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Category: Smart Energy

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'Utopian' currency Bitcoin is a potentially catastrophic energy guzzler

‘Utopian’ currency Bitcoin is a potentially catastrophic energy guzzler

The recent upsurge in the price of Bitcoin seems to have finally awakened the world to the massively destructive environmental consequences of this bubble.

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Zibelman: Resisting energy transition like trying to resist internet

Zibelman: Resisting energy transition like trying to resist internet

AEMO boss Audrey Zibelman says energy transition as unstoppable as the internet, because economics and technology have changed. Some baseload may be needed in the future, but it doesn’t need to be coal.

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The first Australian utility to embrace era of "base-cost renewables"

The first Australian utility to embrace era of “base-cost renewables”

West Australia’s regional utility Horizon Power has become the first major Australian utility to embrace the concept of “base-cost renewables”, recognising that the plunging cost of solar and wind is set to turn traditional theories of energy supply on their head.

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Five ways that cities can slash carbon pollution right now

Five ways that cities can slash carbon pollution right now

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute lists 22 policies that could help get the job done.

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Blockchain App that pays households to cut energy use wins Future Cities Hackathon

Blockchain App that pays households to cut energy use wins Future Cities Hackathon

Held at UTS, the hackathon brought together some of the best and brightest from the fields of sustainability, design and technology, the corporate and academic world, and the start-up community.

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Blockchain not just about smarter grids – it could be a life saver

Blockchain not just about smarter grids – it could be a life saver

In the case of life support, blockchain technology could make life better for everyone – improving safety for the sick while saving costs for electricity providers.

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COAG agrees to put wind and solar sectors in no-man's land

COAG agrees to put wind and solar sectors in no-man’s land

COAG agrees to commission more design work on the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee, forcing the renewable energy industries in Australia into yet another period of policy uncertainty.

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CEFC targets energy hungry shopping centres, with $200m finance deal

CEFC targets energy hungry shopping centres, with $200m finance deal

CEFC tips $200m debt finance into QIC’s Global Real Estate flagship Shopping Centre Fund, in deal expected to deliver energy savings of between 30-40% using solar and energy efficiency.

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100% renewables "cheaper, less risky" than building new coal: ATA

100% renewables “cheaper, less risky” than building new coal: ATA

ATA report says a 100% renewable grid by 2030 not just doable for Australia, but cheaper and safer than building new coal plants.

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Renewables option $1.3 billion cheaper than keeping Liddell open

Renewables option $1.3 billion cheaper than keeping Liddell open

Report finds combination of wind power, smart controls and energy efficiency would cost $2.2bn over five years, compared to $3.6bn to keep coal plant open.

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Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid

Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid

Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid – and providing them with solar and storage – can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. It’s a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.