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Category: Utilities

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Know your NEM: Why AEMC needs a fresh view of policy mess

Know your NEM: Why AEMC needs a fresh view of policy mess

AEMC chief John Pierce has had a long run, perhaps long enough. And why sale of Loy Yang B is good for competition.

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NAB, Origin help Aussies make the switch and save with solar

NAB, Origin help Aussies make the switch and save with solar

Homeowners will be able to make a positive impact on their finances as well as the environment, through a new solar initiative launched this week by NAB and Origin.

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Renewables option $1.3 billion cheaper than keeping Liddell open

Renewables option $1.3 billion cheaper than keeping Liddell open

Report finds combination of wind power, smart controls and energy efficiency would cost $2.2bn over five years, compared to $3.6bn to keep coal plant open.

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Consumers to displace fossil fuels as biggest supplier of energy

Consumers to displace fossil fuels as biggest supplier of energy

Network operator Ausnet says consumers will provide nearly half of their electricity needs, surpassing fossil fuels as the biggest supplier to the grid.

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Victoria utility installs first large-scale solar system on water tank

Victoria utility installs first large-scale solar system on water tank

Wannon Water says 100kW system first to be put on utility water tank in Australia, will provide all power for water treatment facility on sunny days.

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Minerals deal needed to fuel the clean energy transition

Minerals deal needed to fuel the clean energy transition

As international talks focus on need for rapid deployment of renewables, little attention is paid to the minerals that needed to build these technologies.

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Flinders Island makes switch to renewables, with solar, wind and energy storage Hub

Flinders Island makes switch to renewables, with solar, wind and energy storage Hub

Flinders Island’s Hybrid Energy Hub is already taking the previously diesel powered Tasmanian island to levels of 80% renewables, and should manage to supply 100 per cent of demand before the year is out.

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Vector wins new Australian smart metering contract

Vector wins new Australian smart metering contract

Vector has announced it has executed a contract to provide metering services to EnergyAustralia with an initial three-year deployment period that will commence before the end of 2017.

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The NEG: No guarantee of success

The NEG: No guarantee of success

Far from being a “solution” to Australia’s power sector ills, the NEG, in its current state, raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

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The no-name policy with little chance of reducing power prices

The no-name policy with little chance of reducing power prices

The runway to strong emission reductions at an affordable price is at risk of being thrown away under the Coaliton’s new policy, which could require retailers to buy the output from its own expensive Snowy Hydro project. The energy mafia would approve.

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Replacing the Clean Energy Target with a dirty one?

Replacing the Clean Energy Target with a dirty one?

The decision to walk away from a Clean Energy Target makes no sense. But small communities will forge ahead with the transition to renewable energy.