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Energy Insiders - a RenewEconomy Podcast

Join RenewEconomy founder and editor Giles Parkinson and columnist and energy markets expert David Leitch as they discuss the week's main events - politics, solar and storage.

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Why Tasmania wants to be battery of the nation

Hydro Tasmania CEO Stephen Davy on plans to become the “battery of the nation”, and to help out Victoria when its brown coal generators stop production.


3 Dec 2019

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How wind, solar and storage will beat coal

Windlab explains why world-first wind plus solar plus storage facility in Queensland will beat coal, and why NEG is so disappointing to industry.


27 Oct 2017

Rank #2

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Smart Energy and the first year of the Tesla big battery

An interview with Neoen on the performance of the Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in its first year, and Australia’s $20 billion wind and solar boom.


11 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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World’s biggest solar farm, and biggest battery

In a week of “world’s biggest projects”, billionaires Mike Cannon Brookes and Twiggy Forrest back huge project in Northern Territory, while Tesla big battery in South Australia gets an upgrade.


22 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Lily D’Ambrosio and the big solar deal

Victoria energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio talks about the state’s big rooftop solar initiative; David Leitch accuses Rod Sims of stepping over the line; and why price caps could cause bills to rise.


20 Aug 2018

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CEFC on NEG, battery storage and returns

CEFC boss Ian Learmonth joins Energy Insiders to discuss the NEG, the new Lincoln Gap wind farm with battery storage, and what’s next for the CEFC’s growing portfolio.


13 Nov 2017

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The future of EVs

What future do EVs have in Australia? We talk to independent Senator Tim Storer, who is to chair Australia’s first parliamentary inquiry into the technology.


3 Jul 2018

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Blockchain for energy: Good or bad?

In Victoria 200 dairy farms are being invited to join a “virtual” mini grid powered by blockchain technology and their own solar and storage. But what is blockchain? And what are the benefits?


1 May 2018

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How Texas managed influx of renewables

Warren Lasher, head of system planning at the ERCOT grid in Texas, joins Energy Insiders to explain how that state is managing the huge influx of renewables - and a final wrap for the year.


16 Dec 2018

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ERM Power CEO Jon Stretch

ERM Power CEO Jon Stretch on the NEG, "solar firming" contracts, his LGC strategy and the shift to renewables.


14 May 2018

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How to design a market for high renewables grid

Australia needs a new market design to cater for shift to high share of renewables. Energy Transition’s Eric Gimon has some suggestions for a market dominated by wind and solar.


27 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Origin’s Greg Jarvis on why renewables are cheaper than coal

Origin’s Greg Jarvis on why renewables are cheaper than coal, why baseload is thing of the past, and why its looking at storage instead.


2 Oct 2018

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Two paths towards 100% renewables

Windlab’s David Osmond looks ate transmission and storage needs for high renewables grid, while ANU’s Bjorn Sturmberg focuses on battery technology.


6 Mar 2020

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Battery storage subsidies and SA energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan

SA energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan talks about his visit to Angus Taylor, and the South Australia subsidies for battery storage. And we take a look at Victoria’s renewable auction results and the discovery of a new power source in Canberra.


11 Sep 2018

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Debunking anti-renewable myths and "fair dinkum" power

Simon Holmes à Court from the Energy Transition Hub spends much of his time challenging anti-renewable myths, and those who spread them - including energy minister Angus Taylor.


25 Sep 2018

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Dispatchable solar: Just add water

Genex executive director Simon Kidston on the world-leading solar and pumped hydro storage plant planned for an old gold mine in north Queensland, and the changing face of generation.


4 Jun 2018

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CEC on the spot over NEG

Kane Thornton on the CEC’s qualified support for the NEG, and the new connection hurdles threatening major wind and solar projects in Victoria, Queensland and NSW.


30 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Ivor Frischknecht and the transition to 100% renewables

Former ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht joins Energy Insiders to provide some fascinating insights into the politics of energy, and the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.


20 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Game of Tone’s - Winter is Coming

The remarkable predictions of the Energy Security Board - death to wind, solar and big batteries. Plus, fear and loathing at CEC Summit and an interview with Vestas CEO Peter Cowling.


6 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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EVs, transport emissions and the overwhelming case for renewables

Interview with Greg Bourne on Climate Council’s report on transport emissions, and Deloitte’s John O’Brien on the overwhelming case for renewables.


17 Sep 2018

Rank #20