Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
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On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
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Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars.
Anna Krien's latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting.
The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production has transformed the energy picture in the country, but the influence is muted globally.
The Trump administration has set a new national policy: energy dominance. But can the US really dominate other countries through fossil fuel exports?
Politics podcast: Alan Finkel on the future of Australia’s energy market.
Alan Finkel acknowledges there's a hard road ahead for policymaking on energy.
The bid to keep the lights on is prompting ever more government meddling in electricity markets.
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Proposals for the government to commission more "baseload" electricity generation will raise private sector concerns over Canberra's growing willingness to intervene in a previously free market.
Turnbull takes heart from the widespread acceptance that things can’t stay as they are.
To implement an alternative that still effectively puts a price on emissions might – apart from its policy advantages – be seen by Malcolm Turnbull as righting the old wrong done to him by his party.
Politics podcast: Josh Frydenberg, George Christensen and Mark Butler on the Finkel review.
It's clear that reaching an outcome on energy policy which brings the certainty business needs to invest will be a hard slog for Malcolm Turnbull.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected.
The degree of pushback against a clean energy target was stronger than had been anticipated, given the intense lobbying of the backbench Josh Frydenberg had done ahead of the meeting.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott.
Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
The Finkel Review is scientifically modest but politically deft.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has attempted to address the energy 'trilemma': electricity that's cheap, reliable and low-emissions. Has he succeeded? Our expert panel weighs in.
Pittsburgh, between its industrial past and a clean, green tech-driven future.
Pittsburgh's post-industrial economic resurgence is promising, a historian of the region writes, but there's a reason President Trump highlighted the area in his speech exiting the Paris climate deal.
Cholla power plant near Joseph City, Arizona, photographed on Jan. 16, 2010.
Coal-fired power plants produce air pollution that kills thousands of Americans every year. President Trump's embrace of coal energy will delay a shift to cleaner fuels that is saving money and lives.
Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?
The board of Indian mining firm Adani has approved its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine. But has the Queensland government failed in its duty to be responsible with publicly owned resources such as coal?
The Wollangambe River’s canyons are loved by adventurers.
The environmental regulator has stepped in to stop water pollution from an underground coal mine damaging a World Heritage River. Can the mine deliver improvements and will the river recover?
A proposed coal plant in Kenya would rely on imports for up to 10 years.
Kenya has abundant energy options like solar, and geothermal that are cheaper than coal. A proposed new coal plant could become a 'stranded asset'.
Many banks are worried that coal investments could be left stranded on their asset books.
A new Climate Council report points out that the Paris Agreement's carbon budget leaves no room for the development of massive new coal reserves such as the proposed Carmichael mine.
Data shows coal is on the way out.
As the cost of renewable energy falls, funding a new mine is a risky investment.
With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future.
The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
Has carbon capture and storage been tarnished by its association with the coal industry?
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Carbon capture and storage gets a bad rap from its associations with 'clean coal'. But the technology could prove vital in cutting emissions from other industries like steel, cement and chemicals.
Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management.
Adani's controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence. But a range of measures could help the industry use less freshwater.