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Category: Smart Energy

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Rio Tinto’s restructuring signals global industry move away from coal

Rio Tinto’s restructuring signals global industry move away from coal

Rio Tinto’s decision to part ways with coal chief represents a major shift in strategy by one of world’s largest coal miners, and industry itself.

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Fossil fuel civil war is good for renewables – and the planet

Fossil fuel civil war is good for renewables – and the planet

Civil war has broken out in the fossil fuel industry as the incumbents fight over declining market share and plummeting prices. Climate concerns were never likely to shut down fossil fuel projects, but bad economics will. That’s good news for wind, solar and other renewables; and good news for the planet.

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SunEdison CEO talks acquisitions, storage and emerging markets

SunEdison CEO talks acquisitions, storage and emerging markets

The head of the world’s biggest renewable energy developer points to much more activity in battery storage and international markets.

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Norway's big dilemma: What to do about Statoil?

Norway’s big dilemma: What to do about Statoil?

It is not easy being an oil company with the climate threat hanging over us. How long can Statoil’s strategy be a bet against successful climate policies?

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Tech guru Simon Hackett installs storage to take office complex off-grid

Tech guru Simon Hackett installs storage to take office complex off-grid

Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett has a Tesla. Now he wants to take his Adelaide tech business off-grid, with the help of solar and Redflow energy storage.

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The video sensation that could tip balance against coal in China

The video sensation that could tip balance against coal in China

Under the Dome, a documentary on pollution in China that has been viewed by more than 200 million people, could turn the tables against fossil fuels in the world’s biggest polluter. Merrill Lynch says the video could have as big an impact Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. Bad news for coal and oil; good news for solar, wind.

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North Carolina about to overtake California as capital of big solar

North Carolina about to overtake California as capital of big solar

The land of loblolly pines, sweet tea and Bojangles is having its little heart blessed with a big photovoltaic jolt of renewable solar power.

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Flinders Island to go 60% renewable with portable storage system

Flinders Island to go 60% renewable with portable storage system

Hydro Tas to trial home-grown portable hybrid renewable energy system combining wind, solar and storage to cut Flinders Island’s diesel habit by 60%.

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Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters.

Solar lights a healthy – and empowering – path in disasters.

Clean energy’s gains in technology and price offer hope and normalcy to those caught in strife and disaster, especially the world’s 50 million refugees.

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Big utilities charge into distributed energy, one step at a time

Big utilities charge into distributed energy, one step at a time

Australia’s biggest two utilities have decided they want to own the rooftop solar on homes and business, and maybe the storage and EVs too. RE interviews the executives behind the strategies, and their attempts to switch from a centralised model to a distributed future.

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EnergyAustralia Yallourn project

EnergyAustralia flags further write downs, in ‘challenging’ market

EnergyAustralia parent company warns value of Australian generation assets ‘may be at risk’ if oversupply in wholesale electricity market continues.