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.
Power costs are moderating after sharp increases, according to an energy White Paper.
Consumers must play a role in reducing their electricity bills, the government says.
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?
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…
If Australia’s to have nuclear power, there’ll have to be policies to support it.
No sooner had foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop announced that Australia should take a fresh look at nuclear power than Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded that nuclear power would only be supported…
Roof-top solar panels are just one part of the micropower revolution.
There is no shortage of shouting and dire warnings about the state of the climate and our need to phase out fossil fuels. But there is a more silent revolution happening too — in micropower. Small-scale…