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For $6 extra, AEMO keeps lights on and defies renewable skeptics

For $6 extra, AEMO keeps lights on and defies renewable skeptics

AEMO says reserve mechanism that ensured lights stayed on last summer cost just $6 per customer, and praises role of newly deployed technologies such as batteries and demand response.

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Understanding energy blockchain opportunities, risks and value streams

Understanding energy blockchain opportunities, risks and value streams

The big opportunity for blockchain in the generation value stream lies in the ability to bring together lots of small amounts of capital.

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Better to be long renewables than be short

Better to be long renewables than be short

Coalition’s emissions target makes Australia’s grid barely cleaner than a coal generator. Happily, the states will clean up, but Snowy Hydro needs to lift its game.

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Know your NEM: AGL's gas play assumes a lot more renewables

Know your NEM: AGL’s gas play assumes a lot more renewables

AGL’s big gas play in NSW only makes sense if you assume a lot more renewables. Meanwhile, all eyes on the RECs, and the states.

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NEG modelling assumes electricity to deliver just 5% of emission cuts

NEG modelling assumes electricity to deliver just 5% of emission cuts

Given the electricity sector accounts for around one-third of national emissions, it must be asked why the government is only seeking to achieve 5% of the required abatement from the NEM.

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NEG high level design document at a glance

NEG high level design document at a glance

Highlights from the high level NEG document distributed to COAG energy ministers ahead of next Friday’s meeting.

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Battery storage booming, but even Tesla struggling to cash in

Battery storage booming, but even Tesla struggling to cash in

Grid-scale battery storage is taking off in Australia but it is still a struggle for investors to get value from their services. The contracts for the new Victoria big batteries explain why.

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Why managing Australia's grid is like driving a car with loose steering wheel

Why managing Australia’s grid is like driving a car with loose steering wheel

The East Coast power system of Australia has the worst frequency regulation in the developed world, putting it at risk whenever an event occurs which requires its fossil fuel generators to respond quickly. Because they can’t.

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Journey to zero emissions electricity: What happens when sun don't shine, wind don't blow?

Journey to zero emissions electricity: What happens when sun don’t shine, wind don’t blow?

In part two of three-part series, we consider the question of firming variable renewable generation.

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Journey to zero emissions electricity: BAU could deliver more than NEG

Journey to zero emissions electricity: BAU could deliver more than NEG

First of three-part series examining the evolution of Australia’s electricity system to 2050, and the role of policy-makers along the way.

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Australia's biggest coal state, NSW, also biggest electricity importer

Australia’s biggest coal state, NSW, also biggest electricity importer

South Australia’s renewables grid is often criticised for relying on “imports” from other states. But no grid relies more on imports than NSW, the grid with the highest percentage of coal generation.