Daily update: How Tesla could pull more consumers off the grid

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Daily update: How Tesla could pull more consumers off the grid

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Renew Economy editor@reneweconomy.com.au via mail17.atl111.rsgsv.net

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How Tesla could pull more consumers off the grid; Areva exits solar & mothballs Aust-made CSP technology; Fixed charges on solar may cause ‘tipping point’ for grid defection; Network says write-downs would cost consumers more; Networks must deliver better outcomes for consumers; China sets new target for 2014, focus on distributed solar; UQ, First Solar start solar plus storage pilot; Christopher Booker’s curiously distorted views on wind power; What does a real 20% renewables market share like look like?; and Sodium-b batteries could transform wind and solar into baseload generators.
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Investment bank Morgan Stanley says the utility industry is still underestimating the potential of EV maker Tesla to achieve a dramatic reduction in battery storage costs, luring more and more consumers to go “off-grid.” It says households could be prepared to do this for an IRR of not much more than zero.
Areva exits concentrated solar power, mothballs CLFR technology developed in Australia – creates uncertainty for $100m Kogan Creek solar boost project.
Could adding fixed grid charges to the bills of solar customers encourage more people to ditch their utility?
Network lobby says write downs of power network assets could cost Australians more – suggesting that high network costs are here to stay.
AER chief says we on cusp of fundamental shift in way electricity is produced and consumed. Networks must support two-way trade in electricity services.
China stirs global solar market by flagging 13GW as its new installation target for 2014, to be achieved through supporting distributed PV projects.
University of Queensland, First Solar begin construction of facility with 3.275MW of solar PV and 1MWh of battery storage to test range of technologies and scenarios.
Climate sceptic Christopher Booker has launched his latest attack on wind power, but the picture he presents of the technology is curiously distorted.
Modelling by ACIL Allen for the RET Review Panel has estimated the Mandatory RET, to achieve a 20 per cent renewables market share by 2020 to be 25,500 GWh.
Sodium-β batteries are widely perceived to be the key to advanced energy storage for utility scale wind and solar energy power.

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