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2019 News articles relating to the energy and telecommunications industries

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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Basslink outage adds to strain on Victorian supply

A failure of the Basslink power cable that links Tasmania to the mainland power grid is likely to last until mid-October, increasing pressure on security of electricity supply in Victoria in the run-up to summer just as two major generating units are also out of action.

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Solar-induced negative power prices offset by spikes

The increasing regularity with which wholesale power prices are sinking below $0 during sunny and windy days is being more than cancelled out by more frequent high prices, defying expectations of a softening in levels overall.

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Finally, Australia is about to have a plan to de-carbonise the grid

It was an odd thing for the two national newspapers to focus on. Both The Australian and The Australian Financial Review decided that the most important thing to come out of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s scenario planning for the future grid released on Friday was the assumed absence of a carbon price.

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Senex ramps up gas spend as it turns to profit

Emerging east coast gas producer Senex Energy has flagged a significant increase in investment this coming year to lift supplies for the tight east coast market, laying the foundations for what it expects to be a major jump in output over the next two years.

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Make nuclear power free, Barnaby Joyce says

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says free nuclear power could be offered to residents living close to a reactor to help build support for the controversial technology, as an analysis pinpoints which Australian towns are best placed to host a nuclear plant.

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Gas reset ‘could cut bills by $270’

Government intervention in the east coast’s gas sector through a reservation policy could slash $270 from annual household power bills, under modelling sent to the Coalition by the Centre Alliance as part of a major energy reform package.

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NSW facing power uncertainty

NSW faces “huge challenges” dealing with the exit of AGL Energy’s Liddell coal station in 2022 and remains open to new coal plants and more gas facilities in the next decade to balance the transition to renewable energy.

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Super industry gets behind nuclear power

Australia’s union-backed superannuation industry has made the case for nuclear energy and ¬demolished repeated claims wind and solar are the cheapest long-term option for reliable power.

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AGL to tweak Bayswater output

Power giant AGL Energy will consider tweaking output from its NSW Bayswater coal plant during the day as cheaper solar and wind challenges the long-term role of fossil fuels in the grid.

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Alinta in step with ACCC on gouging-Perry Williams

Australia’s fourth-largest electricity retailer, Alinta Energy, has revived a call by the competition regulator for NSW, Queensland and Tasmanian network companies to write down the value of their poles and wires businesses while also warning of an industry-wide squeeze on retail margins.

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Vocus will make AGL a ‘better energy company’

AGL chief executive Brett Redman says he is not trying to turn the power generator and retailer into an infrastructure company, but rather a "better energy company", through the acquisition of Vocus Group's fibre optic network.

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