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S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

S.A. to announce storage winner, delays EST mechanism

Results for South Australia’s battery storage tender expected in next week, as state government delays introduction of energy security target and may drop it altogether. Meanwhile, Victoria reports “strong” response for its battery storage tender.

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Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Battery storage “gigafactory” planned for Darwin for 2018

Energy Renaissance, backed by engineering group UGL, plans a gigawatt-scale battery storage factory in Darwin, that it says will begin production in late 2018.

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Solar's new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

Solar’s new sweet spot: Low cost, compact PV plants at $1/watt

New solar plant in Queensland will be built at less than half the cost modelled in the Finkel Review, and give a payback to investors in less than 5 years. Small is beautiful for large scale solar.

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AGL says only renewables will provide new "baseload", not coal

AGL says only renewables will provide new “baseload”, not coal

AGL ridicules Coalition push for new “baseload” coal plants, saying that the only new “baseload” would be renewables, with gas or storage. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” says CEO Andy Vesey.

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Turnbull caves in, declares support for new "clean coal" generator

Turnbull caves in, declares support for new “clean coal” generator

Turnbull caves in to fossil fuel lobby push for more “continuous power” and asks AEMO to assess needs of the grid. “It would be good to have a state of the art clean coal plant in Australia,” he said.

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Lyon plans battery tender for $1.88bn solar plus storage projects

Lyon plans battery tender for $1.88bn solar plus storage projects

Lyon Group announces another huge solar plus storage project, this time in Victoria, and unveiled plans to tender for contracts for battery services to underpin the investment and finalise the design of its three major projects.

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Coalition's war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Coalition’s war on cheap power: When fools design energy policy

Billed as a “once in a generation” opportunity to bring Australia’s energy market into the 21st Century, the Finkel Review is rapidly being reduced to absurdist arguments about the lights going out – by the very government that commissioned it. So much for Grid 2.0.

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How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

How wind and solar will kill coal, sooner than Finkel suggests

BNEF report suggests wind and solar will fall further than Finkel Review expects, undermining case for even refurbished coal generators. The cost falls mean that Australia’s current Paris targets will be met even without a clean energy target mechanism.

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South Australia is going to need its battery storage this summer

South Australia is going to need its battery storage this summer

AEMO says battery storage plans for South Australia and Victoria will be critical to prevent blackouts in extreme heat events in coming summer.

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Finkel modelling ignores new technologies, cheaper renewables

Finkel modelling ignores new technologies, cheaper renewables

The modelling prepared by private consultancy for Finkel Review deliberately ignores certain technologies that can provide grid security and replace coal fired generation at a much cheaper cost than gas. It also uses inflated costs for wind and solar.

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Five ways to improve Finkel's energy blueprint

Five ways to improve Finkel’s energy blueprint

The Finkel blue-print needs stress testing with real climate targets, a recognition of the shift to distributed generation, a smarter way to think about storage, and an assurance that asset-protecting incumbents will keep their mitts off the mechanism. And it needs to deliver bigger savings on bills.