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State Energy Bank of South Australia?

The South Australian Labor Party has announced its first major policy in the run up to the next state election. It is going to build a giant electrolyser and next door to it a power station that will run on hydrogen. It will also build a big tank to store the hydrogen in liquified form

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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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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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Can you run a grid on promises?

A scrum of companies and consortia have promised to build nearly 10GW of new battery storage in Australia. It’s a staggering number: more than 30 times the size of the current operational fleet. But there’s a catch. To date no one is making good on their promises unless they have secured a big chunk of

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