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Articles by David Leitch

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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.

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Will battery storage kill "duck curve" market for gas generators?

Will battery storage kill “duck curve” market for gas generators?

Australia’s big retailers are planning major investments in gas generation. But California illustrates how that market has been shuttered by battery storage.

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Industrial power is expensive in Australia, isn’t it? No, not really

Industrial power is expensive in Australia, isn’t it? No, not really

Business customers pay about half what households and small businesses pay in Australia, and their costs are about middle of the road compared to other major economies.

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Know your NEM: The tricky question of network values

Know your NEM: The tricky question of network values

Gold plated or not, the idea that governments would agree to a write-down or rebate on network costs is laughable.

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Australia's energy focus should be on the prize, not the rules

Australia’s energy focus should be on the prize, not the rules

It’s not worth getting too excited about the many technical deficiencies in the proposed National Energy Guarantee and the poverty of the vision that underlies it.

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Know your NEM: Time to focus on ISP, and dump the NEG

Know your NEM: Time to focus on ISP, and dump the NEG

If COAG gets behind AEMO’s Integrated System Plan, instead of the NEG, Australia may yet manage the transition to a low-carbon economy in a way we can be proud of.

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Know your NEM: Europe's changing energy profile

Know your NEM: Europe’s changing energy profile

Europe’s changing energy profile as wind and solar take hold; lithium prices down on fears of over-supply; AGL weighed down by emissions profile.

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Know your NEM: Bad news keeps coming on NEG

Know your NEM: Bad news keeps coming on NEG

NEG is largely a smokescreen designed to bury electricity policy under a motherhood blanket. The policy is supposed to endure for decades but its major design issues have to be decided in weeks. This is just nuts.

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Will the NEG make the energy transition easier or harder?

Will the NEG make the energy transition easier or harder?

The ESB needs to go back to the drawing board and have another go at its National Energy Guarantee. They doesn’t understand what a bad solution they have proposed.