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Category: Smart Energy

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South Australia pushes battery storage in government buildings

South Australia pushes battery storage in government buildings

South Australia looks to install battery storage in parliament house, museums and art galleries, and up to 150 other buildings including schools and railway stations, as it looks to become a leader in energy storage as well as wind and solar.

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Anger grows over Spanish law designed to halt residential storage

Anger grows over Spanish law designed to halt residential storage

Citizens and industry hit back at a proposal to tax solar-plus-storage systems.

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King coal’s stages of grief, part 1: Facing the facts

King coal’s stages of grief, part 1: Facing the facts

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The 5 stages of grief for coal.

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Powerful incumbents have left us with dumb energy efficiency policies

Powerful incumbents have left us with dumb energy efficiency policies

Australian appliance energy efficiency policy has focused on new appliances, but we can do a lot better. Here’s my recipe for success.

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Clean coal suffers another setback as yet more CCS projects fold

Clean coal suffers another setback as yet more CCS projects fold

Coal is plentiful and cheap, the perfect fuel for the utility boiler, only if it were not for the fact that it is heavily polluting.

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Cost of solar + battery storage: AEMO's state-by-state payback predictions

Cost of solar + battery storage: AEMO’s state-by-state payback predictions

Which states offer quickest payback for homes adding solar + storage? AEMO crunched the numbers to get some interesting findings.

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Three out of four new solar households to add battery storage

Three out of four new solar households to add battery storage

The Australian Energy Market Operator says three out of four households adding solar in the next 20 years in NSW will also add battery storage, but Victoria will lead the way in total capacity. Installations will flow despite slow payback estimates. The net benefit of reducing maximum demand on the grid will be significant.

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IEA’s low carbon scenario again underestimates the role of renewables

IEA’s low carbon scenario again underestimates the role of renewables

There is much that is good in IEA’s World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change, but its renewables projections are less satisfactory.

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Wind, solar and efficiency: How Australia can halve emissions by 2030

Wind, solar and efficiency: How Australia can halve emissions by 2030

Switching to solar power can deliver over 100 million tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030.

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German city of Münster to use excess grid power to heat water

German city of Münster to use excess grid power to heat water

The city of Münster plans to use excess electricity on the grid to generate heat, which can be easily stored.

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Psst. Anyone need a business model for battery storage?

Psst. Anyone need a business model for battery storage?

Australians are predicted to install more than 37,000MW of battery storage over next 25 years, but who will pay for it and why? Even the big utilities are struggling to find a business model that fits.