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Articles by Mark Byrne

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Fragility and resilience in the grid of the future

Fragility and resilience in the grid of the future

Simplicity doesn’t always equal efficiency, but it does usually equal reliability. A system with multiple layers of complexity is more vulnerable to breakdown.

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How do you solve a problem like fixed charges?

How do you solve a problem like fixed charges?

Everyone hates the fixed charges on their electricity bills, so why do they keep going up? Is it because retailers take us for mugs?

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Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

Demand tariffs are controversial, but if properly done they could work for everyone. We just need the network owners to do the right thing.

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The long and winding road to tariff reform

The long and winding road to tariff reform

In first of three articles on electricity network tariff reform, we look at Tariff Structure Statements, and why you should care about them.

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Batteries are energy on tap - but who owns the tap?

Batteries are energy on tap – but who owns the tap?

It’s been a bit of a free-for-all up till now, but the regulatory regime seems to be developing in a way that should benefit consumers and renewables in the long run.

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How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

How do you solve a problem like the NEO?

While the Finkel Review recognises Australia’s “energy trilemma” – security, affordability and sustainability – we have a market that recognises only the first two of these objectives.

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Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Battery storage rules should favour consumers, not networks

Batteries will supercharge the energy revolution, smoothing renewables and offering prosumers autonomy. Right now, though, the regulatory space is a bit of a Wild West.

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Energy market rule-maker says no to real reform - again

Energy market rule-maker says no to real reform – again

Decision by AEMC will push more local generators and prosumers to reduce their use of the grid, to look at private wires and microgrids, and potentially to disconnect.

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A call to value local energy in Australia's future grid

A call to value local energy in Australia’s future grid

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released a consultation paper on possibly the most radical proposal for energy market reform it has received.

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Ausgrid's mea culpa

Ausgrid’s mea culpa

One Australian electricity network has finally admitted it had its snout in the trough. But will this change anything in its approach to future investment?

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Consumer sting in the tail of TransGrid sale

Consumer sting in the tail of TransGrid sale

The “bonanza” obtained for the sale of electricity transmission network TransGrid will come back to haunt NSW consumers for decades to come.