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ACT launches second phase of battery test centre, early results in

ACT launches second phase of battery test centre, early results in

Early results suggest that lithium-ion out-performs both the advanced and traditional lead-acid battery packs in terms of round-trip efficiency.

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Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

The economics are now increasingly in favour of partial grid defection. You’re a fool if you don’t have rooftop solar PV and you could.

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Know your NEM: Generator Reliability Option might be dumb idea

Know your NEM: Generator Reliability Option might be dumb idea

The COAG endorsement of the Finkel Review (apart from the CET) won’t mean much in the short term, but the generator reliability option might be a dumb idea. Meantime, smart companies are showing how to save costs with solar and storage.

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Know your NEM: Turnbull, Tesla and falling energy prices

Know your NEM: Turnbull, Tesla and falling energy prices

Turnbull reinforces Paris commitment, along with G19, what Tesla’s battery storage means, and Victoria energy prices now higher than South Australia.

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Transmission: We need to start building now to deal with wind and solar boom

Transmission: We need to start building now to deal with wind and solar boom

With renewable investment accelerating way faster than most anticipated a year ago, it’s likely parts of the transmission grid will become constrained. We need action, not more analysis.

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Know your NEM: Prices fall, but say goodbye to the good old days

Know your NEM: Prices fall, but say goodbye to the good old days

There will be a cost to decarbonise the economy, its’ just a lot less than the cost of not decarbonising. Generation prices will stay high, network prices will be sticky, and the incentive for “grid defection” is going to continue.

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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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Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

As the cost of solar, storage and wind continue to fall, the pressure on utility business models and their so-called “parenting advantage” will increase significantly.

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Want electricity reform? Start by giving power back to the states

Want electricity reform? Start by giving power back to the states

What can sensibly be done to get us Australia out of its current electricity market mess? The real problem is not renewables – it’s poor governance.

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After the rhetoric comes supply and demand

After the rhetoric comes supply and demand

Once Hazelwood goes the question is what will replace it? Not nearly enough renewables are being built.

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Turning point: solar power now cheaper than wind energy

Turning point: solar power now cheaper than wind energy

The inevitable has apparently happened; utility-scale solar-generated power appears to be cheaper than wind – and both are cheaper than fossil-fuel generated power.