Australia’s main grid copes just fine with minimal amount of coal

Australia’s main grid copes just fine with minimal amount of coal

Over the last 30 days coal generation in the National Electricity Market in aggregate is down 8%, or an annualised figure of 11TWh (terrawatt hours) compared to the same period a year earlier (PCP).

GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia.The Australia market offers one of the fastest-growing opportunities for hybrid generation, said Gianpaolo Giuliani, energy storage global sales director at GE's Renewable Hybrids unit.

Millions take to the streets for global climate strike

Millions take to the streets for global climate strike

Some of Friday’s first protests were held in Australia, where an estimated 300,000 people gathered at more than 100 rallies calling for action to guard against climate change, with further demonstrations held across parts of Asia.

Redflow to deliver ZBM2 batteries for telco mobile phone tower sites in South Africa

Redflow to deliver ZBM2 batteries for telco mobile phone tower sites in South Africa

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has won an order to provide 68 ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries for at least 20 mobile phone tower sites in South Africa owned by one of Africa’s leading telecommunication companies.

Is this Australia’s first utility to acknowledge death by solar?

Is this Australia’s first utility to acknowledge death by solar?

The electricity generation company owned by the Northern Territory government says it faces an “existential risk” from the rise of solar power, possibly becoming the first energy utility to openly recognise that the growth of cheaper renewables could spell the end of its traditional fossil fuel business.

Volvo, Polestar to make electric car push into Australia in 2020

Volvo, Polestar to make electric car push into Australia in 2020

Volvo and its electrifying offshoot Polestar will make a push into Australia in the next year with two electric vehicles (EVs) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in 2020.Swedish-Chinese owned Volvo has confirmed that it will bring the all-electric XC40 SUV by the end of 2020, along with a T5 twin engine PHEV option.

From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends climate change message viral

From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends climate change message viral

The key messages of the presentation given by Professor Will Steffen at the Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) BIG U TURN AHEAD event last June, have been passed on to more than 72,000 people, thanks to a series of Twitter posts distributed from Cologne, Germany.

METKA EGN signs solar PPA to supply leading Australian retail chain

METKA EGN signs solar PPA to supply leading Australian retail chain

Greek EPC contractor METKA EGN has entered an agreement with Coles, the second-largest supermarket chain in Australia, for a 10-year electricity supply contract (PPA), with all the power to be generated from renewable sources, according to a press release from the subsidiary of Greek industrial giant Mytilineos Holdings.

Do Australia’s coal generators need another subsidy?

Do Australia’s coal generators need another subsidy?

“Unless we get the markets right — and we continue to see the emergence of rooftop solar as well as variable renewable energy — we’ll see even earlier coal retirements than anticipated because the economics of plants won’t be viable,” Zibelman was quoted as saying.

ClearVue confirms c.$602,000 R&D Tax Credit

ClearVue confirms c.$602,000 R&D Tax Credit

6 September 2019: Smart building materials company ClearVue Technologies Limited (ASX:CPV) (“ClearVue” or“the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received an R&D tax credit from the Australian Tax Office ofAUD $602,353 – the payment being made pursuant to the Commonwealth Government Research & Development Tax Incentive Program.

NAB backs Queensland battery gigafactory plans as financial advisor

NAB backs Queensland battery gigafactory plans as financial advisor

Magnis Resources, an Australian graphite producer and member of the consortium behind the Imperium3 Townsville project (iM3TSV) said on Thursday that NAB had been tapped to advise on the $2 billion battery plant.

Number of Australians ready to buy electric vehicles has tripled

Number of Australians ready to buy electric vehicles has tripled

Consumer awareness of electric vehicles in Australia has reached a tipping point, with the number of people currently researching the electric vehicle market in Australia with an intention of buying an electric vehicle tripling.

Solar tops coal as world’s biggest source of new capacity over past decade

Solar tops coal as world’s biggest source of new capacity over past decade

The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, published on Friday (Australian time) shows solar accounted for the largest single share of the net 2,366GW of new power capacity installed over the past decade, at 638GW.And that’s counting fossil fuels, too.

The new normal: EV sales double in Australia, while petrol car sales slump

The new normal: EV sales double in Australia, while petrol car sales slump

Electric cars continue to experience unprecedented success in Australia, against a backdrop of continued declining sales petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles.The latest report from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reveal that sales of zero and low emissions vehicles have doubled in 2019 compared to year-to-date (YTD) figures from 2018.

Wind, solar and storage prompt re-design of Australia’s energy market

Wind, solar and storage prompt re-design of Australia’s energy market

But they are considered to be out-of-date and not reflective of the dynamic changes occurring in the market, as wind and solar become clearly the cheapest forms of bulk energy, and the market looks for the right incentives for storage and other dispatchable generation, and to deal with the big shift from centralised to distributed energy resources.

Canberra to host distributed energy test lab, to fast-track a smarter grid

Canberra to host distributed energy test lab, to fast-track a smarter grid

ITP Renewables in conjunction with the Australian National University (ANU), UNSW Canberra, Evoenergy and the ACT government have announced the construction of a new lab to facilitate rapid prototyping and testing of different combinations of new control, monitoring and communication systems for use with distributed energy and storage solutions, at the ANU’s Acton campus in Canberra.

Tesla releases video of Model 3 arrival Down Under and calls itself a kangaroo

Tesla releases video of Model 3 arrival Down Under and calls itself a kangaroo

Tesla actually commenced deliveries last Tuesday, as reported by The Driven, however the post on Twitter is a clear signal to the rest of the developed world – where the shift to electric mobility is well under way – that Australia is slowly but surely beginning the long road to catch up.

One Stop Warehouse is bringing exclusive solar technologies to Australia

One Stop Warehouse is bringing exclusive solar technologies to Australia

Australia’s largest solar distributor, One Stop Warehouse (OSW) has signed exclusive agreements with ALEO Solar, Risen Energy and Tongwei Solar (TW Solar) to supply new products into the Australian PV markets.

5B plans solar “speed record” for 10GW plant in north Australia

5B plans solar “speed record” for 10GW plant in north Australia

Sydney-based 5B said on Thursday that it had been selected by Sun Cable as the preferred technology partner for its ground-breaking Australia-Singapore Power Link project – a $20 billion, 10GW solar farm and a 20-30GW hour storage facility near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia.

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

One year on, how good is Morrison’s climate and energy denial?

(Actually Victoria’s targets are for 2025 and 2030, right now it is struggling just to meet its share of the federal target, and South Australia’s grid is already more than 50% wind and solar and looking pretty solid, with the state Liberal government now aiming for “net 100%).Taylor said Hazelwood closed down because it couldn’t cope with the rate of growth of “intermittent” (a phrase he used a lot) renewables.

Windlab disputes AEMO 2-year delay for Kennedy wind-solar-storage hub

Windlab disputes AEMO 2-year delay for Kennedy wind-solar-storage hub

On Thursday, in a note to its Electricity Statement of Opportunities, the Australian Energy Market Operator said the anticipated commissioning of the Kennedy energy hub had been delayed by nearly two years from August, 2019, to July, 2021.This was news to Windlab, which still expects the already delayed project to be in full commercial operation by the end of this year.

Slavko Planinic appointed Country Managing Director and Head of Industrial Automation for ABB in Australia

Slavko Planinic appointed Country Managing Director and Head of Industrial Automation for ABB in Australia

His oversight and involvement in key market segments and account management programs will see ABB well positioned to seize growth opportunities as companies look to improve their productivity and competitiveness through automation and digitalisation.

Climate policy vacuum boosting investor focus on low-carbon assets

Climate policy vacuum boosting investor focus on low-carbon assets

The report, based on a survey of institutional Australia and New Zealand investors managing more than $1.3 trillion in assets, found between 50-80 per cent were undertaking or actively considering low carbon investment across most asset classes.

The wheels turn as consumer interest in electric vehicles doubles

The wheels turn as consumer interest in electric vehicles doubles

As the electric vehicle (EV) market overseas barrels along despite overall drops in auto sales, Australia has been left behind – but new data showing consumer interest in EVs in Australia has doubled, marking a turnaround moment for the local market and the battle to reduce transport-related emissions.

Schwarzenegger-backed start-up helps Australia wind farms duck negative prices

Schwarzenegger-backed start-up helps Australia wind farms duck negative prices

A California start-up backed by former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has launched what it says is the first energy trading software backed by artificial intelligence in the world, and it is helping local wind and solar farms dodge negative prices and will deliver a significant lift in revenue for battery storage.

Federal government needs to stop the magical gas merry go round

Federal government needs to stop the magical gas merry go round

Importing high cost liquefied gas when Australia is the world’s leading exporter is paying for a merry ground we don’t need.Australian energy consumers know gas sets the high prices for electricity in the national electricity markets.Australia doesn’t need any import terminals to supply gas.

Ageing coal plants put Australia on map of global air pollution hotspots

Ageing coal plants put Australia on map of global air pollution hotspots

A new report from Greenpeace, based on NASA satellite data, tracks the world’s biggest sources of human caused sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions – one of the biggest contributors to death and disease from air pollution in the world.

The other road toll we can no longer ignore

The other road toll we can no longer ignore

Doctors for the Environment Australia, the Royal Australian College of Physicians and other health organisations along with Environmental Justice Australia have recently issued a joint position statement calling for stronger national air pollution standards, while the Electric Vehicle Council, and Asthma Australia, are calling for improved air quality and vehicle emission standards.

Australia’s emissions challenge: Decarbonising electricity is not enough

Australia’s emissions challenge: Decarbonising electricity is not enough

Energetics’ forecast of business-as-usual emissions is presented in Table 1and plotted in Figure 1.What we see is that Australia falls well short of the target to reach 26% to 28% reductions by 2030 and is tracking in the wrong direction to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

UK utility with focus on EVs and storage seeks to disrupt Australia market

UK utility with focus on EVs and storage seeks to disrupt Australia market

The company has made its name from its focus on EV technology, smart meters and solar and batteries, and earlier this week revealed it was in talks to buy the energy retail business of SSE, the second biggest utility in the UK.