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Category: Utilities

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Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland "virtual power plant"

Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland “virtual power plant”

Major industrials Sun Metals and MSF Sugar join state government-led “virtual power plant”, that will draw electricity from customers around the state to bolster supply during peak demand.

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Why Telstra could make $20 billion play in Australia energy markets

Why Telstra could make $20 billion play in Australia energy markets

Analysts say Telstra may spend $20 billion to enter Australia’s energy markets as it looks to boost earnings and take on the incumbent utilities. Some smaller retailers have shown the path forward.

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Origin juggles profit with customer churn, coal with renewables

Origin juggles profit with customer churn, coal with renewables

Origin results tell similar tale to AGL – a big utility making money out of rising prices, and battling a backlash from consumers.

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AGL seeking big wind project proposals to help replace Liddell

AGL seeking big wind project proposals to help replace Liddell

AGL seeks another 500MW of wind capacity as it gears up to replace Liddell coal plant with mix of renewables, storage and gas.

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Carnegie to build W.A.’s largest micro-grid at Kalbarri

Carnegie to build W.A.’s largest micro-grid at Kalbarri

Carnegie wins WA contract to build state’s largest microgrid, ensuring renewables and batteries can lift reliability of supply for Kalbarri.

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AGL pays $60,000 penalty for failing to inform customers of contract end

AGL pays $60,000 penalty for failing to inform customers of contract end

AGL have paid penalties totalling $60,000 in response to infringement notices issued by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

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Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no

Is there anything good to say about NEG? New report says no

New report says Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee would fail in all of its stated goals, particularly that of boosting energy system security. On this, it says the approach proposed in the NEG “has no precedent in any power system anywhere, ever.”

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Liddell, the coal plant that “predates colour TV”, trips again

Liddell, the coal plant that “predates colour TV”, trips again

Another week, another coal unit failure, this time at AGL’s Liddell plant – you know, the one the Turnbull government wants kept open to boost grid reliability.

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Victorian networks blow a fuse in heatwave – Coalition blows its mind on Twitter

Victorian networks blow a fuse in heatwave – Coalition blows its mind on Twitter

Victoria’s blackouts on Sunday had nothing to do with any crisis of energy supply – coal, renewable or otherwise. But why let the truth get in the way of a good smear campaign?

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AusNet services to develop terminal station for Pacific Hydro’s crowlands wind farm

AusNet services to develop terminal station for Pacific Hydro’s crowlands wind farm

AusNet Services announces today that agreement has been secured with Pacific Hydro to develop a new transmission connection for the 80 MW Crowlands Wind Farm project in the Pyrenees Shire Council in western Victoria, near Avoca.

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When generators jack up prices 100-fold, and regulators do nothing

When generators jack up prices 100-fold, and regulators do nothing

AER report finds generators jacked up energy prices 100-fold, even when there was more than enough capacity. But don’t expect regulators to do anything about it.