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Category: Utilities

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NSW network to trial 1MWh grid support battery, as new suburbs boom

NSW network to trial 1MWh grid support battery, as new suburbs boom

MPower tapped by Endeavour Energy to install 1MWh battery on network in NSW, in a trial hoped to save $1m a year on grid costs.

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Many utilities believe cyberattacks could bring down the electric distribution grid

Many utilities believe cyberattacks could bring down the electric distribution grid

Coupled with anticipated risk to employee and customer safety and physical assets, unprepared distribution utilities must act now to improve cybersecurity capabilities.

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Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports

Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports

The IEA may be underestimating Australian household energy bills by 25% because of a lack of accurate data from the federal government.

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The Pears Report: Only asset write downs will fix network costs

The Pears Report: Only asset write downs will fix network costs

Only asset write-downs will fix soaring prices, but policymakers and governments seem reluctant to unravel this welfare scheme for powerful incumbents.

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AGL plans its own "big battery" and renewables to replace Liddell

AGL plans its own “big battery” and renewables to replace Liddell

AGL outlines plans to install 250MW of battery storage at Liddell, and to invest in Bayswater upgrade, new gas generators, demand response, and huge amount of wind and solar to replace Liddell.

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Origin Energy trials solar trading with blockchain start-up Power Ledger

Origin Energy trials solar trading with blockchain start-up Power Ledger

Origin Energy will trial peer-to-peer solar energy trading using the blockchain-based platform of Perth start-up Power Ledger.

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Queensland big solar boom continues, as another 150MW project approved

Queensland big solar boom continues, as another 150MW project approved

Queensland’s Western Downs Region continues large-scale solar boom, with approval of 300MW battery ready Beelbee PV farm.

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Coal country backs renewable energy: Poll

Coal country backs renewable energy: Poll

A new ReachTEL poll, commissioned by The Australia Institute’s Climate and Energy Program, asked residents of the electorates of Hunter and Shortland about energy policy, including government investment in coal, renewables and the Liddell coal power station.

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Why did Hurricane Irma leave so many in the dark?

Why did Hurricane Irma leave so many in the dark?

Extreme weather presents many threats to electricity systems – particularly on centralised grids, where outages can ripple down the line. But can we do better?

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UK power firm plans world’s largest battery storage project

UK power firm plans world’s largest battery storage project

British generator Drax to build 200MW battery storage project – at one of Europe’s largest coal-fired power plants.

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ESB chair says demand response could kill need for new power plants

ESB chair says demand response could kill need for new power plants

Chair of newly formed Energy Security Board, Kerry Schott, says that by harnessing demand management in Australia, “we can all stop worrying about building new plants of any description.”