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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30 Source

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30 Source

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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Peter Martin Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:24 Source

In the past 12 months, 82,800 Australians have moved to Victoria from interstate, around 500 carloads a week.

At the same time, 65,600 Victorians have left.

The gap - a net influx of 17,200 - is an all-time record. Victoria's population is being swelled by more migrants from interstate than ever before, and by far more than any other state, even Queensland, which used to be the go-to state for the rest of nation.

Perhaps as a result, or perhaps as a driver, employment in Victoria has surged by 97,300 in the past year, accounting for almost all of the nationwide employment growth of 104,600.

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xkcd.com Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:00 Source

There's a compromise bill to keep the notification bar but at least charge the battery.

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En Passant Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:46 Source


Slightly corrected version of the gloating NewsCorpse broadsheet (Image via @TheFinnigans)

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class, I write in Independent Australia

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Friday 24 March 2017 Author’s note. Today I give up my daily article to a long-time friend Max Odgen. We played football together and share a love for cool Jazz. We have kept in touch over some 50 years. Max is well-known on the left of Australian politics, particularly in the Union movement as an activist.…

The post Day to Day Politic: What should progressives do? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Global Guerrillas Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:24 Source

Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

Last summer I wrote about how hacking the phone system could be used to automate terrorism.  That analysis is proving to be spot on.  Today, we learned that a 19 year old American-Israeli living in Israel, hacked satellites and phone equipment to make 120 fake bomb threats Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 24, 2017 - 00:15 Source

During this decade there have been three cases close to the hearts of the far right of the political spectrum in Australia.The first was Pat Eatock v Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd in the Federal Court of Australia, the second the Cynthia Prior complaint to the Human Rights Commission and, the third was the co

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 24, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Photograph by Janette AscheOn 15 March 2017 the longest navigable river in New Zealand, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui), was granted full rights as "an indivisible and living whole" (a living

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Under The Milky Way Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:16 Source

This is a description of my families cat: Swishy. She had green eyes, brown and white fur, cute, little, white paws and an innocent face expression.

One day when I was 18 months old, my sister was 2 years old and my brother was 5 years old, our family were playing a game of UNO. In the middle of my sister’s turn my dad heard a meowing sound and saw……….

A CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once everyone had seen the big suprize we started to think what to name this mysterious cat. We ended up calling her………… SWISHY!!!!!!

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John Quiggin Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 18:17 Source

Earlier today, I wrote to Josh Frydenberg, the Minister for Energy and Environment, resigning as a Member of the Climate Change Authority. Mine is the third recent resignation: Clive Hamilton resigned in February, and Danny Price a couple of days ago. There’s a story in the Guardian here. My resignation statement is over the fold.

Resignation from the Climate Change Authority: Statement by John Quiggin

I have written today to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP to submit my resignation as a Member of the Climate Change Authority.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 16:32 Source

Peter Martin, Australia’s clearest economic writer, has turned his icy gaze to Stamp Duty. This vile tax causes real harm to all of us and begs to be struck from the statute books. Yes, it is a state tax. Yes, the feds can push reform along and add $85.5 billion to the economy. “There’s no […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 15:32 Source

Australia’s wind farms could soon become “core providers” of crucial grid stability services, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:52 Source

Australian PV manufacturer Tindo Solar has a new owner, with plans to create nation's largest vertically integrated solar retailer.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:27 Source

Cohda Wireless today announces it has received two grants from the Government of South Australia, totaling $2 million, as part of the Future Mobility Lab Fund.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

New product will help Aussie businesses save thousands in electricity and other utility costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

Tony’s Abbott's war on renewables was meant to reduce electricity prices. But it has done the opposite—and a lot more.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:23 Source

Tony’s Abbott's war on renewables was meant to reduce electricity prices. But it has done the opposite—and a lot more.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:20 Source

As noted I like to feed our chickens Pringles; they like them and I like how they like them.I tried to frisbee throw a Pringle to near the scruff, for her feathers cloud her eyes making it difficult to see Pringles further away, but my lame throw, wind and the design of the Pringle all led to the Pringle getting stuck in a tree.It would likely come down from the wind in a short time but I wouldn't have had the enjoyment of seeing them go for it. So I got a rake and knocked the Pringle from the tree.I am pretty sure that is a life first—I

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:19 Source

Victoria regulator says there is obviously network value in rooftop solar, but it says it is difficult to work out how much without a grid services market.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:19 Source

Victoria regulator says there is obviously network value in rooftop solar, but it says it is difficult to work out how much without a grid services market.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:07 Source

The Palaszczuk Government will consult with the energy industry to develop innovative ways to reduce state school energy costs using solar and energy efficiency measures.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:53 Source

South Australia looking for only one hour of battery storage, in decision that may rule out some battery storage technologies.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Nearly every Australian will pay some part of the cost of the Abbott Government’s decision to effectively stop investment in generation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Nearly every Australian will pay some part of the cost of the Abbott Government’s decision to effectively stop investment in generation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Regulators back-track on proposed rules that could have effectively banned the installation of all battery storage devices inside homes and garages.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:26 Source

The demise of Urth Energy has raised some interesting questions about the value of spot pricing for solar households, and on the issue of tariffs in general.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:11 Source

Electricity network owner attacks major energy retailers over reliability of their gas plants, the manipulation of prices and high retail fees. It says it wants rapid transition to renewables, but incumbents and market rules getting in the way.

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