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Articles by Matthew Grantham

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Understanding energy blockchain: Network and market

Understanding energy blockchain: Network and market

Potential to address network value streams and negotiate complexity and regulatory risk offers huge opportunity for any platform able to wrestle this dragon.

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Understanding energy blockchain: Retail, tech and hardware

Understanding energy blockchain: Retail, tech and hardware

Bockchain has promised to cut out the bloated and inefficient middleman, so it’s natural platforms would emerge targeting the retail value stream.

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Understanding energy blockchain opportunities, risks and value streams

Understanding energy blockchain opportunities, risks and value streams

The big opportunity for blockchain in the generation value stream lies in the ability to bring together lots of small amounts of capital.

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Queensland’s new coal generator would burn more money than coal

Queensland’s new coal generator would burn more money than coal

A new coal generator in north Queensland would likely burn up to 79 per cent of its asset base – at the cost to Queensland taxpayers.

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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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Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

Split decision: Can utilities keep fossil fuel assets while chasing renewables?

As the cost of solar, storage and wind continue to fall, the pressure on utility business models and their so-called “parenting advantage” will increase significantly.