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Category: Smart Energy

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WA copper mine goes green as it powers with solar and storage

WA copper mine goes green as it powers with solar and storage

First big solar and storage plant fires up at WA copper mine, and other miners are keen to follow suit to reduce crippling cost of diesel.

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Wind and solar PV have won the race – it's too late for other clean energy technologies

Wind and solar PV have won the race – it’s too late for other clean energy technologies

PV and wind will be dominate the renewable energy transition because there isn’t time for another low-emission technology to catch them before they saturate the market.

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IEA report says fossil fuels killing three million people a year

IEA report says fossil fuels killing three million people a year

Anyone parroting the mantra that ‘coal is the lowest cost source of electricity’ is clearly also putting a pretty low value on human life.

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Capacity payments: costly subsidies propping up coal generators

Capacity payments: costly subsidies propping up coal generators

“Capacity payments” in the European utility industry today are looking more and more like subsidies to prop up a fading industry threatened by the rise of renewables.

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The absurdly high cost of Tasmania's switch to diesel: $1,163/MWh

The absurdly high cost of Tasmania’s switch to diesel: $1,163/MWh

In Tasmania, solar households are paid $60/MWh for exports back into the grid. In the recent energy crisis, Hydro Tasmania paid 20 times that price for dirty diesel.

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CSIRO's solar thermal air-con providing cool air for shopping centre

CSIRO’s solar thermal air-con providing cool air for shopping centre

CSIRO-developed air-con technology that uses solar thermal collectors to power energy efficient cooling will undergo 12 months testing at Ballarat shopping centre.

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Brown coal's bleak future as Victoria ramps up renewables

Brown coal’s bleak future as Victoria ramps up renewables

The future for big brown coal generators looks bleak if Victoria meets its ambitious renewable energy target. It could force the closure of Hazelwood before 2020.

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How the gas cartel is holding the nation to ransom

How the gas cartel is holding the nation to ransom

Living in a gas rich nation at a time of a global supply glut should mean that the Australian consumer would have a plethora of choices for cheap supply. Not so.

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Energy efficiency market: Businesses turn to efficient lighting

Energy efficiency market: Businesses turn to efficient lighting

Hundreds of businesses have taken up energy saving lighting upgrades, causing prices in the Victoria energy efficiency market to fall.

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Illinois power plant closings reveal worldwide nuclear issues

Illinois power plant closings reveal worldwide nuclear issues

The many-sided battle over nuclear power continues with a clear break over politics in Illinois.

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India cancels four major new coal plants in move to end imports

India cancels four major new coal plants in move to end imports

India announces plans to cancel four proposed coal-fired power plants with combined capacity of 16GW, meaning more bad news for Australian thermal coal exporters.