Three decades of behavioural experiments show consumers given too many choices are more likely to make a bad or no choice.
Energy companies and other retailers bamboozle us with options to increase their profits. Here's how the behavioural phenomenon of choice overload works.
Renewables can cut prices as well as emissions.
South Australia's energy prices have gone up as more renewables entered the market – but prices would have gone up even more without them.
There could be much clearer skies ahead for energy policy if states take the reins.
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The federal government is primarily to blame for the mess that is Australia's energy policy. It's time for the states to step up, to reduce both prices and emissions.
Melissa Price, the new Minister for the Environment, has a tough road ahead.
Splitting the energy and environment portfolios might sound like a backward step, but here's why it could work.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills.
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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?
The takeup of rooftop solar was much more rapid and widespread than many policymakers predicted.
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Australia's consumer watchdog has concluded that rooftop solar incentives have distorted the market unfairly for those who cannot afford solar panels, and has recommended the scheme ends ten years early.
Australia’s energy prices have doubled since 2015.
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A Grattan Institute report has found renewable energy investment could offer a path to lower rates, but they won't drop below 2015 prices.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said South Australia's high electricity prices were "the consequence" of Jay Weatherill's renewable energy policies. Is that right?
Politician’s energy priorities do not necessarily align with those of ordinary Australians.
A new report has found that Tasmanians, Queenslanders and New South Welshmen are paying $100-$400 a year for unnecessary infrastructure.
The outcome of the three-horse race between Jay Weatherill’s Labor, Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best and Steven Marshall’s Liberals is uncertain.
Much is in play for South Australia in this weekend's state election – politically and economically.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC.
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SA Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall said that state Labor policy had left South Australians with 'the highest energy prices in Australia' and 'the least reliable grid'. Is that right?
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At the end of 2017, Australia is starting to (slowly) address our energy problems. But it's also clear the federal government has abdicated leadership and responsibility.
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The government's handshake deal with gas suppliers may have stopped the market plunging off a cliff, but it's not doing much more.
Solar home designed by University of Maryland students for the Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the US needs to subsidize nuclear and coal power plants to keep the grid stable. But this policy would raise energy costs and could drive consumers off-grid instead.
With a hot summer forecast, keeping cool will put a strain on financially vulnerable households.
Cooling off this summer will be more expensive than ever, putting at risk the very young, the elderly and people with health conditions.
Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference.
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The new policy will put the onus on electricity retailers to cut emissions while guaranteeing reliability. And while the scheme isn't perfect, it offers a rare opportunity for bipartisanship.
Boosting state support for energy efficiency would be a fairer way to reduce bills.
The government has so far refrained from putting a legal limit on LNG leaving our shores.
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By signing an agreement with the big three producers, the government has effectively made the east coast gas shortage evaporate. But there's no guarantee the price pain will go away too.
Climate policy has become bogged down in the debate over a clean energy target.
Will decarbonising energy make it more expensive? Probably not, but we could assuage doubts by linking emission reduction targets to price.
Federal energy policy failure is provoking action at other levels – it's multi-layered democracy in action.