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In the absence of federal policy, states are pursing their own renewable targets. Karsten Würth/Unsplash

We need a national renewables approach, or some states – like NSW – will miss out

State renewable energy targets have been driving energy investment in Australia. 'Where and when' the generation and transmission build occurs varies substantially under a national approach.
It’s a long way from most places, but it is about to host a bigger battery than the world’s biggest, molten salt solar and pumped hydro generation, and a much bigger steelworks. Shutterstock

Not wiped out. Why Whyalla, of all places, now has a sustainable future

Far from being wiped off the map as was once predicted, Whyalla is coming back in an unlikely way, as potentially Australia's biggest steel producer powered almost entirely by renewable energy.
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?
Now that Shorten has released the energy policy this week, the. Coalition is reaching back into the past for lines and fears. Ben Rushton/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Labor’s energy policy is savvy – now is it scare-proof?

Labor's promise to subsidise batteries for households quickly became, in government parlance, “pink batts to pink batteries” – seeking to trigger memories of Rudd's policy that cost several lives.
The poll found stark differences between voting intentions and attitude to energy policy. Shutterstock

47% say prioritise cutting power bills: Ipsos

A new poll reveals many Australians want to cut their electricity bills - but many also want to reduce emissions.
In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The uncertain future of U.S. coal communities

Despite politically powerful coal communities helping elect a president who vowed guarantee their continued prosperity, their future remains more uncertain than ever.

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