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Building Solar Thermal in Port Augusta Shines Light on Australia’s Big Renewable Opportunity: Solar Citizens

Premier Jay Weatherill and the South Australian Government’s sensible decision to back building the one of the world’s biggest solar thermal plants with storage in Port Augusta shines a light on Australia’s opportunity to make an orderly transition to 100% renewable energy, according to Solar Citizens.

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Energy economics think tank at the NT fracking inquiry: economic stupidity

Bruce Robertson, IEEFA Gas/LNG Australasia analyst will be giving evidence at the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the NT which starts today.

“The development of an onshore gas industry in the Northern Territory is economic stupidity in the face of a deepening global gas glut,” said Mr Robertson.

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Another privately owned pipeline will fuel the ‘East Coast gas price crisis’: IEEFA

Responding to the construction of a new 622 km-long Northern Gas Pipeline owned by private business Jemena, Bruce Robertson, Gas/LNG Australasia analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said:

“Another privately owned pipeline in Australia will only fuel the gas price crisis, not lesson it as the majority of such pipelines are not subject to any pricing regulation and are hideously profitable.

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East coast gas problem: a cartel of producers controlling the market and gouging consumers

Commenting on the increase in electricity prices by up to 20% on July 1, Bruce Robertson, Gas/LNG Australasia analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said: “Australians need answers for why gas prices have fallen globally in recent years while here they have risen to levels above the north Asian market, the most expensive market for gas.

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Yet another solar policy step with no plan, and little thought

16 June 2017: Planned moves by the Queensland Government on solar, battery storage and feed-in tariffs (FiT) will limit battery uptake and yet again tamper with the growth of this vital industry,according to Solar Citizens.

The proposal indicates an intention to restrict solar owners who are part of the Solar Bonus Scheme from installing batteries. If solar owners do choose to install a battery they will lose their premium feed-in tariff.

“This move puts solar owners between a rock and a hard place if they want to add storage to their solar system,” said Shani Tager, Senior Solar Campaigner, Solar Citizens.

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