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Category: Smart Energy

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Chile is poised to adopt South America’s first carbon tax

Chile is poised to adopt South America’s first carbon tax

Chile to become the first country in South America to institute a carbon tax, and the second in Latin America after Mexico.

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AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

AEMC targets solar and air-con in power pricing proposal

The rule maker for Australia’s energy markets is targeting households with air-con and solar as it tries to share around the cost of networks, and to recognise role of battery storage. But will these rules reward incumbent utilities, or recognise the future? And can they be done fast enough?

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Wind energy surges in China, as demand for coal fades

Wind energy surges in China, as demand for coal fades

China is expected to exceed its target of 100GW wind capacity by 2015 by 30% by the end of 2015.

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China eyes $16bn EV charging fund: report

China eyes $16bn EV charging fund: report

Reports emerge that the Chinese government is considering putting $US16bn towards electric-vehicle charging facilities, to spur demand for EVs.

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Why tariff design is critical for utilities to survive solar and storage

Why tariff design is critical for utilities to survive solar and storage

There is a looming disconnect between the rapidly evolving new world of distributed energy technologies and the old world of electricity pricing.

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Verizon set to be largest solar producing communication company

Verizon set to be largest solar producing communication company

Verizon set to install 10.2 MW of new solar power systems across eight of the network facilities.

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Coal found guilty in case of energy generation vs birds

Coal found guilty in case of energy generation vs birds

U.S. News has investigated just how many birds are killed by different energy sources each year, and the figures do not look good for coal utilities.

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Atlantis raises $83m towards 'world's largest' tidal energy plant

Atlantis raises $83m towards ‘world’s largest’ tidal energy plant

Australian-founded Atlantis Resources raises $US83m towards construction of first phase of planned 398MW tidal-stream power plant off Scotland.

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University plea to Abbott: Don’t kill Australia's world leading solar R&D

University plea to Abbott: Don’t kill Australia’s world leading solar R&D

As Abbott government renews attempts to kill ARENA, academics warn Australia could lose world leading position in solar research.

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India plans to add 10,000MW wind energy capacity every year

India plans to add 10,000MW wind energy capacity every year

Indian wind turbine manufacturers and project developers to increase annual capacity addition to five times its current level.

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German report outlines vision for 100% renewable power

German report outlines vision for 100% renewable power

The visualisation of a three-year project into what a purely renewable power supply in Germany would look like is truly astonishing.