Marshall’s first promise as SA premier: Kill Tesla battery plan

The newly elected South Australia premier, the Liberal Steven Marshall, has made his first promise – his government intends to kill the Tesla plan for the world’s biggest “virtual power plant” that would install batteries in low income households for no cost. The Tesla plan – which aimed to install 5kW of solar and a … Read more

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

This article is part two in a three-part series analysing the future of Australia’s electricity networks, and the federal government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee. You can read part one here: Zero emissions power generation 101: implement policies that: 1) don’t make it hard for existing fossil fuel-fired power stations to retire, 2) don’t encourage the … Read more

Speed of Australia’s energy transition hostage to Marshall law

Source: AAP The consequences of South Australia’s election result on Saturday will be felt far beyond the state’s borders. It was barely minutes after the SA Liberals – led by Steven Marshall – were declared winners that the federal Coalition began crowing that this was good news for Malcolm Turnbull’s signature policy, the National Energy … Read more

Jupiter wind farm plans abandoned in face of community opposition

The proponents of a troubled wind farm proposed for the New South Wales Southern Tablelands have withdrawn their application to develop the project, just over two weeks after it was rejected by the state government’s Department of Planning and Environment for a second time. The Jupiter Wind Farm, proposed for development south-east of Tarago by … Read more

UK wind farms deliver record 37% of nation’s electricity

Wind farms in the UK have notched up a new record for generation, after supplying 36.9 per cent of the country’s electricity on the morning of Sunday March 18. Think this might be a new wind record. 13.9GW of generation, supplying a whopping 36.9% of the UK’s electricity! Can @NGControlRoom confirm? — Sarah Merrick … Read more

Carnegie wins grant to power offshore gas platform with solar

ASX listed renewables developer Carnegie Clean Energy has won grant funding to help power an offshore gas production platform with solar and battery storage. Carnegie said on Monday that it had secured $200,000 of industry-matched funding from National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) to integrate solar PV at the Blacktip Wellhead Platform in the Southern Bonaparte … Read more

New analysis shows NEG is worse than doing nothing

New modelling by energy market analysts RepuTex has added to the deepening concern about the proposed National Energy Guarantee, suggesting it is calibrated to achieve an outcome that is worse than doing nothing. The RepuTex analysis builds on concerns that the modelling used to underpin support for the NEG made a complete hash of estimating … Read more