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China ban more musical chairs than Death Of Coal

China’s effective ban on Australian coal since October is more political retaliation than climate statement and may have ended up as a bit of an own goal. While the ban has contributed to widespread Chinese blackouts during freezing winter snap, Australia’s coal exports have just shifted to new markets as prices continue to surge in

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In Europe, the Dunkelflaute season cometh

On Friday (January 7) the French electricity grid operator RTE asked consumers to reduce their power consumption because things were getting tight. French citizens were asked to put off running the dishwasher or doing a load of washing that evening because there might not be enough electricity. That day total electricity demand in France reached

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The mystery of the missing bill shock…

Like all good energy nerds, I keep track of my old electricity bills. I recently stumbled across an old spreadsheet with some analysis of different retailer offers from the time my wife and I moved into our house back in 2010. I was curious to see how much our bills had changed so I started

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We’re getting less efficient at energy efficiency

Energy efficiency (EE) has been portrayed as the “low-hanging fruit” of climate policy. Apparently improving the efficiency with which energy is used is as easy as picking money up off the ground. The latest global summary of progress on EE suggests otherwise: global improvements in EE have been steadily slowing over the back end of

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Energy security courtesy of the South China Sea

Anyone who thinks gas doesn’t has a global future hasn’t been paying much attention to the gradually escalating geopolitical tensions arising in the South China Sea. Since 2014 China has been building seven artificial islands around reefs it claims as its own territory in the middle of the Sea. The reason for this is simple:

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October CER roundup

The renewable energy sector continues to demonstrate it is largely COVID-proof with continuing growth in the pipeline of projects, based on the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). In the longer term the recently launched NSW electricity infrastructure roadmap will stimulate many more projects, but the newest utility-scale plants are in Victoria and

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