The renewable energy industry can also create jobs.
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The idea of a renewable energy transition is exciting. It opens up space to think about enhancing democracy and decolonization.
France, Germany and other European countries are increasing their use of renewable energy sources as well as storage solutions to help overcome their intermittent nature.
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.
Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa.
South Africa's sunshine and coastlines are ideal for renewable energy generation but the country's struggling to take advantage of this.
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.
Are there greener pastures ahead for gas?
By embracing natural gas made from renewable sources, we can still use gas for heating, cooking and industry, while slashing greenhouse emissions and even keeping much of the same infrastructure.
Torrefaction produces a substance that can be burned like coal.
Biomass that's been through a torrefaction process could do the same duty as coal, with far less water use and less pollution.
A road to nowhere?
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Solar roadways have been promoted as a way to fight climate change, put people to work and make driving safer. But on closer inspection the reality is less than impressive.
Lithium batteries offer renewable energy electricity power storage.
High quality Li-ion batteries could help Africa optimise renewable energy.
Australia needs to think about the energy grid of the future.
'Energy security' isn't just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.
Monitoring the flow of electrical power at the California Independent System Operator grid control center.
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A new law provides flexibility in terms of how the state can meet this new target for the electricity it consumes.
The Mugga Lane Solar Farm in the ACT is part of a new wave of large-scale renewable energy projects.
AAP Image/Moaneng Australia
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.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
The shrinking supply of Colorado River water is evident at the Hoover Dam on the border of Arizona and Nevada.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
Taking millions of gallons of water permanently out of the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought would surely start an interstate fight.
Record-shattering heatwaves and exceptional wildfires have occurred throughout the northern hemisphere this summer.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Earth is on the edge of being pushed over a planetary threshold that could lead to a "Hothouse Earth." But if we take the risks seriously there is room for a more benign future.
Ministers at the last COAG Energy Council meeting, in April 2018. Some faces have since changed, while some states have entrenched their positions.
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As energy ministers head into a crucial meeting with their federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg, our state-by-state guide compares their various stances on the future of the National Energy Guarantee.
Frydenberg said: “Never before has there been an energy policy that has attracted such broad support.”
Meanwhile, underlining that next week will see a tough internal debate, Liberal backbencher Tony Pasin has contradicted Malcolm Turnbull’s statement that the NEG had already been endorsed by the party room.
Blue-sky thinking? It’s hard to assess the evidence base for the predicted outcomes of the National Energy Guarantee.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
The final design of the National Energy Guarantee promises that the policy will drive down power prices. But there is precious little evidence for this assertion.
Wind turbines at dusk.
Our energy supply underpins everything we do – so why is it exempt from the fair trade arguments used for food and clothing?
Survivors of the dam disaster take refuge at a temporary shelter in Laos’s Attapeu province.
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Images of the aftermath of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapse in Laos went around the world. But many other dam projects harm locals and the environment in less visible ways.