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Australia’s $10 billion wind and solar boom: But then what?

Australia’s $10 billion wind and solar boom: But then what?

A $10 billion clean energy investment boom in 2017 could quickly fade without longer term policies. Labor tries to wedge Turnbull on climate policy, just as it did in 2009, while the Greens also say they would look at a Clean Energy Target.

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What does Finkel mean for community power?

What does Finkel mean for community power?

Community energy entrepreneurship could help deliver Finkel’s recommendations — especially distributed and independent power systems.

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S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

Results for South Australia’s battery storage tender expected in next week, as state government delays introduction of energy security target and may drop it altogether. Meanwhile, Victoria reports “strong” response for its battery storage tender.

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Devil's in detail, but Finkel may have gotten it just about right

Devil’s in detail, but Finkel may have gotten it just about right

Let’s forget about coal: Finkel’s Clean Energy Target should be designed to encourage a good mix of zero emissions dispatchable solutions including solar thermal and biomass.

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Finkel: Investors prefer wind, solar because they cheaper than coal

Finkel: Investors prefer wind, solar because they cheaper than coal

Finkel says it clear investors prefer wind and solar because they are cheaper to build than traditional generation such as hydro and coal.

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Coalition's war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Coalition’s war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Billed as a “once in a generation” opportunity to bring Australia’s energy market into the 21st Century, the Finkel Review is rapidly being reduced to absurdist arguments about the lights going out – by the very government that commissioned it. So much for Grid 2.0.

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Finkel's Clean Energy Target little more than states' business as usual

Finkel’s Clean Energy Target little more than states’ business as usual

New analysis shows clean energy target as modelled by Finkel Review will deliver less large scale renewable energy than current state-based targets.

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How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

BNEF report suggests wind and solar will fall further than Finkel Review expects, undermining case for even refurbished coal generators. The cost falls mean that Australia’s current Paris targets will be met even without a clean energy target mechanism.

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Finkel drops ball on national energy savings scheme

Finkel drops ball on national energy savings scheme

The energy crisis solution must provide complementary emphasis on driving down consumption, not just on providing more generation.

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Finkel modelling ignores new technologies, cheaper renewables

Finkel modelling ignores new technologies, cheaper renewables

The modelling prepared by private consultancy for Finkel Review deliberately ignores certain technologies that can provide grid security and replace coal fired generation at a much cheaper cost than gas. It also uses inflated costs for wind and solar.

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What do consumers get out of the Finkel blueprint?

What do consumers get out of the Finkel blueprint?

The short answer is, not a lot. Finkel promises savings of $92 a year by 2030, but most customer bills are going to jump $300 a year next month. Nothing much will change until utilities can match the cost of new technologies, rather than hiding behind regulatory barriers.