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Category: Utilities

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Plunging battery costs raise doubts over Tasmania's $3 billion hydro plans

Plunging battery costs raise doubts over Tasmania’s $3 billion hydro plans

Tasmania’s grand plans to spend $3 billion on pumped hydro and new links to become the “renewable battery” of Australia may be undone by the plunging cost of battery storage.

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Capital idea: Should utilities invest in the old or the new?

Capital idea: Should utilities invest in the old or the new?

As centralised and distributed energy markets continue to diverge, can the curse of capital allocation be managed in a way that creates value (or at least minimises loss) for shareholders?

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Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

As the cost of solar, storage and wind continue to fall, the pressure on utility business models and their so-called “parenting advantage” will increase significantly.

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Tide turns as solar, storage costs trump ideologues and incumbents

Tide turns as solar, storage costs trump ideologues and incumbents

Despite the bravado of the fossil fuel apologists, the tide to clean energy is turning. Seven events in the past two months highlight the significant and unstoppable transformation that is occurring in our energy system.

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Big old fossils will come out swinging at proposed 5-minute rule

Big old fossils will come out swinging at proposed 5-minute rule

The big old fossils are going to come out swinging at proposed 5-minute settlement rule, but fast, flexible players will form backbone of a decarbonised grid.

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E.ON invests in innovative drone-based airborne wind energy

E.ON invests in innovative drone-based airborne wind energy

German utility giant E.ON to invest in airborne wind energy, an innovative type of wind energy based around offshore tethered drones.

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Network limits on solar, storage could accelerate "death spiral"

Network limits on solar, storage could accelerate “death spiral”

Newly introduced rooftop solar and battery storage limits could send some households at least partially off-grid – potentially bringing forward the much discussed death spiral. Meanwhile, regulator warns system upgrades will require entire system to meet latest standards.

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European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020

European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020

As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020.

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Graph of Day: Most rooftop solar in Queensland now gets low "retail" tariff

Graph of Day: Most rooftop solar in Queensland now gets low “retail” tariff

Rooftop solar capacity in Queensland receiving state’s now defunct premium FiT of 44c/kWh has been overtaken by the total of rooftop solar receiving retail rate.

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5GW battery storage: How households can stabilise the grid

5GW battery storage: How households can stabilise the grid

Reposit Power says home battery storage the key to Australia’s energy security puzzle, not grid-scale applications.

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Origin gas deal brings mothballed Pelican Point back online

Origin gas deal brings mothballed Pelican Point back online

Mothballed Pelican Point power station fires up again after Origin agrees to sell it some gas and take its output, possibly giving opening to solar thermal.