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Category: Smart Energy

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Napthine government accused of 25 attacks on clean energy

Napthine government accused of 25 attacks on clean energy

Report highlights what it describes as the Victorian Coalition Government’s “systematic campaign” against renewable energy and climate policies.

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US city passes law making solar 'default’ generation resource

US city passes law making solar ‘default’ generation resource

Austin Energy’s recent 5-cent solar contract was a big deal. Now it makes solar “default” generation to hedge against rising fossil fuel costs.

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Utilities should change business model – not count on new subsidies

Utilities should change business model – not count on new subsidies

Utilities in Europe and North America “have to change their business model, whether they like it or not”, says the International Energy Agency

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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.