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Graph of the Day: SA higher gas output mirrors higher power price

Graph of the Day: SA higher gas output mirrors higher power price

Today’s SA chart illustrates the simple fact that as gas power increases penetration in the state, the electricity pool price climbs higher.

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Tasmania talks up renewables, ignores battery storage, gets stuck on gas

Tasmania talks up renewables, ignores battery storage, gets stuck on gas

Tasmanian Energy Security report reasserts the importance of more diverse renewable energy supply. But ignores battery storage.

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SA power-to-gas pilot to trial long-term renewable storage option

SA power-to-gas pilot to trial long-term renewable storage option

ARENA-backed project to test whether excess solar and wind can be used to produce cheap hydrogen, and as a long-term energy storage option.

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Australian coal, gas miners seek renewable energy projects

Australian coal, gas miners seek renewable energy projects

Australian oil, gas and coal mining body, NERA, issues call for cleantech, renewable energy partnerships, says timing is “spot on” for collaboration.

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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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New back-up rule means end of cheap wind power in South Australia

New back-up rule means end of cheap wind power in South Australia

The ability of wind power to deliver significant price falls in South Australia has been eroded by new rules that require more expensive gas generators to operate at times of high wind output. The days of “negative pricing” may be over.

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Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

Baseload and firming prices: Is there really a market signal for storage?

It’s not clear that there is a sufficient reward to justify much new investment in storage and firming capacity, given the presence of Snowy, Tas Hydro, and existing gas and coal generation.

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If Glencore wants cheap energy for Mt Isa, it should go solar

If Glencore wants cheap energy for Mt Isa, it should go solar

Glencore says future of Mt Isa, and 2,000 jobs, is at risk due to rising energy prices. But it only has itself to blame, because it stupidly chose gas over renewables when given the option in 2011.

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Boosting gas production a "false solution" to confected crisis: report

Boosting gas production a “false solution” to confected crisis: report

Push to unlock more of Australia’s unconventional gas resources and build massive pipelines has been labelled a “false solution” to a non-existent problem.

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Gas could be the most expensive, least reliable path to grid stability

Gas could be the most expensive, least reliable path to grid stability

Why a system with a large proportion of gas turbines is possibly more vulnerable to short term instability than a modern renewable based system with storage.

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Report: Near-total renewable energy systems cheaper than gas in 2030

Report: Near-total renewable energy systems cheaper than gas in 2030

Climate Policy Initiative stresses flexibility and shows how energy storage and limited gas generation can support a power system dominated by renewables at a lower cost than conventional generation.