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Category: Utilities

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How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

Because of the lack of competition that could have been introduced if RET policy was held steady, fossil fuel generators can use their market power to artificially inflate prices, and somehow convince media and politicians that it is all the fault of wind and solar.

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Energy wars: Networks attack gentailers over reliability, pricing

Energy wars: Networks attack gentailers over reliability, pricing

Electricity network owner attacks major energy retailers over reliability of their gas plants, the manipulation of prices and high retail fees. It says it wants rapid transition to renewables, but incumbents and market rules getting in the way.

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Gas generators hold South Australia consumers to ransom, again

Gas generators hold South Australia consumers to ransom, again

Market rules again under focus as SA generators push up prices, and regulator report documents another incidence when gas plant “failures” and rebidding pushed prices to stratospheric levels.

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Finkel says Europe, US well advanced on energy policy, technologies

Finkel says Europe, US well advanced on energy policy, technologies

Finkel says other countries “well advanced” on energy policy, technology reform, as many of 360 submissions plea for bipartisan approach.

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AGL goes live with virtual power plant linking household battery storage

AGL goes live with virtual power plant linking household battery storage

First phase of AGL Energy’s Adelaide 5MW solar and storage VPP trial goes live, linking 60 battery storage systems.

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Batteries arrive for Horizon's grid-scale "spinning reserve" trial

Batteries arrive for Horizon’s grid-scale “spinning reserve” trial

Two large-scale batteries will be trialled as back-up power at an islanded 170MW power station in Carnarvon WA.

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Why the free market hasn't slashed power prices (and what to do about it)

Why the free market hasn’t slashed power prices (and what to do about it)

The energy sector was supposed to be the showcase for privatisation and market deregulation. Yet competition has failed to deliver on its promise of lower prices for customers.

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Victoria seeks 100MW energy storage in $20m tender

Victoria seeks 100MW energy storage in $20m tender

Victoria’s Andrews govt launches $20m tender for proposals to work with state’s networks to install up to 100MW of grid-scale energy storage by 2018.

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South Australia covers its arse and its FCAS in new energy plan

South Australia covers its arse and its FCAS in new energy plan

A look at four major policy initiatives from South Australia’s bold new energy plan.

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The solution to Australia's gas crisis is not more gas

The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

Many are proposing the obvious, but wrong, solution to avoiding future price hikes: develop more gas production resources. This path will fail.

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Battery storage could solve SA "power crisis" in 100 days, says Tesla

Battery storage could solve SA “power crisis” in 100 days, says Tesla

Tesla’s Lyndon Rive says company’s Powerpacks could fix SA power crisis in just over 100 days. Confirms Tesla “in talks” with Australian utilities.