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Energy consumers paying more than they think, and what regulator admits

Energy consumers paying more than they think, and what regulator admits

New data shows that energy consumers are paying more than they think in their bills, and more than what the regulator admits.

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AEMO chief says clinging to old energy business models is "insane"

AEMO chief says clinging to old energy business models is “insane”

New head of AEMO says South Australia’s system black was a wake up call for all in the energy industry, and says holding on to old business models is “insane”. She is also pushing for changes in market rules, including 5-minute settlement, which she says will make solar and wind “highly predictable.”

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A utilities' guide for a brown to green transition

A utilities’ guide for a brown to green transition

For utilities to have a chance at succeeding at the “brown to green” transition, a well thought out and highly flexible strategy will be fundamental.

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Capital idea: Should utilities invest in the old or the new?

Capital idea: Should utilities invest in the old or the new?

As centralised and distributed energy markets continue to diverge, can the curse of capital allocation be managed in a way that creates value (or at least minimises loss) for shareholders?

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Telco, online energy retailer merge to take on coal-laden utilities

Telco, online energy retailer merge to take on coal-laden utilities

Junior telco amaysim buys online retailer Click Energy to create an “asset light” company that can specialise in “smart home” and challenge energy retailers and incumbent utilities without the burden of legacy fossil fuel plants.

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ACCC says it's OK for big utilities to exploit market power

ACCC says it’s OK for big utilities to exploit market power

ACCC says it’s perfectly OK for big utilities to exercise their market power and force up prices, as they did to devastating effect in South Australia last month. And although the regulator identified the lack of competition in the state a decade ago, it still chooses to take a pot-shot at renewables.

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Energy companies are dead already, they just haven’t realised it

Energy companies are dead already, they just haven’t realised it

Electricity companies around the world will begin to go bankrupt by 2018. Sounds absurd? Just hear me out.

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Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Watch out for virtual utilities, virtual power plants

Startups are figuring out ways to beat incumbents in their own game. Virtual power plants may be the answer.

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A new paradigm for utilities: the rise of the “prosumer”

A new paradigm for utilities: the rise of the “prosumer”

With the emergence of advanced, smarter technology, consumers can now make more informed choices about energy usage and “prosumers” -resulting in a two way directional flow of power.

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‘Blackout Blackmail’: Utility, regulator accused of scare campaign over gas cuts

‘Blackout Blackmail’: Utility, regulator accused of scare campaign over gas cuts

Report suggests California regulators and the gas company are purposely scaring the community and legislature into putting the leaking storage facility back online.

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NSW utilities win major battle in Australian electricity price war

NSW utilities win major battle in Australian electricity price war

Court reverses move to curb network costs, a decision that could result in higher grid charges, and an accelerated push from consumers to seek alternatives and maybe quit the grid.