Daily update: The madness of WA’s multi-billion fossil fuel energy disaster

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Daily update: The madness of WA’s multi-billion fossil fuel energy disaster

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Renew Economy editor@reneweconomy.com.au via mail4.atl111.rsgsv.net

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The madness of WA’s multi-billion fossil fuel disaster; Economics of residential battery storage in Australia; US charts record growth for solar carports; WA wave technology bought up by uranium mining group; Wind energy runs at near 50% capacity in Aus in July; Mixed Greens; Brazil auctions 26GW of wind, solar power, and Cali takes first step toward creating grid of the future.
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The Parkinson Report
WA concede its electricity market is unsustainable. Its wholesale prices are double the rest of Australia, $1 billion has been spent on un-needed fossil fuel generators, and subsidies are costing taxpayers $600m a year. A 55-page discussion paper looking at how the market can be reformed does not even mention the word solar. Instead, it canvasses importing coal from Indonesia.
Australian-made battery storage could be competitive in Australia – at peak times – if the number of cycles can be increased significantly.
Report says US solar carport market set to add 180MW in 2014 in 4th consecutive year of record growth, and could be worth $850m within two years.
Australian-designed wave energy converter set for commercial rebirth via deal with an ASX-listed uranium mining company.
Australia’s wind farms operated at capacity factor of nearly 50% in July – more than some coal generators, and double that of gas plants.
Maurice Newman’s global cooling op-ed; Qld govt approval of Galilee rail project dubbed ‘economic train wreck’; Enphase taps NZ solar market; Dyesol update.
Project developers in Brazil have offered to sell electricity from a total of 1,034 projects with a cumulative capacity of almost 26,300 MW.
California utilities and regulators embrace challenge of integrating solar and storage into the grid – and why it can’t wait.

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