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  • AGL, ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid | Business Spectator
    BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu AGL ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid 6 Sep 2013 10 20 AM Climate Energy markets Green Deals Policy Politics Report says trio will be among shortlist to make initial bid for state power utility You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter AGL Energy ERM Power and China s Shenhua are among the companies given the green light to make a bid for the NSW government s power generation firm Macquarie Generation according to a Fairfax report While none of the companies nor the government has been able to confirm the approval the report says people familiar with the process say the three companies have made a shortlist to lodge first round bids The sale of Macquarie Generation which represents about a quarter of the state s power production is expected to fetch more than 1 billion MacGen is among three power generation firms the NSW

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  • AGL, ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid | Business Spectator
    Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu AGL ERM and China player firm for MacGen bid 6 Sep 2013 10 19 AM Climate Energy markets Green Deals Policy Politics Report says trio will be among shortlist to make initial bid for state power utility You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter AGL Energy ERM Power and China s Shenhua are among the companies given the green light to make a bid for the NSW government s power generation firm Macquarie Generation according to a Fairfax report While none of the companies nor the government has been able to confirm the approval the report says people familiar with the process say the three companies have made a shortlist to lodge first round bids The sale of Macquarie Generation which represents about a quarter of the state s power production is expected to fetch more than 1 billion The NSW government aims to raise 3 billion by selling three power generation firms and use the proceeds to build

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  • Geodynamics optimistic after writedown | Business Spectator
    Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Geodynamics optimistic after writedown 3 Sep 2013 4 26 PM Climate Green Deals Smart Energy Geothermal energy producer optimistic on power source despite 88m Cooper Basin impairment You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Geothermal energy producer Geodynamics has written off 88 8 million worth of its Cooper Basin assets citing a dwindling outlook for electricity demand But the group said that the recent operations improvements exhibited at its 1MW Habanero pilot plant near Innamincka which has drilled to a depth of 4 2km show that the future of geothermal is bright These results support our vision that EGS Enhanced Geothermal Systems sourced geothermal power will play a material role in Australia s long term energy economy as a reliable source of large scale continuous predictable and controllable energy the company said in a statement to the ASX But the flagship hot rocks energy producer said that developing the Cooper Basin resource will require significant capital investment for further exploration development and to extend transmission

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  • US car-share firm raises funding | Business Spectator
    Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu US car share firm raises funding 29 Aug 2013 7 43 AM Climate Green Deals Local Motion raises 6 million adds Steven Sinofsky to board You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters Car sharing startup Local Motion has raised US6 million 6 7 million led by Andreessen Horowitz and has added Steven Sinofsky to its board Mr Sinofksy is the former head of Microsoft s Windows business who announced last week that he had joined Andreessen Horowitz as a partner Local Motion is his first board partner role Mr Sinofsky said in a blog post that he was drawn to Local Motion because it is solving major problems of congestion pollution and resource consumption Making vehicles available when and where needed and keeping track of them is a surprisingly manual process today he said Not surprisingly as a result it s fraught with high costs and low efficiency Founders John Stanfield and Clement Gires had an idea for a better way to tackle the fleet problem The US is the largest market in the world for cars and trucks It is home to 250 million registered passenger vehicles and there are nearly 8 000 cars per 1 000 people Corporations university campuses and municipalities own around 10 million passenger cars for use by their employees but only 40 per cent of fleet cars are used at any given time Mr Stanfield and Mr Gires founded Local Motion with the goal of building a network that can manage these fleets more efficiently Local Motion helps organisations manage their fleets as efficiently as possible through intelligent sharing It manufactures a small piece of hardware that can be installed in any vehicle These modules transmit and collect data so users can see an available vehicle from their smartphone and hold it for immediate use Local Motion s technology analyses all this data to provide insight into how many cars need to be where at what time There is a tremendous amount of optimization to be made Mr Gires said in an interview After a couple of months we can help organizations remove 30 per cent of their fleets thanks to our sharing technology The value we are gathering from our data is extremely valuable Our obsession is to

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/8/29/climate/us-car-share-firm-raises-funding (2014-01-13)
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  • 100% renewables: The King Island example | Business Spectator
    power KIREIP supported by both Tasmanian and Australian government funding will use a mix of solar wind biodiesel storage and smart grid technologies to accomplish this goal Wind Power and the Roaring Forties In the 1600s sailors took advantage of the raging winds in the Southern Hemisphere between the latitudes of 40 and 50 degrees south to make record trade runs Nicknamed the Roaring Forties these winds blow directly across Tasmania and are bringing power to thousands of homes on the island through wind farms built on the coast of Tasmania In 1998 Hydro Tasmania installed three 250 kilowatt wind turbines at Huxley Hill on King Island In 2000 Hydro Tasmania added more wind turbines bringing the rated capacity of the wind farm to 2 45 megawatts with the aim of further reducing cost of electricity supply through savings in diesel fuel use Hydro Tasmania s latest wind project TasWind hopes to install 200 more wind turbines on King Island The proposed 2 billion wind farm will generate an estimated 2 400 gigawatt hours of electricity per year enough to power nearly a quarter of a million households Unlike the Huxley Hill wind farm which feeds into King Island s grid the TasWind project would export electricity to Victoria on mainland Australia Despite its potential benefits TasWind has not been all smooth sailing Strong opposition has come from some residents who believe the island s potential as a global tourism destination will be destroyed and think the project should be scrapped for a luxury golf course Proponents claim the wind farm would create around 500 direct and indirect jobs and millions of dollars of additional economic benefit for the island Even in light of vocal opposition 59 per cent of King Island voters recently approved TasWind to go ahead with a feasibility study for the project TasWind estimates the economic returns to King Island to be between 225 and 310 million over the life of the project Solar Hydro Tasmania has also installed six dual axis tracking PV arrays on King Island providing 100 kilowatts of solar power 200 megawatt hours per year to King Island s power station The solar array diversifies the renewable power sources so that when the wind isn t blowing King Island can still be generating energy from a renewable source It also serves as a demonstration of how a variety of renewable energy technologies operate in an integrated system Renewables Firming One of the most exciting projects in KIREIP is the installation of two diesel powered rotary uninterruptible power supply D UPS generators When there is enough wind energy to meet the entire customer demand the D UPS switches off all diesel generators Each D UPS unit has a large mass flywheel which uses excess wind energy rather than diesel power to maintain its motion Without the D UPS if the wind generation were to reduce quickly the diesel generators would not be able to switch back on fast enough resulting in a gap

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/9/renewable-energy/100-renewables-king-island-example (2014-01-13)
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  • Laurie Guevara-Stone | Business Spectator
    over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Laurie Guevara Stone What is the future of mobility America is starting to move away from the automobile with new business models emerging to take care of our transport needs by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 09am August 15 100 renewables The King Island example The array of clean energy trials conducted down in King Island are showing the potential for a 100 per cent renewables future by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 37am August 09 4 comments Is the end of EV range anxiety in sight There are nine ways automakers are working to curb range anxiety and they may not be too far from paying off by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 53am July 02 3 comments What is the future of mobility America is starting to move away from the automobile with new business models emerging to take care of our transport needs by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 09am August 15 100 renewables The King Island example The array of clean energy trials conducted down in King Island are showing the potential for a 100 per cent renewables future by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 37am August 09 4 comments Is the end of EV range

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  • GREEN DEALS: CBD gridlock | Business Spectator
    in the Merger Agreement will be satisfied the company terminated the merger agreement with CBD effective July 18 2013 The deal originally announced in the first half of 2012 was due to be consummated in the third quarter of that same year CBD Energy s problems go far beyond the Westinghouse deal however with the company s ASX listed shares currently in suspension as it looks to shore up a restructuring deal with creditors and financiers The latest update on this provided Monday was far from reassuring for investors CBD Energy Limited advises that negotiations with its financiers and major creditors in relation to a proposed restructuring of CBD are ongoing and is not in a position to provide any further update at this time the company said in a statement The company added that it hoped to have more details by the end of the month This meant its reaction to the cancelled merger was muted to say the least CBD advises that the merger agreement signed with Westinghouse Solar Inc has been cancelled CBD continues to proceed with its application for a NASDAQ listing and this process is not impacted by the cancellation of the Westinghouse Solar Inc merger agreement its full statement read Short not sweet AGL Solar Flagships Big news on AGL s Solar Flagships developments in New South Wales appears imminent with the company s CEO telling Climate Spectator that financial close is expected shortly We anticipate financial close on that project in the coming weeks so that project will go ahead and obviously there are funds available from ARENA and also from the New South Wales government for that project so that project will be going ahead AGL s Michael Fraser outlined Fraser also confirmed that a decision on the oft delayed Silverton wind farm will be on hold until there is clarity around the Renewable Energy Target The hope is that will be forthcoming in 2014 but in reality early 2015 may be more likely Then again it was thought there was certainty after the last RET Review but somehow that certainty lasted all of a week or two Geodynamics Geodynamics is hoping to have customers for its flagship South Australian geothermal site within the next year according to The Age Representatives from Beach Energy Santos and Chevron were all present at a site visit with energy minister Gary Gray this week and it was reported that talks with these three firms had already started We ve had initial discussions with the three energy companies and they are very open to acting as our foundation customers Geodynamics CEO Geoff Ward said according to The Age We think our resource is a pretty natural fit with their long term gas operations The news comes as the ASX listed group said the operation of its 1 MW Habenero trial plant had so far met or exceeded all planned operational parameters We are very pleased with the performance of the plant during the trial and in

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/7/26/green-deals/green-deals-cbd-gridlock (2014-01-13)
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  • GREEN DEALS: Sunshine State's solar statement | Business Spectator
    being planned by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council The around 10MW facility will meet half of its electricity needs for at least 30 years with construction slated to begin next year The Council will soon call for expressions of interest from companies to design and build the development which would be one of Australia s largest Mayor Mark Jamieson said the solar power project would deliver a multi million dollar saving for ratepayers If our market sounding exercises stack up we would be the first council to build a solar farm at utility scale in Australia and it will be potentially the largest in the nation Jamieson said This would save money reduce our carbon footprint and take the Sunshine Coast one step closer to becoming the most sustainable region in Australia Petratherm Geothermal company Petratherm is chasing riches in the shale oil gas sector applying for a Petroleum Exploration Licence in Tasmania While the company insists it remains focused on its flagship Paralana hot rocks project it is another show of retreat from geothermal in this country and perhaps leaves Geodynamics as the only serious company in the industry for a little while The good news is there has been strong progress at Geodynamics this year There have been problems with government programs and the geothermal challenge has been greater than first thought but the sheer number of companies who entered the ASX five or so years ago with little more than some prospective land reeked of opportunism With both sides of politics onside it appeared geothermal was set to take off and plenty of companies entered the marketplace cap in hand but we have very little to show for it five ten years on While Petratherm has shown more initiative than most excuse this writer s scepticism of the latest move from a geothermal company to a new hot energy source shale gas CBD Energy In the most recent Green Deals column we discussed the possibility of a potentially make or break funding announcement from CBD Energy Well we hold our breath a little longer as the company has now entered a trading suspension that is expected to last into next week CBD Energy Limited requests an immediate voluntary suspension pending the release of an announcement by CBD regarding the outcome of discussions between CBD and its financiers and major creditors in relation to a proposed restructuring of CBD the company told investors in a statement With its shares trading at 1 1 cents the company doesn t have the greatest bargaining power Newtricity Plans for a new wind farm south west of Sydney have been sent to the NSW Department of Planning according to the ABC Newtricity is looking to construct a 40 turbine wind project near Crookwell with the 30 million Biala wind farm due to be built between 2015 and 2017 Algae Tec Algae to biofuels group Algae Tec has completed a share purchase plan raising just shy of three quarters of a million dollars

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/7/19/green-deals/green-deals-sunshine-states-solar-statement (2014-01-13)
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