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A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast 'shortage'

A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast ‘shortage’

Rising gas prices, driven by the development of Queensland’s exports, could end up driving domestic customers away.

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Ditching gas heating and cooking could save you hundreds of dollars

Ditching gas heating and cooking could save you hundreds of dollars

Cooking on gas could be unpalatable when the bill arrives. It is time to think of alternatives.

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Can distributed resources replace $1bn in substation upgrades?

Can distributed resources replace $1bn in substation upgrades?

New York’s main utility is proposing $200m distributed energy investments, to avoid $1 billion of upgrades to centralised grid.

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Texas city aims for 950MW of solar, bold distributed energy goals

Texas city aims for 950MW of solar, bold distributed energy goals

Austin city council approves plan for 55% generation to come from renewables, energy efficiency and other clean resources by 2025.

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Making climate change policies fit their own domain

Making climate change policies fit their own domain

There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this.  The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions.  This needs to be corrected by imposing a price on carbon, using the power of markets to incentivise efficient emissions reduction across diverse sources.  Carbon pricing needs to […]

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The cleantech game-changing ideas of the future

The cleantech game-changing ideas of the future

From solar to storage and business models, here are some of the game-changing cleantech ideas of the future.

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Zero energy at zero cost: How to retrofit buildings in a week

Zero energy at zero cost: How to retrofit buildings in a week

The Netherlands has found a way to refurbish existing buildings to net zero energy, within a week, with a 30-year builders’ guarantee and no subsidies.

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CEFC, CBA target Vic manufacturers for energy efficiency loans

CEFC, CBA target Vic manufacturers for energy efficiency loans

Two months after Victoria axes energy efficiency target, CEFC and Commonwealth Bank target Shepparton manufacturers with $100m loan program.

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Utility of the future: Future of utilities

Utility of the future: Future of utilities

lf everyone stopped drinking milk, then dairy cows would become a worthless and stranded asset. Power utilities, in disbelief, face the same scenario.

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Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home

Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home

If climate change features highly in your concept of sustainability then here are 5 essential ingredients for a sustainable home.

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How a small county in California went grid positive

How a small county in California went grid positive

A small county in northern California has become “grid positive” – it produces 152% more energy from solar panels than it uses.