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Articles by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson

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Mackay council goes solar – and saves big – with city-wide rollout

Mackay council goes solar – and saves big – with city-wide rollout

Mackay Council awards tender to install solar PV on 21 local government facilities, saving nearly 10 times its outlay over 20 years. But the bid price stuns rivals.

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The stunning numbers behind success of Tesla big battery

The stunning numbers behind success of Tesla big battery

Tesla big battery accounts for just 2% of capacity in South Australia’s ancillary services market, but in just four months it has grabbed a 55% market share and slashed prices by 90%.

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Australia's big business energy fantasy: Let's frack like it's America

Australia’s big business energy fantasy: Let’s frack like it’s America

Some of Australia’s biggest manufacturers have turned to wind and solar to lower energy costs, but the lobby groups just wants to frack, just like in America.

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Musk says storage orders surge on success of Tesla big battery

Musk says storage orders surge on success of Tesla big battery

Elon Musk says the Tesla big battery in South Australia has exceeded performance targets “significantly,” a success that has put a rocket under sales of the company’s commercial-scale Powerpacks.

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NSW Coalition government hints at Liddell intervention. Seriously?

NSW Coalition government hints at Liddell intervention. Seriously?

NSW Premier suggests intervening in Liddell closure as way of “guaranteeing cheap and reliable electricity” for state.

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Rooftop solar changes unsettle industry, raising fears worse to come

Rooftop solar changes unsettle industry, raising fears worse to come

Confusion over RET regulation changes has revealed large cracks in the faith of the renewable energy industry, which – still recovering from the Abbott years – is spooked by the National Energy Guarantee, and possible future policy changes, just as the market is hitting its stride.

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AGL ridicules Coalition request to keep Liddell open extra 5 years

AGL ridicules Coalition request to keep Liddell open extra 5 years

Coalition wants AGL to keep 46-year old Liddell coal generator open another five years, despite AEMO saying there is no threat to security standards and best way to minimise is to have more renewables.

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AEMO cautious about over-loading storage on wind, solar farms

AEMO cautious about over-loading storage on wind, solar farms

AEMO boss Audrey Zibelman cautious about level of storage required for new wind and solar farms, but keen to push forward with energy market reforms. “We don’t want to waste this crisis,” she said.

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Finkel offers cheaper, cleaner energy - all  carrots and no stick

Finkel offers cheaper, cleaner energy – all carrots and no stick

Australia’s chief scientist says we need an energy market plan, unveils suite of recommendations including a Clean Energy target, but which appears to favour coal over gas, and puts lid on renewable energy developments.

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Consumer bills to jump as networks score court victory over regulator

Consumer bills to jump as networks score court victory over regulator

Australian Energy Regulator loses costly Federal Court battle to control how much NSW network operators can charge for power.

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Origin stuns industry with record low price for 530MW wind farm

Origin stuns industry with record low price for 530MW wind farm

Origin to buy output from 530MW Stockyard Hill wind farm at less than $60/MWh in price that will stun Australian industry. Following numerous solar deals, it expects renewables to account for more than 25% of its supply by 2020.