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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.

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Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Know your NEM: Queensland prices surge in heat wave

Spot electricity prices averaged $447/MWh for the week in Queensland, and surged above $13,000 on a couple of occasions. Of course, there is no newspaper article when this happens because, since there is basically only rooftop PV in the state in the way of renewables, there is no convenient scapegoat.

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In 2017, regulators should fight for consumers, not incumbents

In 2017, regulators should fight for consumers, not incumbents

Despite predictions that consumers – households and businesses – will be supplying half of all electricity needs within a few decades, the automatic reflex of the institutions that govern our electricity market remains to protect the incumbents. This needs to change.

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AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO wants to spend billions more on networks, gas

AEMO report sets out pressing challenges facing Australian electricity networks in future, looks to past for solutions.

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Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Know your NEM: Energy prices continue to rise as policy stagnates

Australia remains one of world’s most expensive places to develop renewables, when it should be one of the cheapest.

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The twisted arguments about energy supply and security

The twisted arguments about energy supply and security

Another of Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired generators has closed due to the confluence of incompatible energy market conditions. So how does that match with what the conservative types are telling us?

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Australia "battery boom" potential in focus with new Senate Inquiry

Australia “battery boom” potential in focus with new Senate Inquiry

Greens win bid for Senate Committee to investigate potential for a battery storage “boom” in Australia, to boost renewables and the resilience of the grid.

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South Australia triggers Turnbull backflip on renewables

South Australia triggers Turnbull backflip on renewables

Bloomberg New Energy Finance says Turnbull intervention into energy debate is a “worrying sign” and suggests Coalition could be using South Australia to weaken confidence in renewable energy investment.