Will decarbonising energy make it more expensive? Probably not, but we could assuage doubts by linking emission reduction targets to price.
As coal has muscled its way to the centre of the stage, we've seen the showdown between the government and AGL over the future of its Liddell coal-fired power station.
We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
Politics podcast: Mark Butler on energy uncertainty.
Opposition climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler has written about the toxic divisions on energy policy in a recent book.
In trying to grapple with energy Malcolm Turnbull is playing on the right field, but being able to kick the goals is another matter.
AGL has delivered an initial sharp rebuff to Malcolm Turnbull's plea to extend the life of the Liddell coal-fired power station by at least five years.
Energy certainty is unattainable, because of disruptive change and multiple agendas. But we can deliver affordable, reliable, clean energy services. Governments will have to adapt.
A panel of leading economists has given its majority verdict on Alan Finkel's proposed Clean Energy Target: it may not be the best possible emissions policy, but we should get on with it anyway.
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.
While Bill Shorten has little at risk, his campaigning on same-sex marriage could come to Malcolm Turnbull's aid.
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.
The idea that Australia's national electricity market is either useful or feasible has simply passed.
The University of Canberra’s Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
A new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia says that the electricity sector needs to do far more to cut its carbon emissions than will be delivered by current policies.
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.
While Malcolm Turnbull celebrates the parliament passing the school funding package, the government is still trying to deal with an energy crisis.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
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.
Coalition backbenchers have expressed several doubts over the Finkel scheme, most notably on affordability and whether it will include coal.
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.