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Articles by David Leitch

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Know your NEM: California leads way with cleaner grid, lower bills

Data from California Public Utilities Commission clearly shows that energy efficiency and decarbonisation don’t have to mean higher consumer costs. You pay more, use less, and end up better off.

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Coal kicks on: Why China's emissions have not yet peaked

Coal kicks on: Why China’s emissions have not yet peaked

Wind, solar PV and Nuclear have gained electricity market share in China, but because of another downturn in hydro, coal generation continues to grow.

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Know your NEM: Firming output in South Australia

Know your NEM: Firming output in South Australia

South Australia remains the most fascinating market, with all sorts of competing ideas and technologies to firm the state’s wind and solar output.

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AC/DC: The unheralded debate in Australia's future grid

AC/DC: The unheralded debate in Australia’s future grid

There may be significant advantage in a renewables centric grid to using DC for transmission as opposed to AC.

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Pumped hydro slowly starts to put its head up

Pumped hydro slowly starts to put its head up

NSW is getting excited about pumped hydro, but many projects will only get up if supported by analysts such as Rosie Scenario and Phil Wright.

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Better to be long renewables than be short

Better to be long renewables than be short

Coalition’s emissions target makes Australia’s grid barely cleaner than a coal generator. Happily, the states will clean up, but Snowy Hydro needs to lift its game.

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Know your NEM: AGL's gas play assumes a lot more renewables

Know your NEM: AGL’s gas play assumes a lot more renewables

AGL’s big gas play in NSW only makes sense if you assume a lot more renewables. Meanwhile, all eyes on the RECs, and the states.

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Australia doing crap job on emissions, but prices may fall

Australia doing crap job on emissions, but prices may fall

Our analysis of the new renewable energy projects to come on line in next few years suggest a fall in electricity prices – at least until the closure of Liddell.

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Know your NEM: Expect price hikes from the NEG

Know your NEM: Expect price hikes from the NEG

The redesigned NEG is likely to cause electricity prices to rise before they fall.

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NSW faces biggest problems on energy, yet it does the least

NSW faces biggest problems on energy, yet it does the least

NSW has raised $38 billion from energy asset sales, yet has reinvested not a single dollar – despite facing the fact that most of its coal fired power stations will close in the next 14 years.

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Poverty of vision is holding back Australia's energy transition

Poverty of vision is holding back Australia’s energy transition

There is broad and consistent support for renewable energy both globally and in Australia, but our policies need to wake up to 21st Century.