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Articles by Alan Pears

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Pears Report: It's time to get really smart about e-bikes

Pears Report: It’s time to get really smart about e-bikes

We need more focus on e-bikes and low speed EVs. My dream is a fold-up e-scooter with an integrated bag so it can become a wheelie bag on public transport.

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Bigger networks, bigger Snowy: Silver bullets or white elephants?

Bigger networks, bigger Snowy: Silver bullets or white elephants?

Transforming our energy system may prove far less risky than propping up traditional over-built electricity supply.

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Australia’s Energy Fiasco: How do we extract ourselves from a deep hole?

Australia’s Energy Fiasco: How do we extract ourselves from a deep hole?

A diversified and distributed energy systems is feasible, but attractive – except to powerful incumbent interests and those whose thinking is trapped in the past.

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Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Medals of Valour should be awarded to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

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The Pears Report: Only asset write downs will fix network costs

The Pears Report: Only asset write downs will fix network costs

Only asset write-downs will fix soaring prices, but policymakers and governments seem reluctant to unravel this welfare scheme for powerful incumbents.

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The Pears Report: Energy pricing demands a response

The Pears Report: Energy pricing demands a response

When energy assets were being sold off, many politicians thought that people would blame the industry for any problems, not governments. Sorry guys. Everyone knows you write the rules and supposedly enforce them.

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The Pears Report:  Summertime, and the living ain’t easy

The Pears Report: Summertime, and the living ain’t easy

With summer approaching, there’s a flurry of activity to ensure reliable energy generation under peak loads.

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More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

The proposed closure date for AGL’s ancient and unreliable coal power station, is five years and probably two elections away.

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Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

It’s time for governments to get serious about helping everyone to join the energy transition, not just the most affluent.

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National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

The NEM has failed. Its very narrow economic objective was to provide low prices, reliable and safe energy, and to act in the long term interests of consumers. It hasn’t.

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Battery storage just part of smart demand response to grid problems

Battery storage just part of smart demand response to grid problems

It is amazing how much is happening, even in Australia. There may yet be hope for Australia to become a low-carbon, successful 21st century economy!