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Off grid vs network-connected: A Queensland community divided

A Daintree Rainforest community's decades long campaign to get network supplied power has caught the attention of the federal energy minister and ARENA. But not all of the community's residents are on board with the idea, and say off-grid living is the way to go.

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WA power utility to lead big switch to local generation

WA power utility Horizon is leading a big switch from centralised fossil fuel generation to local generation. The economics of past supply models are no longer competitive with current and future technology choices.

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Bill Watch: High fixed network charges hit low energy consumers

Low energy users hit by soaring network costs, with one retiree charged 24c/kWh for grid access. Another sign of networks gouging consumers with advent of battery storage.

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Synergy proposes ‘sun tax’ on WA solar households

A proposal by Western Australia’s state-owned electricity provider, Synergy, to effectively double the charge to connect the state’s more than 191,000 solar households to the grid has been slammed as unfair and counter-productive.

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Network charges may penalise uptake of battery storage, as well as PV

Australian networks are also penalising solar households, now it looks like they will do the same with those that add battery storage. The trend among some electricity networks to penalise or discourage the uptake of rooftop solar by imposing fixed tariffs or additional fees is now extending to battery storage, with one network accused of […]

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