy hits 100% of South Australia demand on Sunday

Wind energy hits 100% of South Australia demand on Sunday

South Australia coal-free update: Wind energy provided more than South Australia’s demand for more than 10 hours on Sunday.

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No batteries required: pumped hydro for solar energy storage

No batteries required: pumped hydro for solar energy storage

Need a complementary energy storage system that is well established globally, can handle massive capacity requirements and allow seasonal storage? How about pumped hydro.

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Falling network utilisation is the breeding ground for disruption

Falling network utilisation is the breeding ground for disruption

Assets that are already paid for, easily available and generally idle for periods of time are the fuel for disruption. And that includes electricity networks.

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Energy costs for German industry fall sharply since 2010

Energy costs for German industry fall sharply since 2010

Critics of Germany’s Energiewende often point to increased energy costs for industry. But new research confirms energy costs have fallen sharply since 2010, the year before Chancellor Merkel’s nuclear phaseout.

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Thinking global on climate and energy: IRENA to the fore

Thinking global on climate and energy: IRENA to the fore

The International Renewable Energy Agency is proving a valuable resource. Tasmania could have taken some of the “Islands: lighthouses for renewable energy” information on board and avoided some of its recent issues.

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Enphase says battery storage orders well ahead of target

Enphase says battery storage orders well ahead of target

Enphase reports strong interest in battery storage products. “The move to next generation grid and decarbonisation cannot happen fast enough.”

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Nissan lands world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal

Nissan lands world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal

Madrid is adding 110 new Nissan LEAF EVs to its taxi fleet, and installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the capital.

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Vietnam needs a 21st Century electricity plan

Vietnam needs a 21st Century electricity plan

Vietnam’s revised Power Development Plan on how it will meet its electricity needs between 2016 and 2030 contains good and bad news.

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How long to wean the world off fossil fuels?

How long to wean the world off fossil fuels?

It is hard to imagine a day when fossil fuels will be used sparingly. But with carbon now officially a liability, and renewables moving mainstream, chances are humanity can kick the habit much faster than previously thought possible.

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WA network adopts "mobile phone plans" to deal with peak consumption

WA network adopts “mobile phone plans” to deal with peak consumption

Horizon Power pilot scheme to adapt “mobile phone” style plans to set consumption limits in times of peak demand.