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The Parkinson Report

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    Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

    Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

    As Australia’s dance of the seven RET Reviews continues, it seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the Abbott government): that that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand.

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    Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

    Was the Warburton Review a complete waste of money?

    RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.

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     Could a Tesla test drive cure Abbott government’s deep denial?

    Could a Tesla test drive cure Abbott government’s deep denial?

    A test drive in a Tesla – and a collective “Tesla smile” in the conservative ranks – might give the Abbott government an insight into the future. And how the confluence of renewables, storage and software will shape the future. It is not so scary, and not some part of a green plot or climate hoax designed to bring down their society.

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    Why rooftop solar makes networks such a hard sell

    Why rooftop solar makes networks such a hard sell

    New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.

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    Regulator says Australia facing “prosumer” energy revolution

    Regulator says Australia facing “prosumer” energy revolution

    Australian Energy Regulator says network models need to be changed to allow greater access for customers to participate in the market. It warns that if barriers remain, then prosumers – those generating and storing their own energy – will “walk away” from the grid.