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Know your NEM: Laws of physics grind slowly, but surely

Know your NEM: Laws of physics grind slowly, but surely

With energy policy set to remain a political battleground in Australia, physics, in the form of global warming, will continue to gradually push decarbonization to the top of the policy agenda.

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Know your NEM: Corporate PPAs only movement in flat market

Know your NEM: Corporate PPAs only movement in flat market

In a week where energy politics took centre state over market news, the most interesting development was the signing by retailer Flow Energy of a 10-year 50MW PPA with Ararat wind farm in Victoria.

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Gas and hydro get big $ in energy markets, solar and wind paid less

Gas and hydro get big $ in energy markets, solar and wind paid less

Hydro and gas generation get higher half hourly prices than coal in Australia’s energy market. Wind & solar PV take a discount.

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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.