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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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How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewables

How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewables

Biggest challenge in moving to 100% renewable energy will be meeting the 2-3 hours of peak demand during evenings. This will require a mix of different technologies and strategies.

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Lyon firms up 1GW solar + storage plans with new equity deal

Lyon firms up 1GW solar + storage plans with new equity deal

Lyon Solar says ‘very confident’ of building solar and storage in SA this year, with investment from Magnetar Capital.

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Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Last Wednesday around 90,000 homes and businesses in South Australia were deliberately disconnected from the electricity grid for up to an hour. So why did it actually happen?

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We need a fair price for solar - and we need it now

We need a fair price for solar – and we need it now

ESCOSA decision to remove the minimum price for solar exports shows lack of understanding in the South Australian electricity market.

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Tesla, Trump and South Australia: The top clean energy and climate stories of 2016

Tesla, Trump and South Australia: The top clean energy and climate stories of 2016

Tesla was the dominant news force in 2016. The other big themes were battery storage, the price falls in wind and solar, the big shift from centralised energy, and politics, politics, politics.

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AEMO's defence of "we didn't know" underscores case for change

AEMO’s defence of “we didn’t know” underscores case for change

AEMO’s latest report reinforces Alan Finkel’s assessment that Australia’s grid is not fit for 21st century, and needs rapid change. Its chairman compares fossil fuel plants to petrol cars, and struggles to accept the pace of technology change. You won’t find a fuel cap on an electric car.

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Finkel: SA wind farm "faults" known, solved in Europe 10 years ago

Finkel: SA wind farm “faults” known, solved in Europe 10 years ago

Finkel review says wind farms settings cited in reports on South Australia blackout were resolved in Europe a decade ago. So why not Australia?

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Open letter to SA government: Don't sell out to gas

Open letter to SA government: Don’t sell out to gas

SA government’s loosening of the emission cap on new power stations suggests a sell-out to gas. This would be wrong for several reasons.

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Deutsche Bank sees South Australia at 95% renewables by 2025

Deutsche Bank sees South Australia at 95% renewables by 2025

Deutsche Bank predict the state of South Australia could easily beat its aspirational target of 50 per cent renewables by 2025.

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Tesla's price shock: Solar + battery as cheap as grid power

Tesla’s price shock: Solar + battery as cheap as grid power

New pricing for Tesla Powerwall suggests solar and battery storage now competitive with grid power. For about $16,000, consumers can slash their grid bill to almost nothing and not worry about blackouts. The strategic and commercial implications are marvellous or frightening, depending on your vested interest.