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The cutting edge: Victoria’s emissions reduction strategy

With great fanfare the Victorian government has launched its Climate Change Strategy, a year later than required by legislation (the government granted itself a sick-note as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last year). The strategy confirmed Victoria’s interim targets for 2025 (28-33 per cent below 2005 levels) and 2030 (45-50 per cent) on the …

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A deal sealed?

The Morrison government has announced another of its signature energy deal packages with a Coalition-run state, this time South Australia. Following on from last year’s NSW deal, the package is a similar mix of funding announcements for electricity infrastructure, hydrogen pilots and aspirational gas production targets. The so-called Energy and Emissions Reduction Agreement is worth …

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Slow burn – eastern Australia gas projections

The latest Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO)  for eastern Australia indicates sufficient gas to meet demand provided LNG imports can commence by winter of 2023. This is when existing production from Longford in Victoria (which takes gas from several offshore fields) takes a nosedive. Even then shortages will emerge by around 2026 unless there is additional …

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Remote control

New rules allow the market operator AEMO to remotely disconnect rooftop solar systems when they deem it necessary to preserve system security. AEMO wielded this power for the first time last weekend, when a sunny day coupled with moderate demand drove SA demand to a dangerously low level. Low demand is a problem because it …

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South Australia: take a ride on the electricity price roller coaster

Observers of Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) would be forgiven for thinking the era of high prices has left us for the time being (at least until the next coal plant closes). A minor dampening of demand from COVID and a more significant one from a mild summer has coincided with growing renewables on our …

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