Matthew Warren


ACT renewables: bragging today, paying tomorrow

The ACT Government has been boasting for years about its renewables credentials, describing itself as “a nation-leader” in renewable energy, and by others as the first major jurisdiction in the world to move to 100 per cent renewable energy. The ACT legislated a net 100 per cent renewable energy target in 2016, committing to purchase …

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Time for a little solar PV parenting

Rooftop solar has been the runaway consumer success story of the decarbonising electricity market. More than 2.6 million  households have stuck solar panels on their rooftops, with a combined capacity of more than 13,000 megawatts smeared across suburban Australia. The rampant popularity of rooftop solar has also created major technical and equity problems. Solar PV …

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Hydrogen excitement ahead of reality

Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is clearly excited about hydrogen. The Fortescue Metals Chair has been splashing his hydrogen ambitions across the Australian media for most of 2021, re-packaging his plans to build the worlds biggest green steel supplier and the worlds biggest renewables and hydrogen based electricity utility. The numbers being thrown by Forrest are staggering: …

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Walking a political tightrope

The impending closure of the Yallourn power station poses a major reliability problem for Victoria. After Hazelwood in 2017, it will be the second of the state’s four giant brown coal generators to close. That’s the withdrawal of more than 3000 megawatts of dispatchable generation, and the emissions that go with them. Victorian Energy Minister …

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