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Hydropower investment positions Tasmania as battery of the nation

Hydropower investment positions Tasmania as battery of the nation

The Tasmanian Energy Minister andHydro Tasmania CEO inspected progress on the Cluny Power Station Upgrade and Refurbishment, which once installed will boost generation efficiency by about three per cent.

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Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

Consumers vs the empire: The economics favour partial grid defection

The economics are now increasingly in favour of partial grid defection. You’re a fool if you don’t have rooftop solar PV and you could.

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Explainer: What the Tesla big battery can and cannot do

Explainer: What the Tesla big battery can and cannot do

Details of how the Tesla storage array is configured, what it will do and won’t do, and what it will cost.

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Coal giant Vattenfall creates solar plus storage business unit

Coal giant Vattenfall creates solar plus storage business unit

Swedish power utility ramps renewable energy activity in recent weeks, spinning out a new photovoltaics & battery business unit from its business area wind.

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What will incumbents do next? "I expect them to go broke"

What will incumbents do next? “I expect them to go broke”

Garth Heron, who is now the head of Wind Power Development at Neon Australia, shares his blunt assessment of what incumbents will do next in their war against renewables in Adelaide.

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Batteries vs pumped storage hydropower – a place for both?

Batteries vs pumped storage hydropower – a place for both?

Two very different storage technologies – one old, one new; one that takes years to build, one that can be built ‘within 100 days (or it’s free)’. How else do they differ, and is there a place for both?

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Coalition wants wind, solar forced to match each MW with storage

Coalition wants wind, solar forced to match each MW with storage

Coalition may require new solar and wind farms to match each megawatt of capacity with a megawatt hour of energy storage to “level playing field” with coal.

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Big switch: Distributed energy to overtake centralised power by 2018

Big switch: Distributed energy to overtake centralised power by 2018

Distributed energy additions like to overtake centralised plant in 2018, with 320GW large scale fossil fuel plants now not likely to be built.

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Solar PV could provide 30% of power needs by 2030, ARENA says

Solar PV could provide 30% of power needs by 2030, ARENA says

ARENA says solar PV could account for 30% of Australia’s power needs by 2030, as it unveils its new investment priorities – storage and reliability, solar innovation, energy productivity and renewable energy exports. Also, expect an announcement on solar thermal soon.

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Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

As the cost of solar, storage and wind continue to fall, the pressure on utility business models and their so-called “parenting advantage” will increase significantly.

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Spinning carbon capture and storage as cheaper than renewables

Spinning carbon capture and storage as cheaper than renewables

Supporters of carbon capture plants on coal power stations are seeking to sell the story they are cheaper than renewables – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.