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Smart meters promise lower bills, but could also reduce your privacy. AAP Image/David Crosling

Sharing your meter data might help cut your power bill, but it needs secure regulation

Smart meters are being rolled out across Australia, offering the opportunity to share data with third parties who promise to help you find a cheaper deal. But this requires strong consumer protection.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Capping electricity prices: a quick fix with hidden risks

Australians are angry about electricity prices and both the federal government and opposition are proposing to cap them. Will this approach work, and what are the risks?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces his plan to keep the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation until 2024, in this June 2018 photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Doug Ford’s energy shake-up could cost Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford seems intent on dismantling the previous government's energy strategy. But that may not protect consumers.
The latest research suggests that in Australia, rooftop solar photovoltaics are more likely to be adopted by middle-class households.

Are solar panels a middle-class purchase? This survey says yes

Households that are most likely to go solar are those that can afford solar panels, but aren't so rich that they don't have to worry about their electricity bill at all, says a survey of 8,000 homes.
Dedicating a 31-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Rainshadow Community Charter High School, in Reno, Nevada. BlackRock Solar

The state of the US solar industry: 5 questions answered

What's at stake as the Trump administration imposes trade sanctions on imported solar panels? A look at the US solar energy industry, which generates more than twice as many jobs as coal energy.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas. Orderinchaos/Wikimedia Commons

WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change

Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter to major power companies calling for relief on electricity and gas prices. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull to tell power companies: do better by customers

Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the chiefs of major power companies to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how customers can be given more relief through better deals on electricity prices.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon. chanus/shutterstock.com

Why bad housing design pumps up power prices for everyone

Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.

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