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Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms

Andrews government unveils first of renewable energy auctions – for 650MW of wind and solar – and announces two new big solar farms, the 100MW Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale in the Sunraysia district, and the 38MW Numurkah Solar Farm near Shepparton.

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Super cheap solar - and why that's good for Australia's mining sector

Super cheap solar – and why that’s good for Australia’s mining sector

Solar pioneer Martin Green says solar PV will fall to $US10/MWh within a few years, but this will be good news for Australia’s mining industry because the fall in Australia’s thermal coal exports will be offset by a factor of more than 5 by demand for other resources.

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Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

More details emerge of the contract for the Port Augusta solar tower and storage project, and why it means huge change for energy markets, and a shift of focus from “base-load” fossil fuel to clean, flexible capacity built around “base-cost” renewables.

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Australian wind delivers more record low prices, as private sector piles in

Australian wind delivers more record low prices, as private sector piles in

AGL Energy secures PPA of below $60/MWh for 453MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm, to be built in Queensland by 2019 after reaching financial close Thursday. AGL chief says deal signals private sector’s readiness to invest in Australian renewables – but warns policy certainty still vital.

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Warnings of energy storage market chaos, as industry unites against home battery ban

Warnings of energy storage market chaos, as industry unites against home battery ban

Australian energy storage industry registers thousands of protests against Standards Australia’s proposed home battery ban. Industry body says if draft adopted, the energy storage industry in Australia and globally will be “thrown into chaos.”

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Origin to add "a Hazelwood" of renewables by 2020, but says CET remains "critical"

Origin to add “a Hazelwood” of renewables by 2020, but says CET remains “critical”

Despite an upbeat renewables outlook, Origin Energy CEO says the market is not out of the woods yet, and that for investment to keep up momentum, policy stability remains at a premium, and the introduction of a Clean Energy Target is critical.

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Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

South Australia government chooses solar tower and storage for its power needs, after SoalrReserve wins tender for baseload power with $78/MWh for 150MW plant in Port Augusta. South Australia suggests it is beginning of the end for coal.

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Failed experiment: Now it's retail arms gaming energy consumers

Failed experiment: Now it’s retail arms gaming energy consumers

First it was the networks, then generators. Now it’s the retail arms gouging consumers. A bipartisan review of Victoria’s retail electricity market reveals a failed experiment that has delivered the most inflated power bills in Australia.

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It's absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

It’s absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

As long as Australia’s energy networks hold on to their inflated asset base, and generators and retailers to their inflated profit margins, consumers will have no choice but to take matters into their own hands with solar and battery storage. But what a hopeless failure in public policy that would be.

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AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL’s multi-billion investment in coal generators, and the recent investment drought in new wind and solar plants, have delivered windfall gains to the country’s biggest generator. It also increased its margins from consumers, despite its offer of discounts.

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Turnbull "eyeballs" energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Turnbull “eyeballs” energy bosses, kids himself on solution

Big energy retailers didn’t so much blink, as wink in face of Turnbull’s “eyeballing” episode. Here’s why they will be high fiving each other in the Qantas lounge at Canberra airport.