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Digital attacks can cause havoc in different places all at the same time. Pushish Images/Shutterstock.com

A cyberattack could wreak destruction comparable to a nuclear weapon

Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
Expanding solar power potential more than it’s needed could replace more expensive energy storage. Jamey Stillings

A radical idea to get a high-renewable electric grid: Build way more solar and wind than needed

Solar and wind can't deliver power on demand. But overbuilding solar and wind, and simply dumping unneeded energy, would go a long way to smoothing out those bumps, study finds.
Charging six cars at once is fine. Charging 60 million might be a bit tougher. Nadya Kubik/Shutterstock.com

Switching to electric vehicles could save the US billions, but timing is everything

Ensuring that everyone doesn't charge their cars simultaneously will make a big difference.
With the right settings, Labor’s new scheme could benefit householders as well as the grid itself. Shutterstock.com

Labor’s battery plan – good policy, or just good politics?

Federal Labor has promised to give rebates of up to $2,000 to 100,000 households to install batteries to store power from solar panels. Is this good energy policy, or just middle-class welfare?
The Mugga Lane Solar Farm in the ACT is part of a new wave of large-scale renewable energy projects. AAP Image/Moaneng Australia

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025

Australia could be getting half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, even without government subsidies for new wind and solar projects, according to a new analysis of energy industry trends.
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?
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather. Leonard Low/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

New coal doesn’t stack up – just look at Queensland’s renewable energy numbers

There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.

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