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Rio smelters feeling the heat

The outlook for Rio Tinto’s Australian aluminium smelters remains uncertain, with Rio boss Jean-Sebastien Jacques identifying the smelters’ carbon footprint as an additional barrier to keeping them open.

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The Next Renewable Energy Source Could Be Rain

The quest for the next source of renewable energy is well under way, with no natural phenomenon overlooked. We have already harnessed the power of flowing water, wind, and sunlight, and the search for the next clean source of energy is far from over.

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Gas in reserve ‘key to cutting prices’

Australia’s big energy users are still paying high prices for domestic gas supplies, triggering ¬renewed calls from Centre ¬Alliance senator Rex Patrick for a reservation scheme to be rolled out on the east coast.

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Renewables save the day in interstate energy crisis

A key section of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been restored after the storm-affected interconnector between South Australia and Victoria was turned back on this week following the successful installation of temporary transmission towers.

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Record low demand for grid power strains system

Solar-rich South Australia has set a new record low for electricity demand from the grid but the renewables-dominated state still had the highest average prices in the December quarter as it struggled to meet soaring demand as summer weather took hold.

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Power bill threat as renewable energy spending plummets

Congestion woes in Australia’s power grid threaten to hike household electricity bills and derail the nation’s ability to achieve deeper cuts to carbon emissions following a collapse in renewable energy spending, Queensland government-owned investment giant QIC has warned.

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Cane for Matt Kean as MPs flag emissions change

Moderate Liberal MPs have flagged lifting the Coalition’s 2030 emissions reduction target to more than 30 per cent, as Scott Morrison lashed NSW minister Matt Kean over criticisms of his government’s climate policies.

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Australia’s climate plan earns no credit

At a time when the United Nations is warning that the world needs to do a lot more to avoid a dramatic rise in global temperatures, it is disappointing that Environment Minister Angus Taylor has travelled to crucial talks in Madrid to say Australia would like to do less.

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NSW goes its own way on energy security

The NSW government has broken away from other states and will set its own Energy Security Target to ensure there is enough reliable generation to avoid blackouts over summer.

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Basslink constraints add to summer grid woes

A directive given to the owner of the Basslink power cable that part of the line's capacity can only be used when wholesale power prices reach extreme levels has added to nervousness about security of supply and prices this summer.

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Origin extends contract for South Australian power generator

Origin Energy has renewed a contract with Engie Australia that will extend the operation of a South Australian gas plant by another four years in a move that should reduce risks to security of supply in the state that is increasingly dependent on renewable energy.

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Queensland’s CleanCo targets energy ‘duck curve’

The chief executive of Queensland's new state-owned renewable energy company CleanCo said its generation assets will help flatten out the so-called "duck curve" on the energy grid and deliver lower prices when it begins trading this week.

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Federal-state plan to keep the lights on in NSW

An upgrade of the Queensland-NSW Interconnector will be underwritten by Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a move to increase com¬petition between generators in the electricity market and drive down wholesale energy prices amid pressure from coal station closures.

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Taskforce assesses risks of AGL’s Liddell plans

Major east coast power users and the nation’s top regulators have been called to high-level meetings over the future of AGL Energy’s Liddell coal station as a joint federal and NSW government probe assesses risks to the electricity grid from its planned exit.

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