Germany’s energy sector transformation won’t come cheap, but the government says it’s a price worth paying – and so far, the public seems to agree.
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Monday’s story about the ‘cost’ of battery storage sparked a big debate. The missing link was the ‘value’ of storage, and when used as a replacement for network upgrades, supporters insist it is already a ‘no brainer’. But can the utilities adapt to the ‘democratisation’ of energy, or will they lose control of their grid?
First in a three-part series on Germany’s plan to increase renewables and cut demand and emissions, cost-effectively – and without nuclear. Can it be done?
The Sunshine Coast council is set to become the first in Australia to build a utility-scale solar farm, transforming 20 hectares of a former sugar cane plantation near Coolum into a 10MW solar PV plant that would generate enough power to meet half the council’s electricity needs for the next 30 years, and slash its energy costs.
Google jumps into South Africa, which has emerged as a hotspot of solar and renewable energy investment and project development.
New report suggests rooftop solar should be embraced as a natural hedge against volatile electricity prices, and to hasten transition to low carbon system. But it warns that incumbents are lined up against the technology, but politicians would be ill-advised to side with the owners of legacy assets.
An analysis by Australia’s energy market operator suggests 100% renewables would cost the country well over $200 billion. In terms of consumer electricity prices, that’s about the equivalent to the cost of the recent network upgrades. And, it notes, it is all quite doable.
IEA report says current way the world supplies and uses energy threatens security, health, economic prosperity and environment.
New report reaffirms anti-wind propaganda such as that spread by Sarah Laurie might cause greater health impacts than wind farms themselves.
Macquarie analysts say the explosion of rooftop solar PV is transforming energy markets and could be unstoppable. Its report has important implications for Australia, and heralds the move away from the traditional concept of baseload energy markets.