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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:03 Source

Feed-in tariffs are simplest and best known mechanism to support rooftop solar, but are there other ways to value distributed generation?

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♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:19 Source

In case you did not suspect that Malcolm Turnbull’s explosion of piss and wind on Section 18C yesterday was entirely self-serving, this morning on Radio National Breakfast news, Liberal Senator James Paterson confirmed that the exercise was part of a suite of measures designed to win back votes from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. Oh look!…

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Your Democracy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:01 Source
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The Political Sword Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:45 Source

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our close colleague and dear friend, Ken Wolff. His last published article at The Political Sword was What to watch for in 2017: his sudden death was not what we anticipated.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 08:47 Source

We need to respond to Australia’s electricity crisis with a comprehensive National Electricity Plan argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook A proposal for a National Electricity Plan

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 05:59 Source

Wednesday 22  March 2017 “Coalition support rises by three points in Newspoll but Labor holds lead” read the headline in Monday’s The Australian. 1 Yes, the Coalition was on 48% of the two-party-preferred vote with Labor’s on 52%. This cannot be right I thought to myself. Did around 3 million people change their minds in…

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 00:16 Source

“Santos now argues that its aim in CLNG was always as much about raising the domestic gas price, and therefore re-rating large parts of the portfolio outside of GLNG, as it was about the project…….What is more, with a ~0.8% drag on Australian GDP from every $2/GJ rise in the domestic gas price, this view certainly wouldn’t have been terribly popular with politicians who approved the project.” [Credit Suisse, Asia Pacific/Australia Equity Research: Santos, 11 March 2014]The reality for Australian householders is that on on average 

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Image from Limited has been awarded at least $324 million in Dept.

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Club Troppo Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 21:33 Source

This evening I received a highly significant email. It’s from National Archives with which I’m doing some minor business. I have no idea what it means, but I figure it could be of considerable use to someone. If that person is you, I commend it to you. It’s certainly a relief to be protected from potential evildoers with such relentless focus and determination. Please do not comment on this thread or your computer may blow up – well it probably won’t but you will not be able to benefit from Troppo’s standard insurance for exploding laptops – for reasons that I hope are obvious:

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 21:19 Source

The Essential Research fortnight rolling average result departs firmly from the Newspoll script in recording a two-point jump to Labor, who now lead the two-party preferred by 55-45. On the primary vote, the Coalition drops one to 34%, Labor is up one to 37%, One Nation is down one to 10% and the Greens are steady on 9%. Also from this survey:

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Politically homeless Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 20:14 Source

The press gallery seems agreed that there were no implications for the Federal Government in the recent WA election, at which Labor won an overwhelming majority. I disagree. In Warner Bros’ much-loved Road Runner cartoons, there is a trope where Wile E. Coyote runs off a cliff and, for a little while, continues moving forward. He stops. He looks down, and suddenly realises that he’s no longer supported. Only then does he begin plunging toward the floor of the canyon.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 17:48 Source

Early this week, we had Peter Dutton making his run for the leader’s job with his very effective slap-down of those business leaders who dared to express an opinion on marriage equality. Go for it, Peter, I say. I mean, what right to business leaders have to giving the government advice on something like same…

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Your Democracy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 16:56 Source


This planet was degraded by the Intergalactic Council from a natural beauty to a humanoid dump long ago. The problem started a few thousands of years ago when some idiots believed that they had committed a silly crime. The legends goes that there were only two stupid people, the name of whom were Eve and Adam who should have known better. 


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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:55 Source

Musk says no “Beta” version of the Tesla Model 3, and Tesla to begin driving early release candidate within week or two.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Adelaide Airport's solar powered, autonomous shuttle bus service one of seven successful applicants to SA Future Mobility Lab Fund.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:30 Source

Singapore's Nexif Energy picks up more than 300MW of Australian wind power assets, including late-stage developments Lincoln Gap and Glen Innes.

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:28 Source

I haven't slept for 28 hours. It wasn't planned; it just happened.I'm sitting on the brown couch in black sleepwear with the black cat nestled between my legs. When I look down all I see is yellow eyes, floating in black, staring up at me. I think it knows something.I slept fine previously, and I had the right pills at the right time, so it's weird to have missed a night's sleep for no real reason.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:26 Source

Our weekly radio show on 3CR, 5.30-6pm is now repeated Mondays 8am. The show has some big names lined up over the next few weeks – can you guess who by the flavour of recent episodes? Remember you can listen five ways: Sign up to mixcloud to have the show delivered to your inbox Automatically […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:18 Source

Energy storage lies at the heart of grid digitisation and is part of a larger trend of technologies that is disrupting South Australia’s network for the better.

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Club Troppo Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:26 Source

Here’s a list of buzzwords. I want to make a quick point. Note that there are very few ugly neologisms there – or even expressions that don’t have clear meanings. Most of the expressions have very clear meanings. Indeed, some of them are quite compelling That’s their point. The problem is different. Unfortunately, a lot of people think complaining about this stuff is the same as complaining about punctuation or grammar or that kind of stuff. I think the real problem is very different.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:23 Source

Solar is playing an increasingly vital role in the world's decarbonisation, and with wind energy will provide 80 per cent of global electricity needs by 2060.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:33 Source

Tesla says Australian energy market rules stacked in favour of incumbent fossil fuel technologies, need to be changed for battery storage to fulfil potential.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:33 Source

Tesla says Australian energy market rules stacked in favour of incumbent fossil fuel technologies, need to be changed for battery storage to fulfil potential.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:17 Source

Japanese thermal power generation could decline to 40% below 2015 levels by 2030 as government turns to renewables and energy efficiency.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:15 Source

If Woodside classifies climate change as a material, financial risk, then why doesn’t every other energy company?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:12 Source

Just 17 new projects have been registered since the last auction, down from 28, ahead of the fourth auction of the Coalition's emissions reduction fund.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:22 Source

How a change in electricity market rules could support rooftop solar owners and encourage a more cost effective electricity system.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:09 Source

Former Hazelwood boss says solar and battery storage already beats baseload gas on price, and says decisions to scrap carbon price and renewable energy target may have killed any new investment in fossil fuel generation.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 09:55 Source

From Blunty:

I've never jumped into a crocodile-infested river to impress a girl called Sophie, but I did once drunkenly fall on and eat a huntsman spider to impress a girl whose name I've long since forgotten. I think she's a doctor now.

But unlike the rest of you judgmental wallopers, I do not judge half-eaten north Queensland idiot, Lee De Paauw.

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