Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer.
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.
Remember, a belt-and-braces power grid doesn’t come cheap.
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Sections of the media have talked up the prospects of future power outages, even though the electricity market operator predicts that Australia's stringent reliability standards will still be met.
A man reads the newspaper by flashlight during the Northeast Blackout in August 2003.
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Fifteen years after the Northeast Blackout of 2003 cut power to 50 million people in the US and Canada, experts explain that many threats to the electricity grid remain.
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.
There are ways we can stay cool in a heat wave without blasting air con at peak times.
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The urban heat island and summertime blackouts.
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Today, we're asking why some of the most disadvantaged parts of our cities cop the worst of a heatwave and how you -- yes, you! -- can do your bit to reduce the risk of a summer time blackout.
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
Eclipses are fun, but no one wants to be left in the dark by a blackout.
The solar eclipse offered electricity network operators a "live drill" in how to cope with fluctuating output from renewable energy. They passed with flying colours.
There are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.
Rising gas prices and energy security issues have led to calls for more gas to be pumped into our energy system. But we need to balance that with the equally pressing need to limit greenhouse emissions.
Malcolm Turnbull has continued his attack on the energy situation in South Australia, with its high reliance on renewables.
A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security.
The rules were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options.
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Here's the real problem behind Australia's electricity woes: the rules that govern decisions about what infrastructure to build, and when, are inflexible and outdated.
It’s time to take the political heat out of electricity grids.
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Privatisation and competition were supposed to make electricity cheaper. Instead, Australia's quasi-federal energy system has made it easier to pass the buck when things go wrong.
Christopher Pyne, Malcolm Turnbull and Steven Marshall have all spoken out on renewables in South Australia.
Storage is the issue politicians must deal with if we are to transition away from coal and gas based power generation.
Powering into the night. The Drax plant in Yorkshire.
Winter is coming. And the UK has a real chance of [brownouts](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownout_(electricity) or even blackouts from lack of power. The long predicted capacity crunch in electric power…