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Queensland – Changes for Premium FiT Customers

By Cathryn Blair | June 23, 2017

On 15 June 2017, the Queensland Government introduced the Electricity (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 into the Parliament. The Bill proposes minor changes to the Electricity Act 1994 to clarify how customers receiving the Solar Bonus Scheme may integrate batteries and additional generation and remain eligible for the 44…

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Backbench blues over Clean Energy Blueprint

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

The Finkel Review of the energy market has generated a great deal of analysis and debate, interviews and screen time. It has also caused division in the ranks, with a revolt brewing among Coalition backbenchers over the audacity of a Clean Energy Target designed to provide an end to policy uncertainty and reduce emissions. Reactions…

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Transition to renewables must accelerate

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

Mixed reports are in about the progress of renewables, with the 2017 edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report revealing the global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, particularly for solar PV and wind power. Despite the positive trends, the pace of…

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Poll: Eight in ten want clean energy

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

The Lowy Institute has found 81 per cent of Australians want governments to focus on clean energy sources, and just 17 per cent want governments to focus on coal and gas. The findings of the 2017 poll that coincided with the release of the Finkel Review of the energy market reinforce the strong preference for…

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CEFC and NAB = energy efficiency

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is committing an additional $180 million in finance to the NAB Energy Efficient Bonus program, following its success in helping Australian businesses transform their energy use. The Energy Efficient Bonus program provides customers with a 0.7 per cent discount on NAB’s standard equipment finance rate for loans for eligible clean…

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Demand response: ARENA open for business

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently announced a three-year pilot program intended to drive innovation in demand response to manage extreme peak demand and respond to grid emergencies in the National Electricity Market.  The funding round opened for applications from Thursday 8 June 2017 and will conclude at 5pm on Monday 10…

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MPower island storage

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

In a landmark development MPower is primed to build a large-scale 5.6 MWh battery Energy Storage System in the Cook Islands capital of Rarotonga, making it one of the Pacific’s largest solar energy storage systems. MPower will design and install the BESS at the 1 MW Te Mana Ra Solar PV facility connected to the…

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Enphase cubbies sunflowers

By Brett Thompson | June 16, 2017

Enphase microinverters are being used in a new sculptural playground, a ‘playscape’ of 25 solar panels.  Known as the Coal Flower Project at Cubbies, the system consists of five nine metre high sculptural flowers and 25 Enphase S230 microinverters have been attached to individual solar panels that are connected to each petal. Besides providing expansive…

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