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Poles and wires: Consumers using less, paying more

Poles and wires: Consumers using less, paying more

Malcolm Turnbull should have a word with network owners and regulators this week, as well as the gentailers. Network charges per unit of electricity have more than doubled.

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Biggest threat to utilities is not solar + storage, it's their own greed

Biggest threat to utilities is not solar + storage, it’s their own greed

The plunging cost of solar and storage present a huge threat to the business models of incumbent utilities. But the biggest threat to their future is their own greed, and the invitation to consumers to look at alternatives.

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Ausnet, and the case for a rethink on who pays for new grid connections

Ausnet, and the case for a rethink on who pays for new grid connections

The results for Ausnet underline case for a rethink on who should pay for new grid connections. This would force a proper consideration of distributed generation at the time the network extension is built.

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Network owner Ausnet sees grid dominated by wind and solar

Network owner Ausnet sees grid dominated by wind and solar

Victoria’s biggest network operator says future grid will be dominated by wind and solar, with some communities looking at 100% renewables options.

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Ausgrid sale great for everyone, except consumers

Ausgrid sale great for everyone, except consumers

The sale of Ausgrid has been hailed in many quarters, but consumers have little to celebrate. The price locks in “gold plating” and may lead to higher fixed charges as more consumers turn to solar and storage and the networks look to protect their revenue streams.

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Energy Disruption: Is there a way to get network tariffs right?

Energy Disruption: Is there a way to get network tariffs right?

Australian network pricing policy is increasingly dysfunctional. At minimum, it’s a barrier to innovation and progress. At its worst it means inefficient, high cost electricity. So can we fix it?

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The huge energy cross-subsidy Queensland consumers don't see

The huge energy cross-subsidy Queensland consumers don’t see

Qld govt pays $560m+ a year to subsidise regional energy consumers. Might be smarter and cheaper to build renewable microgrids.

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Transgrid's big push into smaller grid-scale energy storage

Transgrid’s big push into smaller grid-scale energy storage

Transgrid says it is looking to install a number of smaller, 1MW-sized battery storage systems at commercial customers.

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Western Power seeks solar + storage, community options to avoid network spending

Western Power seeks solar + storage, community options to avoid network spending

Western Power seeking tenders on solar + storage, and from community groups, as alternative to spending $30m on new poles and wires in high-growth demand area.

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Why Australia networks need to slash asset values by nearly half

Why Australia networks need to slash asset values by nearly half

New analysis says if networks are to compete with new technologies and concepts such as solar, storage and micro-grids, they need to cut their inflated asset base by nearly half. It says huge increases in asset base, encouraged by regulators, is harming consumers and their own business models.

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West Australia flags end of centralised energy network

West Australia flags end of centralised energy network

Western Australia finds itself at the cutting edge of energy market reform, and its main grid operator is imagining a future totally different from the past – where many towns and cities look after all or most of their energy needs with renewable-based microgrids.