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Category: Smart Energy

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Sugar vs solar: Qld govt weighs in on legal challenge to solar farm

Sugar vs solar: Qld govt weighs in on legal challenge to solar farm

Legal challenge by sugar miller against the development of one of Australia’s biggest solar farms in Clare, Qld, could be ‘called in’ by state govt.

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Obama’s clean power plan will actually lower consumer energy bills

Obama’s clean power plan will actually lower consumer energy bills

A new study examines how states can reduce carbon pollution cheaply while also keeping household energy prices low.

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Brand new German coal plant worth just one euro

Brand new German coal plant worth just one euro

The new hard coal plant going up in Hamm, Germany is apparently worthless and may never go into operation.

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Why rooftop solar may be worth three times price of grid power

Why rooftop solar may be worth three times price of grid power

Study commissioned by Maine Public Utility Commission drops bombshell, valuing distributed solar at 33c/kWh, far above state’s grid price.

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Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

The main requirements for making algae biofuel are: lots of sunlight, plenty of space, and easy access to the sea. Australia is an algae gardener’s paradise.

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Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

Community-owned utility plans to lead solar, storage revolution

A community-owned retailer aims to tap into the energy revolution taking place in our homes and businesses – and the community desire for change.

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One Step Off the Grid, and exciting stories from behind the meter

One Step Off the Grid, and exciting stories from behind the meter

One Step Off the Grid, the sister publication to RenewEconomy that is focused on the consumer, today issued its second newsletter, with a host of interesting stories about Australia’s energy revolution.

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Renewables briefly covered 78 per cent of German electricity

Renewables briefly covered 78 per cent of German electricity

On July 25, Germany surpassed the old record of 74% renewable electricity. But the most interesting aspect is power trading between France & Germany on that day.

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Community energy retailer aims to be Australia's cheapest, help people quit grid

Community energy retailer aims to be Australia’s cheapest, help people quit grid

NSW community energy start-up Enova prepares IPO, with plans to be Australia’s cheapest green energy retailer and installer, and help locals quit the grid.

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Queensland businesses not as lucky as Mick Fanning

Queensland businesses not as lucky as Mick Fanning

Many Queensland businesses will see huge increases by virtue of the new demand and power factor regime.

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China 2020 solar energy target could reach 200 gigawatts

China 2020 solar energy target could reach 200 gigawatts

China is reportedly considering a solar target of 200 GW by 2020 – more than the world has installed to date.