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Networks ‘push back’ on more small-scale solar. But why?

Networks ‘push back’ on more small-scale solar. But why?

Culture wars: It may explain the continued efforts of some network operators to push back against the installation of more rooftop solar.

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UBS: Utilities face “perfect storm” from renewables, storage

UBS: Utilities face “perfect storm” from renewables, storage

UBS analysts suggest energy utilities in Europe, north America and Australia are facing a “perfect storm” from the falling costs of renewables, energy efficiency and falling demand, and may not be able to sustain their business models. The analysts suggest the utilities embrace wind and solar, storage and other services if they are to survive.

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Should households be fined for leaving the grid?

Should households be fined for leaving the grid?

This provocative suggestion came from the Grattan Institute, which says writedowns of the value of network assets is inevitable. The only question is who should pay: shareholders, taxpayers, or consumers?

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Why networks need a thin pipe to keep solar guerrillas at bay

Why networks need a thin pipe to keep solar guerrillas at bay

Networks are facing the biggest challenge to their business model since poles and wires were first erected a century ago. It will need new concepts such as a ‘thin pipe’ model to control costs, retain customers and avoid having stranded assets. Otherwise, they will fall victim to solar ‘guerrillas’.