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Category: Smart Energy

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Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Attempt to stop utilities changing prices mid-contract rejected by AEMC

Consumer advocates say AEMC’s rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.

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BHP wants carbon price and more, Dunlop says still not good enough

BHP wants carbon price and more, Dunlop says still not good enough

BHP flags carbon price, complementary policies to address climate change, former coal chief and board candidate Ian Dunlop says it’s still not enough.

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Renewables getting cheaper for Germans – for first time

Renewables getting cheaper for Germans – for first time

For the first time ever, German consumers are about to see a drop in the surcharge they pay for renewable energy.

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Big Coal tries to control global energy debate

Big Coal tries to control global energy debate

The growing drumbeat played by coal industry that their product will “save” developing African and Asian regions deprived of a reliable energy source.

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Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand.

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Trans-Pacific partnership threatens a green trade deal

Trans-Pacific partnership threatens a green trade deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens green trade deal that could ultimately do more to reduce carbon emissions than international climate agreements.

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Graph of the Day: The rise and rise of distributed solar in the US

Graph of the Day: The rise and rise of distributed solar in the US

Want proof distributed solar is booming? Two charts show how it provided over 25% of new US power plant capacity in 2013 and 43% in first half 2014.

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Solar technology to take quantum leap with latest inverter offering

Micro inverters and smart energy management systems are taking solar into off grid systems, camper vans and pretty much anywhere else you want power.

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Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.

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Will household customers get screwed again on network tariffs?

Will household customers get screwed again on network tariffs?

Solar industry scathing on modelling used to justify fixed and TOU tariffs. Households, particularly solar ones, set to get dudded again on network charges.

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Europe's great climate and energy test

Europe’s great climate and energy test

EU leaders meet this week to set foundations of climate and energy policy for 2030. Can Europe convince the world it has a credible strategy?