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Category: Smart Energy

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Networks to defend grid by adding fees to solar, storage

Networks to defend grid by adding fees to solar, storage

Network operators still want to address the “death spiral” by penalising solar and battery storage with higher fees and tariffs. But they are doing nothing about the legacy costs of a super-sized and over-capitalised grid.

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LEDs could slash street light energy usage by 97%

LEDs could slash street light energy usage by 97%

LED streetlights could achieve efficiencies of 97% by 2020 – much higher than domestic or commercial lamps. But are our governments enlightened enough?

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NSW networks should lead way into solar, storage micro grids

NSW networks should lead way into solar, storage micro grids

NSW should focus on restructuring its electricity business rather than trying to sell an old business model.

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3D rooftop solar modeling tool maps output, savings for households

3D rooftop solar modeling tool maps output, savings for households

Online modelling tool uses 3D maps of Australian capital cities to help consumers estimate benefits of installing rooftop solar.

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Hunt gives approval to massive Carmichael "carbon bomb"

Hunt gives approval to massive Carmichael “carbon bomb”

Environment Minister Greg Hunt approves what many are describing as one of the world’s major “carbon bombs”.

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It's time for Tony Abbott to dump secret nuclear ambitions

It’s time for Tony Abbott to dump secret nuclear ambitions

Tony Abbott has surrounded himself with nuclear advocates. This explains his antipathy towards wind and solar, but as the French government, and Australian nuclear technology developer Silex are discovering – it’s a dead end. It’s time for Abbott to dump his unstated nuclear fantasies.

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Silex tumbles after solar-nuclear switch hits market roadblock

Silex tumbles after solar-nuclear switch hits market roadblock

Silex Systems decided in June to dump its solar business to focus on nuclear. But now the nuclear industry has dumped Silex.

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Australia’s first commercial wind farm faces bleak future

Australia’s first commercial wind farm faces bleak future

WA’s Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm facility reached the end of its design life last year with fears that blades and integral parts will not be replaced.

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Rio Tinto’s fossil fuel exposure is rapidly diminishing

Rio Tinto’s fossil fuel exposure is rapidly diminishing

Rio Tinto is no longer really a diversified mining and energy conglomerate. It is now more than ever a giant iron ore mining company.

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The "hidden cost” of wind power - less than conventional power plants

The “hidden cost” of wind power – less than conventional power plants

The “hidden cost” for conventional power plants in Texas is 17 times more than wind. So…what does the fossil fuel industry have to say about that?

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Denmark's near-zero waste wonder

Denmark’s near-zero waste wonder

Has this Danish community found the formula for environmentally friendly industry?