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Know your NEM: Weather cools, prices stay hot

Know your NEM: Weather cools, prices stay hot

As the weather cools, wholesale electricity prices still hover around $100/MWh – still driven by gas prices that are higher than they were a year ago.

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Someone needs to judge the performance of the AEMC

Someone needs to judge the performance of the AEMC

AEMC’s fundamental blind spot on “environmental sustainability” is at the core of why the rule-maker is providing poor advice to COAG and why the system is failing.

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How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

How the fossil fuel industry has screwed energy consumers

Because of the lack of competition that could have been introduced if RET policy was held steady, fossil fuel generators can use their market power to artificially inflate prices, and somehow convince media and politicians that it is all the fault of wind and solar.

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Fast Frequency Service: Treating the symptom, not the cause?

Fast Frequency Service: Treating the symptom, not the cause?

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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Fossil fuel generators may be threat to grid security

Fossil fuel generators may be threat to grid security

Concerns raised again that the NEM’s coal and gas generators can no longer deliver the grid security services expected of them.

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Finkel says Europe, US well advanced on energy policy, technologies

Finkel says Europe, US well advanced on energy policy, technologies

Finkel says other countries “well advanced” on energy policy, technology reform, as many of 360 submissions plea for bipartisan approach.

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The NEM is a mess – so who will clean it up?

The NEM is a mess – so who will clean it up?

The biggest problem facing Australia’s National Electricity Market is that it has no management team. But someone has to accept responsibility for the mess.

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Biggest risk to grid security is coal, gas settings, not wind or solar

Biggest risk to grid security is coal, gas settings, not wind or solar

New study suggests biggest threat to Australia’s energy security comes not from wind and solar, but from the control settings of coal and gas plants. It’s a revelation that should turn the debate around renewables vs fossil on its head.

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ZEN Energy reveals "Big Battery" plans for South Australia

ZEN Energy reveals “Big Battery” plans for South Australia

Adelaide-based ZEN Energy renews calls for electricity market rule changes as it reveals plans to develop a between 50-150MWh battery storage project in SA.

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Our power grid is crying out for capacity, but should we open the gas valves?

Our power grid is crying out for capacity, but should we open the gas valves?

With high gas prices partly to blame for the electricity blackouts that hit SA this month, and gas-fired generators caught short in NSW two days later, there are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.

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Know your NEM: AGL's cheap wind deal, and falling cost of storage

Know your NEM: AGL’s cheap wind deal, and falling cost of storage

Queensland prices soar again; more on AGL’s cheap price for wind energy; and battery storage costs falling quickly.