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Turnbull dumps clean energy target for "national energy guarantee"

Turnbull dumps clean energy target for “national energy guarantee”

Coalition dumps clean energy target in favour of a change to energy market rules that appears to confer enormous power into the hands of coal and gas utilities, and satisfies push by right wing to abandon Paris target and to close the door on renewables.

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How rooftop solar is saving billions on energy bills for all consumers

How rooftop solar is saving billions on energy bills for all consumers

New study highlights billions of dollars saved through rooftop solar installations, as ACCC defends manipulation of markets by major generators as “rational behaviour”, says nothing can be done about “gold plating” of networks, and argues against measures to encourage more renewables.

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Australia's solar juggernaut is coming – quicker than anyone thinks

Australia’s solar juggernaut is coming – quicker than anyone thinks

The uptake of solar – by consumers and in large-scale solar farms – could be far quicker than anyone is currently contemplating. If this is managed well, with battery and other forms of storage, there will be little need for many of the remaining coal generators.

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Politics be damned – consumers jump aboard the energy revolution

Politics be damned – consumers jump aboard the energy revolution

Australian energy politics might have reached peak stupid, but Australia’s energy revolution – led by innovators and incumbents alike, all focused on delivering smarter, cheaper power – is just hitting its stride. And consumers are getting into it.

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Get smart: AEMO unveils 200MW "virtual power plant"

Get smart: AEMO unveils 200MW “virtual power plant”

AEMO and ARENA unveil a 200MW “virtual power plant” from demand response initiatives featuring incentives for commercial and household users, battery storage, and a range of Australian monitoring, smart meters and voltage control devices,

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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition's climate goat

Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat

Is this really what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for? Short of sacrificing this particular climate goat, he will be obliged to defend the indefensible, the outright rejection of climate science. And Australia will remain a laughing stock.

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The case against Tesla and battery storage just hit peak stupid

The case against Tesla and battery storage just hit peak stupid

AFR’s Chanticleer column writes article about battery storage so absurd and stupid it beggars belief that it was published. Such is the state of the energy debate in Australia. It’s not just politicians and vested interests that are letting consumers down, it’s the media.

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Stunning new low for solar PV as even IEA hails "age of solar"

Stunning new low for solar PV as even IEA hails “age of solar”

Saudi solar tender attracts stunning low bid of $US17.9/MWh, as even the conservative IEA hails a “new era of solar.” And while Australia currently enjoys an investment boom, a new report by Climate Council says “politics” is the only major barrier to a high penetration renewable grid.

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Greens push 20GW energy storage target to shift debate from baseload

Greens push 20GW energy storage target to shift debate from baseload

Greens unveil plan for 20GW of energy storage by 2030, providing incentives for storage at household and grid level, and try to move the energy debate beyond the limited scope of baseload vs renewables.

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Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and "fight the future"

Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and “fight the future”

He may already had one, but prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has just been given a blueprint by the Trump administration on how to protect dirty “baseload” coal, and extend his fight against the energy future.

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Future shock: Faster we get there the better, says Tesla's Musk

Future shock: Faster we get there the better, says Tesla’s Musk

Tesla’s big battery – already half complete – signals the speed of the energy transition. “This is what the future will look like,” Musk says. “And the faster we get there the better.” The contrast with the Federal government, brandishing lumps of coal, could not be greater.