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.
High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity.
South Australia's government was angry about the blackouts enforced by electricity regulators. But with much of the state's gas power offline, the regulators had little choice.
Solar panels can be both a headache and an opportunity for network companies.
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Managing voltage on the electricity network has always been an issue. But solar panels have the potential to make the situation better, not worse as some have feared.
Renewable energy targets were a controversial topic at a recent COAG meeting between the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers.
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In the absence of strong federal action on climate change, many states have developed their own climate and energy policies.
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?
An emissions intensity trading scheme increases the cost of coal power compared to other electricity sources.
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Why is everyone talking about 'emissions intensity' schemes this week?
South Australia’s blackout was a reminder of the importance of our infrastructure.
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While South Australia's storm hasn't yet been specifically linked to climate change, it's a reminder of the challenge of delivering essential services in a more variable climate.
Can Kangaroo Island’s pioneering spirit be harnessed in the push for renewable energy?
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Kangaroo Island's electricity link to the mainland needs replacing. But a new analysis shows that for roughly the same price, the island could move to independent, local renewable energy sources.
Australia’s power policies still aren’t heading in quite the right direction.
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Australia's energy policy has lost its way over the past couple of decades, which is unfortunate because the challenges – to move to a low-carbon economy without high prices – have never been tougher.
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Energy isolation would be more expensive and less secure.
Labor has promised half of Australia’s electricity will come from renewables in 2030.
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There's a wealth of climate policies to choose from this election – but what will they do electricity prices?
By 2030 large-scale solar cost about the same as fossils fuels.
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By 2030 renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will cost a similar amount to fossils fuels such as coal and gas, thanks to falling technology costs
Renewables could benefit from more energy storage capacity in the electricity network.
Energy storage is often considered the holy grail of the electricity sector. Great for households, it could be as important in the wider electricity network.
When Facebook goes down it's an irritation. But as the world moves its data and processing to the cloud, the potential for major loss grows ever greater.
Gas bill got you feeling grey? A reverse cycle air conditioner could save you money.
Heating your home using electricity is not just cheaper, it's more efficient and can be considered renewable.
Businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases will have their emissions capped.
Australia's new cap on emissions includes aspects of a "baseline and credit" emissions trading scheme. That's cheaper for businesses, but means more regulation.
Energy efficiency has driven the recent fall in electricity demand.
In June this year, forecasts revealed residential and business demand has risen for the first time in five years. The trend could be here to stay, according to a report released today from the Australia Institute.
The internet of things – including the equipment on the power grid – is increasing cybersecurity risks for all critical infrastructure.
Elon Musk says the the Powerwall solar charged batteries could take a home off the electricity grid.
Not everyone will get the chance to cut their household electricity bills from solar powered batteries.
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.