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Innovation, disruption and the utility business model

Innovation, disruption and the utility business model

The power sector’s rapid transformation has barely started, but implications for incumbents are beginning to be felt and speculated.

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National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

The NEM has failed. Its very narrow economic objective was to provide low prices, reliable and safe energy, and to act in the long term interests of consumers. It hasn’t.

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PV plant built on nuke site as renewables surpass nuclear

PV plant built on nuke site as renewables surpass nuclear

A 1MW plant on the site of half-built nuclear power plant in Tennessee is a harbinger of things to come in the US and global electricity mixes.

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Energy consumers paying more than they think, and what regulator admits

Energy consumers paying more than they think, and what regulator admits

New data shows that energy consumers are paying more than they think in their bills, and more than what the regulator admits.

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Solar and wind tipping points: One down and one to go

Solar and wind tipping points: One down and one to go

There is no question now that solar and wind will dominate the future of electricity. The question is how fast.

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Power plays: time to think about buying back the grid

Power plays: time to think about buying back the grid

Electricity is just a symptom of the perils of populous governments. The only solution is to nationalise the lot.

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Wind, solar account for 10% of US generation for first time

Wind, solar account for 10% of US generation for first time

For the first time, wind and solar exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the US for the month of March.

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Graph of the Day: UK has first coal-free day since industrial revolution

Graph of the Day: UK has first coal-free day since industrial revolution

UK goes without coal power for 24 hours; a first since start of industrial revolution, but set to become “more and more common.”

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Fast Frequency Service: Treating the symptom, not the cause?

Fast Frequency Service: Treating the symptom, not the cause?

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

While the Finkel Review recognises Australia’s “energy trilemma” – security, affordability and sustainability – we have a market that recognises only the first two of these objectives.

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The case for renationalising Australia's electricity grid

The case for renationalising Australia’s electricity grid

The promised outcomes of reform – cheaper and more reliable electricity, competitive markets and rational investment decisions – are further away than ever.