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electricity woes: the rules that govern decisions about what infrastructure to build, and when, are inflexible and outdated.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.
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.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels.
The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
You shouldn’t have to crank up the aircon.
Power-hungry houses that rely on air conditioning to make up for their bad design mean that the electricity grid has to cope with summer demand peaks – and everybody pays.
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?
Batteries may be a good way to store energy in the home.
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Batteries aren't the only type of storage, and all types of storage have their role to play in the future grid.
Lights out for Hazelwood, but other power stations can pick up the slack.
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The potential shutdown of Victoria's Hazelwood power station could leave a large gap in coal-fired baseload generation. But other coal power stations have plenty of spare capacity to fill the gap.
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.
South Australia’s wind energy is providing secure energy to the state.
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In the wake of South Australia's blackout, politicians have blamed renewables for decreasing the state's energy security.
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Energy isolation would be more expensive and less secure.
Rwanda has ambitious plans to improve its electricity output in the next few years.
Rwanda has adopted a number of plans to improve its electricity output. There are valuable lessons other African countries can learn from it.
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?
In Nigeria 96% of households are connected to the grid, but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time.
Africa still has numerous electricity challenges to overcome, but several countries are getting it right when it comes to providing electricity to their people.