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Category: Smart Energy
The cost of producing electricity from large-scale solar plants is less than the regulated avoided costs of the largest electric utilities in the state of Oregon.
NSW’s decision to allow electric hot water systems will mean higher household bills and an increase in emissions. Must be trying to sell its generators.
PacHydro to formally launch retail arm this week. Plus Saudi seeks funds for renewables ramp-up; Japan’s no-nukes deadline; and UK hits wind record.
A new report released by Deutsche Bank says the global coal market faces a combined threat of steadily growing supply and a levelling-off or decline in demand. A threat, it says, that should guide rational decision-making to delay all major expansion. But will governments really act rationally?
IPART continues to demonise the costs of renewable energy support mechanisms, at the same time as adding to those costs by sanctioning above market cost pass-throughs. And consumers will pay nearly double those costs to feed into a kitty so that their neighbours can be offered “discounts”. Anyone hear the sound of laughter?
It might seem ironic, but environmentalists and farmers fighting the expansion of coal mining and coal seam gas across Australia are the only thing likely to moderate the rude economic awakening we face when the global carbon bubble bursts and the fossil fuel industries start their inevitable, terminal decline.
It is finally dawning on Australia’s largest energy utilities that not only are their customers unfaithful, they are also ignorant. So Origin Energy has turned to lolly wrappers to try and inform its target market. Sounds like fun, but it belies a deeper problem for the energy industry: the age old oligopoly is under threat from the democratisation of energy.
Electric vehicles and household solar PV systems are the perfect technological and ideological fit. So why aren’t they being promoted in this way?
In Victoria, consumers are saving billion by not using power, but the scheme is under threat. Energy efficiency remains a no-brainer, but self interest and lazy politics is threatening the gains that have been made. Even the IEA says the energy we don’t use should be the world’s biggest and cheapest power station.