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Australian news, and some related international items

Another mini-grid breakthrough for AusNet in suburban Melbourne trial — RenewEconomy

Victorian network operator AusNet Services has again succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne street completely off grid – this time for a total of 9 hours, powered only by home solar and battery storage systems.

via Another mini-grid breakthrough for AusNet in suburban Melbourne trial — RenewEconomy

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Victoria regulator proposes 29c/kWh solar export tariff in peak period — RenewEconomy

Victoria regulator proposes 29c/kWh “peak” tariff for solar exports between 3pm and 8pm – a move that is likely to increase the business case for household battery storage.

via Victoria regulator proposes 29c/kWh solar export tariff in peak period — RenewEconomy

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Time to unlock solar and storage for everyone in NSW — RenewEconomy

The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer released the final report from the Energy Security Taskforce including the recommendation that the Government establish a work program focused on addressing the barriers to the uptake of solar.

via Time to unlock solar and storage for everyone in NSW — RenewEconomy

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ARENA says renewables could be Australia’s next great export — RenewEconomy

ARENA launches $20m funding round for hydrogen, both for renewable energy exports and for domestic “power-to-gas” storage.

via ARENA says renewables could be Australia’s next great export — RenewEconomy

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Fukushima radioactive contamination: Children nosebleed while asleep and also in daytime, especially after playing in the sand!

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Soil contamination survey: 80% of schools have amazing figures!!
The government and Fukushima prefecture do not measure the soil contamination, and lifted the evacuation order one after another, as “external radiation dose has come down to less than 20 mSv/year.” Besides that, Fukushima prefecture closed off in March 2017 the free housing support for voluntary evacuees. “Voluntary evacuees” are evacuees who are evacuating from areas outside the evacuation order zone. The exact number is not grasped and it is estimated to be about 17 thousand people.
For voluntary evacuees, there is no mental reparation from TEPCO, which is paid to forced refugees, 100,000 yen (~1000 $) per month, so only the free provision of housing is a lifeline. Many people will not be able to continue the evacuation life if this is cut off.
Sakamoto says, “The prefecture officials repeatedly said at the briefing session for borrowed housing termination,” We…

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Dynamics of Nuclear Power Policy in the Post-Fukushima Era: Interest Structure and Politicisation in Japan, Taiwan and Korea

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Abstract
This article compares the different trajectories of nuclear power policy in Japan, Taiwan and Korea in the post-Fukushima era. The Fukushima nuclear accident ratcheted up the level of contention between civil activism and supporters of nuclear power in all three states. The result of this contention has been decided by the combined effects of two factors – interest structure (complexity vs simplicity) and politicisation (national level vs local level). In terms of scope, policy change has taken place in Taiwan, Japan and Korea in that order. This analysis contributes to a balanced understanding of both structural constraints and the political process in which each actor, and in particular civil activism, is able to manoeuvre.
 
Introduction
In the wake of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “atoms for peace” speech at the United Nations General Assembly in December 1953, the United States signed bilateral atomic energy cooperation agreements with its allies, including Japan…

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Turnbull’s big climate fail, and no positive change in policy — RenewEconomy

Turnbull government review declares its climate policy a success. New data, however, tells a different story.

via Turnbull’s big climate fail, and no positive change in policy — RenewEconomy

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NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of “system black” — RenewEconomy

NSW grid at risk of blackout from soaring temperatures – despite, and possibly because of, the state relies on coal generation more than any other grid in the world.

via NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of “system black” — RenewEconomy

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The further unravelling of Adani’s Carmichael coal project — RenewEconomy

Another indication, amongst many, of the global transition away from coal.

via The further unravelling of Adani’s Carmichael coal project — RenewEconomy

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Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips — RenewEconomy

Tesla big battery steps in after big Loy Yang coal unit trips, and arrests and reverses a dramatic fall in frequency – before the contracted coal unit had time to respond.

via Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips — RenewEconomy

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AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load — RenewEconomy

AEMO launches plan for future grid, assuming emission cuts by 2030 twice that contemplated by Australia government, and a network that will be dominated by wind, solar, storage and new transmission. And there is not a single mention of “base-load”.

via AEMO plans for future (clean) grid, with no mention of base-load — RenewEconomy

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Record Renewables Growth in 2017 as New Global Solar + Wind Installations are Projected to Hit Near 175 GW 

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Last year, global growth in new solar energy installations hit a new record of 56 gigawatts (GW) in a single year. This year, growth could nearly double to 108 GW installed according to recent reports from IHS. Meanwhile wind appears on track to add another 68 GW of clean power generation. In other words, the age of the renewable energy revolution is in the process of overtaking us. None too soon considering the fact that we are now facing serious ramping harms due to fossil fuel burning and related human-forced climate change.

Rocketing Global Growth For Solar Despite Trump/Republican Efforts to Throw a Wet Blanket on a Key Industry

Such amazing growth comes on the back of rapidly ramping solar markets in China, India and around the world. A ramp that’s happening despite anti-solar policy by the Trump Administration feeding a trade case that has injected uncertainty and…

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