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Lake Liddell with power stations. Wikimedia commons

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
The Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle. AAP Image/Dean Sewell/Greenpeace

The true cost of keeping the Liddell power plant open

Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon – cost.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy. Shutterstock

The day Australia was put on blackout alert

The energy market operator has released a report on the state of Australia's electricity system. It couldn't be blunter if it tried: the market has failed.
Bill Shorten tabled a copy of his UK citizenship renunciation documents on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Shorten shakes off citizenship pursuers as Labor pursues Joyce

While it would have been much easier for the government if Barnaby Joyce had stood aside from cabinet while the High Court determined his parliamentary eligibility, the Nationals leader was too big a fish…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg speak with the media during a press conference following a meeting with energy company bosses at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Sydney. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Turnbull is pursuing ‘energy certainty’ but what does that actually mean?

Energy certainty is unattainable, because of disruptive change and multiple agendas. But we can deliver affordable, reliable, clean energy services. Governments will have to adapt.

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