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Tag: "National Electricity Market"

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Renewables disrupting utilities? It's a good thing

Renewables disrupting utilities? It’s a good thing

Rather than lament the fall of traditional utilities, we should encourage progressive utilities and disruptive upstarts to shape a new electricity system.

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Electricity demand and emissions fall despite heat-waves

Electricity demand and emissions fall despite heat-waves

Another study points to the role of solar PV in the recent heat-waves. All peaking power plants were only required for just one hour.

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Can one day make or break an energy source?

Can one day make or break an energy source?

January 15, 2014 was the day renewable energy failed Australia, according to several media reports, including the Australian and the AFR.

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Explainer: How does the electricity grid work?

Explainer: How does the electricity grid work?

There aren’t many points in life when we aren’t making use of electricity. But what do we mean when we talk about the electricity grid?

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Tasmania back to 100% renewables as NEM hits 17%

Tasmania back to 100% renewables as NEM hits 17%

Rooftop PV shaves power consumption in eastern states as Tas hydro hits highest ever annual level; nationwide decline in gas-fired generation accelerates.

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AGL says 9GW of baseload fossil fuels no longer needed

AGL says 9GW of baseload fossil fuels no longer needed

AGL Energy says that 9,000MW of fossil fuel baseload capacity needs to be removed from Australia’s electricity market, because too much has been built and the economics are being undermined by rooftop solar and other factors. The question is how this is done. AGL also accuses rival utilities of shaping their arguments against renewables to protect their own investments.

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Rooftop solar claims more coal scalps, and clips peaks of demand

Rooftop solar claims more coal scalps, and clips peaks of demand

Rooftop solar is now confirmed as an important driver of change in the Australian electricity market, and is contributing to remarkable fall in peak demand.

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Falling electricity demand: Has it changed the game on emissions?

Falling electricity demand: Has it changed the game on emissions?

Energetics’ re-forecast of Australian emissions shows the impact of falling electricity consumption. But that doesn’t mean we can relax the 2020 target.

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Hey utilities! Have you seen the traffic in Los Angeles lately?

Hey utilities! Have you seen the traffic in Los Angeles lately?

What if distributed electricity generation reduced congestion by addressing its root cause? Five ways power grids can learn from LA urban planning.

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Renewables rise to 15% in Australia as demand and emissions fall

Renewables rise to 15% in Australia as demand and emissions fall

A complex combination of the LRET, reduced demand, and the carbon price continue to drive down Australian electricity generation emissions.

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Do energy consumers benefit from competition? It's hard to see

Do energy consumers benefit from competition? It’s hard to see

Data is emerging as a key issue in the electricity industry. So much data about network operations is kept secret, but if it was released it could help stop gold-plating. And it may even help consumers getter better deals from energy retailers.