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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.

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Shift to "base-cost" renewables: 10 predictions for 2017

Shift to “base-cost” renewables: 10 predictions for 2017

Old energy rules were all about locking in cheap base-load power, and supplementing it with more expensive capacity, generally gas, to meet the peaks. The new way is about putting in super-cheap, “base-cost” renewable power at the heart of the world’s grids.

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Why Origin Energy should lead with "on-demand" renewables business

Why Origin Energy should lead with “on-demand” renewables business

Origin Energy should consider a bid for NSW network operator Endeavour Energy and/or make a serious push into the Queensland renewable energy market, with the aim of developing Australia’s first large scale “renewables energy on demand” business.

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Saudi Arabia to focus on solar, wind in $US50bn clean energy plan

Saudi Arabia to focus on solar, wind in $US50bn clean energy plan

Saudi Arabia says it will focus on solar and wind energy in a new $US50 billion energy plan that is about to be unveiled.

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Sonnen wins US$1.5 million Zayed future energy prize

Sonnen wins US$1.5 million Zayed future energy prize

German battery manufacturer receives US$1.5 million award at opening ceremony of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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New York aims to replace nuclear power with clean energy

New York aims to replace nuclear power with clean energy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promises declining carbon emissions even as the state closes the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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Origin Energy to spin off upstream assets, focus on renewables and CSG

Origin Energy to spin off upstream assets, focus on renewables and CSG

Origin Energy plans to float upstream oil and gas business, to focus on CSG and energy markets. Stopped short of fossil fuel exit.

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Know your NEM: King abdicates, pipeline owners bet on higher gas prices

Know your NEM: King abdicates, pipeline owners bet on higher gas prices

Grant King steps down with his exceptionally high regard diminished by the APLNG adventure, while APA flags a new pipeline, betting on rising gas prices.