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The Warren Centre’s expert panel at the first Great Debate on May 24th at the University of Sydney declared that smart systems coordinating renewable energy and storage technologies will solve Australia’s energy supply problems. “Advances in demand management technology are accelerating the death of coal as...

The Industrial Revolution, backed by coal, revolutionised the world, and its epicentre was the UK. Examining the transformation of the UK power industry clearly shows how times have changed. Last week the UK, for the first time in its history, went 55 hours straight without...

At the One Planet Summit this week, French President Emmanuel Macron posed with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to capture a critical moment in global energy history. The World Bank announced it will discontinue financing petroleum exploration and extraction from 2019, becoming the first multilateral...

Citing Oxford’s Bent Flyvbjerg and a host of capital investments to make the argument, National Geographic reports that mega projects including coal-fired power plants and large mining operations are blowing out budgets and schedules at remarkable rates. With higher financial uncertainty and greater risk of public...

In a slew of announcements and findings this week, the reality is clear.  Renewables are “in”. The UK government reports that only 2% of the nation’s energy in the first half 2017 was powered by coal and the month of October 2017 was the first month...

Following advice of the Energy Security Board and dodging the final recommendation of Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, the Coalition Government is acting to implement a National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The NEG would require energy retailers to guarantee reliability by using ‘dispatchable’ sources of power that...

Jennifer Hewett of AFR described this week’s energy developments as a “major political drama”. In an “Electricity Statement of Opportunities” issued on Tuesday, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) stated clear concerns that peak electricity supply in the 2017-2018 summer could be unreliable and that additional peaking...

Chinese renewables are on the march, as the National Bureau of Statistics has announced a third consecutive reduction in coal thermal power generation, by 4.7% year-on-year. The country has also successfully reduced domestic coal production and increased renewable electricity generation. In carbon emissions, it’s still China First,...

The ATSE NSW Division, supported by The Warren Centre, will hold a one-day symposium in Sydney on the future of electricity generation and in particular, the transition away from coal in a carbon constrained environment and in a market subject to increasingly disruptive change. The event will...

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