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Category: Smart Energy

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The anatomy of an energy crisis – a pictorial guide, Part 2

The anatomy of an energy crisis – a pictorial guide, Part 2

In the second part of the series on the crisis besetting the NEM in eastern Australia, Mike looks at the tightening balance of supply and demand.

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EnergyAustralia outlines plans for 100MW pumped hydro plant in SA

EnergyAustralia outlines plans for 100MW pumped hydro plant in SA

EnergyAustralia, Arup Group and Melbourne Energy Institute brief govt on plans for pumped seawater energy storage plant in SA.

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Australian wind farms to compete with gas to provide grid stability

Australian wind farms to compete with gas to provide grid stability

Wind farms to show they can provide same system services – inertia and frequency – as coal and gas plants in major new trial in South Australia.

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US battery maker sees "tremendous opportunity" with Australian utilities

US battery maker sees “tremendous opportunity” with Australian utilities

SimpliPhi Power CEO in talks on battery storage with Australia’s “progressive” utilities and transmission companies.

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CSIRO hails "revolutionary" energy efficiency technology with WA start-up

CSIRO hails “revolutionary” energy efficiency technology with WA start-up

Fremantle-based Ecocentric Energy joins forces with CSIRO to fast-track commercialisation of “electrical fingerprint” technology.

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Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Last Wednesday around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an hour. So why did it actually happen?

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New thinking, not new generators, will keep the lights on

New thinking, not new generators, will keep the lights on

As the generation mix changes and the load profiles get peakier, the thinking around demand management must mature.

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Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

The massive potential for local generation to actually improve the quality of our power, rather than hinder it is not properly understood.

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Australian solar monitoring duo crack US, Canada market

Australian solar monitoring duo crack US, Canada market

Australian solar monitoring start-ups Solar Analytics and WattWatchers approved for installation in US and Canada.

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Turnbull's right: we need cheap, clean and reliable power – here's how

Turnbull’s right: we need cheap, clean and reliable power – here’s how

Better managing how we use electricity in our homes will reduce pressure on the grid, and reduce the need for more power stations.

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Eight areas of electricity innovation to watch in 2017

Eight areas of electricity innovation to watch in 2017

It’s 2017 and we have a lot to look forward to in the electricity sector this year. Eight key issues require our attention.