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Category: Utilities

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Coal closures: Will utility margins rise where the sun don't shine?

Coal closures: Will utility margins rise where the sun don’t shine?

JP Morgan say that with rapid coal generation closure, AGL may be worth more than the market currently thinks. But maybe not.

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The renewable energy investment drought has broken

The renewable energy investment drought has broken

Investors feel like they have been sandwiched between Cory Bernardi and Bob Brown, but there are finally signs that the investment drought for wind and solar is over.

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World's largest virtual power plant trial a big hit with SA consumers

World’s largest virtual power plant trial a big hit with SA consumers

AGL Energy says SA virtual power plant well ahead of schedule after 150 first round battery systems snapped up by consumers.

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NSW, Queensland seek to protect network revenues at COAG

NSW, Queensland seek to protect network revenues at COAG

NSW and Queensland – which still own their networks – block reforms that could lower network costs. Meanwhile, Finkel sings praises of pumped hydro and household battery storage to COAG energy ministers.

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AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO report sets out pressing challenges facing Australian electricity networks in future, looks to past for solutions.

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Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Australia remains one of world’s most expensive places to develop renewables, when it should be one of the cheapest.

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AEMO's defence of "we didn't know" underscores case for change

AEMO’s defence of “we didn’t know” underscores case for change

AEMO’s latest report reinforces Alan Finkel’s assessment that Australia’s grid is not fit for 21st century, and needs rapid change. Its chairman compares fossil fuel plants to petrol cars, and struggles to accept the pace of technology change. You won’t find a fuel cap on an electric car.

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Is it ok for the regulator to ignore electricity networks’ extraordinary profits?

Is it ok for the regulator to ignore electricity networks’ extraordinary profits?

Australia’s monopoly electricity networks are the most profitable businesses in Australia. And the consumer pays, and pays.

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Will electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

Will electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

Before we consider how the NEM might need to change, it is important to understand how it came about.

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Blockchain network disruption coming, and Australia among pioneers

Blockchain network disruption coming, and Australia among pioneers

Australian start-up Power Ledger named as global leader in blockchain technology which has the potential to “rapidly disrupt” the traditional energy market and fast-track the shift to decentralised generation.