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Up, up and away…

Electricity consumers have unfortunately had to get used to different components of their bills shooting up in cost. Early in the last decade it was network charges, in 2017-18 it was wholesale energy costs as Hazelwood closed. While these and environmental charges appear more stable or even declining, there is still one rapidly rising component. …

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Retail price round up

July 1 is the traditional date of new prices in the NEM (except Victoria, see below). With the introduction of the default market offer (DMO), all parts of the NEM are again subject to some form of price regulation for small customers. This time, the decisions of the regulators are bolstered by the introduction of …

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I like the way you FERC it

Two landmark decisions in recent days have gone some way to resolving uncertainty for key energy transition technologies such as storage and rooftop solar PV in the US. Much of the US’s energy policy and regulation takes place at state level or multi-state market level. However, the US constitution provides for federal government oversight of …

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Reflected glory

The latest electricity generation technology du jour got a run in the press today, with reports of a $600m solar thermal hybrid plant being planned for Mt Isa. As is often the case there is currently less than meets the eye – the developer, Vast Solar – appears to be merely in talks with large …

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Dreckonomics

The dismal science just got a little more dismal with the latest release of figures from the Energy Policy Tracker project. Newspaper headlines bemoan the report’s conclusion that “G20 countries aim their pandemic bailout spending at fossil fuel industries”, based on figures that suggest G20 governments have pledged US$151bn to fossil fuels during the pandemic …

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