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Category: Smart Energy

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First bulk-buy program launched to slash costs of battery storage

First bulk-buy program launched to slash costs of battery storage

Australia’s first bulk-buy program launched by consumer advocates aims to offer battery storage products at “below market prices” for individual and community projects, and make installation easier.

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Incumbents' tariff war on rooftop solar accelerates "death spiral"

Incumbents’ tariff war on rooftop solar accelerates “death spiral”

Low tariffs, and an absence of market signals rewarding the benefits of local generation, will encourage homes, businesses and small communities to quit the network, a new study has found. Will the incumbents ever learn?

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24/7 power? Nearly half Germany nuclear plant off-line due to faults, faked testing

24/7 power? Nearly half Germany nuclear plant off-line due to faults, faked testing

Three of Germany’s eight remaining nuclear reactors have been off-line for most of April. So much for 24/7 reliable power.

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A good look at the economics of solar PV and storage

A good look at the economics of solar PV and storage

Let’s remove the emotion for a minute and take a close look at the economics of the decision whether or not to get a solar PV and battery system.

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Energy Markets: Spot electricity prices are shockingly high

Energy Markets: Spot electricity prices are shockingly high

Spot electricity prices are shockingly high for this time of year in most states, as Queensland demand surges and Tasmania turns to gas and diesel.

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South Australia: The last coal train rolls into Port Augusta

South Australia: The last coal train rolls into Port Augusta

The last coal train rolled into Port Augusta last week, ahead of the planned closure next week of the state’s last coal-fired generator.

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Australia heads back to bottom of barrel on climate, clean energy

Australia heads back to bottom of barrel on climate, clean energy

Only one minister, the ACT’s Simon Corbell, has had the courage and vision to stand up to incumbent bully-boys and introduce policies and targets that match the climate science. Yet the Coalition and most media continue to peddle nonsense dismissed most cogently by the new chief sloganeer, Malcolm Turnbull.

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Analyst's corner: ALP energy policy not ideal, but it is credible

Analyst’s corner: ALP energy policy not ideal, but it is credible

If Australia can spend $50bn building 12 submarines, it can certainly incentivise the private sector to spend a similar sum building the next generation electricity system.

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Maker of Daimler and Mercedes cars starts selling home energy storage units

Maker of Daimler and Mercedes cars starts selling home energy storage units

Daimler AG, in conjunction with its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, has begun deliveries of its first home energy storage systems.

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Huge, $800m bio-energy project in Queensland gets boost from ARENA grant

Huge, $800m bio-energy project in Queensland gets boost from ARENA grant

ARENA puts $3m towards development of proposed energy self-sufficient bio-energy plant in north Queensland that would be Australia’s largest.

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South Australia says national grid holding back renewables

South Australia says national grid holding back renewables

SA environment minister says outdated grid and “straitjacket NEM” is greatest hurdle to the rapid and efficient growth of renewable energy generation.