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Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The government’s electricity shortlist rightly features pumped hydro (and wrongly includes coal)

Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.
These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock)

The future of renewable infrastructure is uncertain without good planning

Small-scale renewable energy projects can power rural areas not connected to the main grid. But investors may hesitate if future electrification remains unpredictable.
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
Assembling capacitors for electric automobiles at SBE, Inc. in Barre, Vermont, July 16, 2010. SBE received a $9 million stimulus grant to build electric drive components. AP Photo/Toby Talbot

What Green New Deal advocates can learn from the 2009 economic stimulus act

An Obama administration veteran offers some insights from his experience about driving massive increases in clean energy.
The solar boom continues, but not necessarily because of government policy settings. AAP Image/UNSW

Australia is counting on cooking the books to meet its climate targets

Australia's government insists it is on track to surpass its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. But while that may be true, it will only happen with some clever accounting.
Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer. yellowbkpk/Flickr

35 degree days make blackouts more likely, but new power stations won’t help

Summer is here and the chance of blackouts is higher than normal. But the cause is unlikely to be the power station. The problem is usually much closer to home – in the local poles and wires.

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