There could be much clearer skies ahead for energy policy if states take the reins.
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The federal government is primarily to blame for the mess that is Australia's energy policy. It's time for the states to step up, to reduce both prices and emissions.
Motorists and governments have each been waiting for the other to take the plunge on electric cars.
The announcement of a new fast-charging network to link the major east coast cities will do much to encourage motorists to buy electric cars. But the power utilities need to get on board too.
Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry checks out a wind turbine.
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There are some good explanations for the mismatch between regional support for climate action and the areas where renewable energy is making the biggest inroads.
The Mugga Lane Solar Farm in the ACT is part of a new wave of large-scale renewable energy projects.
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Australia could be getting half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, even without government subsidies for new wind and solar projects, according to a new analysis of energy industry trends.
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.
The government is now firmly focused on lowering household power bills.
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Australians are angry about electricity prices and both the federal government and opposition are proposing to cap them. Will this approach work, and what are the risks?
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.
The high-voltage lines carrying electricity across the U.S. aren’t the only potential targets.
Power utilities' cybersecurity practices may be effective, but need to evolve over time. And all companies operating elements of the grid – even the small ones – should step up.
Who’s in control of what’s flowing in these wires?
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Experts explain the task of securing the electrical grid against cyberattacks, and discuss potential solutions and the risk of failure.
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather.
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There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.
Offshore wind turbine near Scotland.
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Generating less electricity with fossil fuels could help save lives.
Solar lowers prices and shifts when daily peak demand hours are.
Large-scale solar and wind tend to push energy prices down, which sounds great as a consumer. But that makes keeping the grid in constant balance harder.
Josh Frydenberg met with state energy ministers in Melbourne the latest round of discussions over the National Energy Guarantee.
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The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August.
Is the long journey towards a bipartisan emissions policy nearing its end?
State energy ministers meet this week to discuss the National Energy Guarantee. While the policy has been criticised as too modest, it would put us light years ahead of the previous climate policy paralysis.
Off-grid mountain house.
Lowering your carbon footprint by living off-grid is a sustainability dream. But how possible is it using current technology?
More blue sky thinking could help the grid get even smarter.
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'Virtual power plants' offer extra power to the grid by tweaking the operation of batteries and appliances right across the network. But even this might be too blunt a tool for our future energy needs.
Keeping the lights on has always been a stormy issue in South Australia.
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Two decades ago, the then SA premier, John Olsen, defied a campaign promise and announced plans to privatise the state's electricity industry. It's been a high-voltage issue ever since.
Solar and wind compete with coal power plants when it comes to energy storage systems.
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Energy storage, such as big batteries, on the power grid is generally seen as 'green' technology but the reality is more complicated, an analysis finds.
Bill Shorten said he had become increasingly sceptical of Adani in recent months.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.
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.