Information about discounts will be simpler, but you’ll still have to do the legwork to shop around.
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The government's deal with electricity retailers to provide simple information to customers about their discounts and bills is a welcome step, but doesn't cut to the heart of the power price issue.
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Price caps don't cut it – but community ownership can help solve the energy problem and make people more resilient.
Residential electricity prices in Canada and the United States are typically less a half those in Australia.
The charge for retailing electricity in Australia compares poorly other deregulated markets in Europe
Australia’s electricity grid is no longer fit for purpose.
Privatisation has failed to keep Australia's electricity cheap and reliable. Time to renationalise the grid.
Was Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly right about the relative cost of electricity in Australia and the US?
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Liberal MP Craig Kelly said businesses and households in Australia are paying twice as much as Americans for their electricity. Is that true?
Wind farms are pushing down the price of electricity in the electricity market.
Chris J Stewart, Starfish Wind Farm, Cape Jervis, South Australia.
South Australia's recent blackout raised questions about the role of wind energy in Australia's electricity network.
Australa’s electricity network is going through a period of major transformation.
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Australia's electricity market will be reviewed over the next six months, following South Australia's state-wide blackout.
Police direct traffic in South Australia’s blackout.
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South Australia's wind energy has been caught in a storm since last week's blackout, but what do we really know?
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy.
What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
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The UK's first new nuclear power station since the 1990s is coming at the expense of renewable energy and leaving us unnervingly in hock to the Chinese.
Bringing down over-investment in electricity networks is a complicated area for regulators.
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A senate interim report suggests the retrospective write-down of state-owned gold-plated electricity assets. Good luck with that.
Rooftop solar panels are disrupting Australia’s electricity market, and competing with networks.
The federal government's keenly awaited Energy White Paper is firmly focused on cutting prices and red tape, and boosting industry competitiveness - and less so on climate change and renewable energy.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance with the 2014 budget. An economic analysis has found electricity revenues have been crucial to keeping the NSW budget in surplus in recent years.
We found that without state-owned electricity revenues, the NSW Coalition government would have struggled to avoid recording deficits in every budget since its election in 2011.
Money spent on helping consumers reduce demand means less money spent on substations and other infrastructure.
Incentives for cutting peak power demand are cheaper than building ever more infrastructure and sending power bills ever higher. The industry has a chance to embrace this new approach - but will it?
Dialing up. Energy companies and the numbers game.
The revelations about the penalties for staying with your power company are a good marker for the kind of regulation we need.
Peak power use is also a busy time for young families.
A key plank of the Australian Government’s draft energy policy is to reform electricity pricing so that it more accurately reflects rises and falls in peak demand. New tariffs, such as time-of-use (TOU…
Free ‘fuel’ means renewable energy has almost no marginal cost.
Our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter. – Lewis L Strauss, chair of the US Atomic Energy Commission, 1954. When Strauss first coined the phrase above he was thinking…
Falling demand and prices are leaving no incentive to invest in Australia’s electricity sector.
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There’s been much talk about how uncertainty over the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is affecting the renewable energy industry. Investment in renewable energy is at its lowest level since…
A rose-tinted view of central energy planning, or the best fit for the job?
While a privatised energy market has delivered stable and cost-effective electricity to Britain’s national grid for 25 years, the world and the pressures it faces are changing. A group of Newcastle University…
Too complex by half.
With floods sweeping the country, energy policy has slipped down the agenda since Labour’s attention-grabbing price freeze policy announcement. And this of course is unfortunate, as energy policy is central…