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HumeLink – a chance to try something different?

HumeLink is the latest in the series of major transmission projects to come out of AEMO’s Integrated System Plan (ISP). It is shaping up to be a set of transmission lines linking Bannaby, Maragle and Wagga Wagga in southern NSW. Its key role is to allow the transfer of energy from Snowy 2.0 to NSW

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High EU carbon prices: does ambition exceed reality?

The carbon price in Europe is soaring, currently approaching AUD$100 a tonne. That’s while the European economy is forging out of its COVID-19 recession with the EU’s economy predicted to grow by around 4.8 per cent in 2021 and more of the same in 2022. Pricing emissions doesn’t appear to be holding the European economy

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The NEM – last chance saloon

Like any big package of reform proposals, the Energy Security Board (ESB’s) post 2025 market design (P2025) recommendations is trying to be many things to many people. One of the most important things is that it is trying to rescue the NEM from collapsing into individual state-based systems, each with their own rules and schemes.

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Waiting for a wave of offshore wind

A long-awaited bill has been introduced to lay the regulatory groundwork for allowing offshore wind farms to be built in Australian waters. Will this spark a tsunami of projects? Offshore wind is more expensive to build and maintain, but more efficient than “conventional”  onshore wind. While the size of onshore wind turbines average around 3MW,

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What happened to the pumped hydro boom?

Four years ago in the days before green hydrogen was the buzz word, pumped hydro was the buzz word. Or words. In March 2017 then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the 2000MW Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro scheme, promising a price tag of $2 billion. Later that year a report from The Australian National University in

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From NEM to NEP

The Clean Energy Investor Group (CEIG) represents institutional investors with a combined generation portfolio of 11GW across more than 70 power stations. The NEM is going to need plenty of investment over the next few decades, so when investors speak up, governments tend to listen. The CEIG has spoken – it has set out its

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