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Daily update: Why rooftop solar makes networks such a hard sell


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1:21 PM (1 hour ago)

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NSW report delivers sobering news for Australian networks. Plus:will EVs save utilities, or destroy them?; how the electricity industry is trying to stop solar – part II; VEET scheme off the chopping block; the truth about Queensland coal and the economy; why dissing coal divestment won’t do any good; EU renewables headed for grid parity by 2018; renewables win top share of German energy mix; and solar project costs at 6.5c/kWh in US state of Georgia.
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RenewEconomy Daily News
The Parkinson Report
New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.
For utilities, electric vehicle uptake could boost electricity demand and balance a changing grid. On the flip-side, it could help drive households off grid.
Part Two – and another 10 examples – of how electricity industry is trying to slow deployment of rooftop solar.
Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme given stay of execution, as Napthine govt backs away from plans to cut it short and scrap it.
Despite fossil fuel spin about coal’s economic importance, report finds more Queenslanders work in Arts and Recreation than in the coal industry.
Companies critical of fossil fuel divestment should take responsibility for better valuing and reporting their environmental and social impacts.
New European analysis finds solar and wind could achieve grid parity in Turkey by 2018; solar in Spain by 2021, Portugal by 2022 and Italy by 2025.
Non-hydro renewables increased electricity output by 8.6 TWh over first 9 months of 2014, making them Germany’s number one power source for the first time.
The average utility-scale solar bid for power-purchase agreements for a solr project in the US state of Georgia averaged at 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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