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Category: Smart Energy

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Westpac joins green bond market with $500 million issuance

Westpac joins green bond market with $500 million issuance

Australia’s second big bank enters green bond market with $500m Westpac Climate Bond to finance a $1 billion clean energy, green building portfolio.

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Engie flags potential closure of Hazelwood, world's most polluting power plant

Engie flags potential closure of Hazelwood, world’s most polluting power plant

Engie reveals for first time that it is considering closure of Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria, the world’s most polluting power plant.

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Two Australian companies tapped for global clean energy showcase

Two Australian companies tapped for global clean energy showcase

Sydney-based companies Wattwatchers, Solar Analytics picked for showcase of 100 breakthrough technologies and startups driving decarbonisation of global economy.

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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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Debt-ridden India energy group drops mention of Galilee Basin projects

Debt-ridden India energy group drops mention of Galilee Basin projects

GVK reveals more losses, ballooning debt – and makes no mention of Galilee Basin coal projects.

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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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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.

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Coalition not ready to embrace high penetration renewable energy

Coalition not ready to embrace high penetration renewable energy

Federal government has asked CSIRO to develop a “technology neutral” roadmap for a “low emissions” future by the end of the year, but is still struggling with the idea of a high renewables-penetration grid.

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Household solar + storage to meet most of peak demand, and keep grids stable

Household solar + storage to meet most of peak demand, and keep grids stable

Australian households will not just be supplying much of their own electricity consumption in the future. The combined capacity of their storage and solar will play a critical role in managing peak demand and grid security in an energy system that will look little like today’s.

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Why 80% of regional energy customers are happy to leave the grid

Why 80% of regional energy customers are happy to leave the grid

A Western Power survey has shown that an overwhelming majority its regional electricity customers were open to quitting the grid.